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The ten must-read pieces from this morning’s papers.

1. Lab-Lib -- the only legitimate coalition (Guardian)

The legitimacy of a Lab-Lib coalition is based on the reality that Britain is a social-democratic, not a Conservative country, says Polly Toynbee. Most who voted Lib Dem would feel betrayed if Nick Clegg sided with the Tories.

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2. A good man, who wanted the top job too much (Times)

The real Gordon Brown possessed the qualities that make a great prime minister, writes Roy Hattersley. But during his 13 years in government, the real Brown was too often obsessed with political respectability and orthodoxy.

3. A Lib Dem pact risks Labour's survival (Guardian)

A rainbow coalition, propped up by unreliable nationalist parties, would result in a huge defeat for Labour at the next election, warns David Blunkett.

4. A resignation that changes everything (Independent)

But elsewhere, Steve Richards says that the Lib Dems must seize the chance to change the political landscape, rather than prop up a largely unreformed Conservative Party.

5. Britain too has to convince the markets (Financial Times)

If the next government is to have any chance of tackling the Budget deficit it must announce hefty tax increases in addition to unprecedented spending cuts, argues Philip Stephens.

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6. It's a fight for power: purists v pragmatists (Times)

The choice all parties now face is between compromising to win power and retaining the purity of opposition, says Rachel Sylvester.

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7. Locking out voters is not exactly democratic (Daily Telegraph)

The simplest way to reform the chaotic voting process is to move election day from Thursday to Sunday, writes Philip Johnston.

8. I share their despair, but I'm not quite ready to climb the Dark Mountain (Guardian)

The Dark Mountain Project wishes for the collapse of industrial civilisation, but it ignores the environmental technology that could prove our saviour, says George Monbiot.

9. A small nudge towards breaking the conservative grip on the judiciary (Independent)

Barack Obama's appointment of Elena Kagan to the US Supreme Court will begin to break the conservative grip on the judiciary, writes Rupert Cornwell.

10. Germany pays for Merkel's miscalculations (Financial Times)

Angel Merkel failed to prepare Germany for her U-turn on the Greek bailout and is now suffering the consequences, says Wolfgang Münchau.

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