Comment Plus: pick of the papers

The ten must-read pieces from the Sunday papers.

1. Nick Clegg sets the test which will make or break this coalition (Observer)

Clegg's political survival depends on whether this government can implement spending cuts without the savagery of the Eighties, says Andrew Rawnsley.

2. How everyone could win from the "cuts" (Sunday Telegraph)

Elsewhere, Janet Daley says that the cuts should be part of a fundamental reconstruction of the way public services are funded and delivered.

3. Cable on manoeuvres (News of the World)

Vince Cable wants to be seen as the unofficial leader of the anti-Tory resistance, writes Fraser Nelson.

4. Labour's lads fight to be twice as nice (Sunday Times)

The next Labour leader needs to learn that niceness is a weapon of war in politics, writes Martin Ivens.

5. We were wrong to allow so many eastern Europeans into Britain (Observer)

Ed Balls says that Britain was wrong not to impose transitional controls on migration from the new EU member states in 2004.

6. Obama and the oil: from "Yes, we can" to "No, we can't" (Independent on Sunday)

Barack Obama's helplessness in the face of the oil spill shows a grim pessimism is taking hold in the US, writes Rupert Cornwell.

7. In the midst of horror, be amazed at the goodness of the survivors (Observer)

The dignity and strength of the people of Cumbria shows just how far from a broken Britain we are, argues Henry Porter.

8. Cameron's "Manny State" can wean us off big government (Sunday Telegraph)

Elsewhere, Matthew d'Ancona says that David Cameron's measured response to the Cumbria shootings proves how determined he is to end our reliance on the state.

9. The deadly closing of the Israeli mind (Independent on Sunday)

The international condemnation of Israel's assault on the Gaza flotilla will not prompt the country's leaders to think again, writes Ilan Pappé.

10. Fair pay can't be defined, but still the snoops are after our wallets (Sunday Times)

The publication of private-sector pay would be a dangerous attack on privacy and freedom, says Minette Marrin.

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Cabinet audit: what does the appointment of Liam Fox as International Trade Secretary mean for policy?

The political and policy-based implications of the new Secretary of State for International Trade.

Only Nixon, it is said, could have gone to China. Only a politician with the impeccable Commie-bashing credentials of the 37th President had the political capital necessary to strike a deal with the People’s Republic of China.

Theresa May’s great hope is that only Liam Fox, the newly-installed Secretary of State for International Trade, has the Euro-bashing credentials to break the news to the Brexiteers that a deal between a post-Leave United Kingdom and China might be somewhat harder to negotiate than Vote Leave suggested.

The biggest item on the agenda: striking a deal that allows Britain to stay in the single market. Elsewhere, Fox should use his political capital with the Conservative right to wait longer to sign deals than a Remainer would have to, to avoid the United Kingdom being caught in a series of bad deals. 

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. He usually writes about politics.