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

1. Mandelson: the little men's history (Guardian)

New Labour-era memoirs reveal smaller-than-life individuals for whom world events play second fiddle to petty obsessions, writes Gary Younge.

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2. So that's OK then. It's fine to abuse young girls, as long as you're a great film director (Independent)

The campaign in defence of Roman Polanski has ensured that a bragging child-rapist won't face his day in court, says Johann Hari.

3. Can the coalition triumph on the battlefield where Tony Blair was beaten? (Daily Telegraph)

Fraser Nelson asks whether the coalition can defeat the quangos, unions and bureaucracies that blocked public service reform during the Blair years.

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4. An authentic voice will end this psychodrama (Times)

The fracturing at the top of New Labour mirrored insecurity throughout, writes Rachel Sylvester. If the party is to succeed, it must rediscover its voice.

5. Cameron must make the case for talks with the Taliban (Guardian)

David Cameron should come out publicly for Washington to open contacts with the Taliban and make the case strongly at the White House next week, argues Jonathan Steele.

6. Political squalls before the cuts get serious (Financial Times)

Ministers would be wise not to sound quite so enthusiastic about making ferocious spending cuts, says Philip Stephens.

7. Church unmilitant (Times)

Rather than prioritising Anglican unity, Rowan Williams should show leadership by insisting on the validity of women bishops, argues a leader in the Times.

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8. Andrew Lansley's £80bn adventure (Guardian)

Lansley's NHS reforms hand the bulk of the health budget to GPs who have shown little interest in embracing that responsibility, says Michael White.

9. American business sours on China (Financial Times)

Corporate America is showing increasing signs of disillusionment with China, writes Gideon Rachman.

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10. Somalia projects a message of violence (Independent)

The latest terrorist atrocity proves that treating Somalia as just another part of the international war on terror and al-Qaeda is self-defeating, warns a leading article in the Independent.

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