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CommentPlus: pick of the papers

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

1. The best way to finance universities is to make the participants pay (Guardian)

Simon Jenkins says that Vince Cable was right to take aim at universities, but wrong about a graduate tax that will make them more chained to the state.

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2. A proposal worthy of exploration (Independent)

The Indie's leading article notes the shortcomings of the graduate tax, but says that these objections are not overwhelming -- there could be substantial benefits to social equity.

3. Big players take all in the philanthropy game (Times)

Nicholas Hytner, director of the National Theatre, discusses arts spending cuts. Big houses such as the National will be OK, but smaller theatres will struggle if American-style patronage is rushed through.

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4. Come clean about torture (Guardian)

Richard Norton-Taylor urges former ministers to speak up at the judicial inquiry over rendition of British citizens. They should be shamed into doing so.

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5. Now Cameron jilts the environment (Independent)

The Prime Minister is opening the oceans off the Shetland Islands to deep-sea drilling, says Johann Hari, and promising Big Oil tax breaks to drill, baby, drill.

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6. Allies may fret but Obama understands America's role (Financial Times)

Philip Stephens outlines the tribulations of the president's foreign policy. He was elected partly for his demonstrable personal global appeal, but has yet to persuade Americans of his description of the world.

7. Now end this Darfur denial (Guardian)

Luis Moreno-Ocampo, prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, says that it has laid charges for genocide. The UN must seize the moment to act for the victims of Sudan.

8. Why this murderer matters (Independent)

The tributes to Raoul Moat reflect a world very different from that of the Prime Minister, says Mary Dejevsky, but they spill far beyond Moat's stamping ground on the wrong side of the tracks.

9. Create jobs -- make it easier to sack people (Times)

Redundancy is the most painful process, says Camilla Cavendish. But firms have no incentive to hire if it's almost impossible to fire people.

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10. Europe's stress test is no short cut to stability (Financial Times)

Mohamed el-Erian considers next week's announcement of stress test results for European banks -- they might not have the same positive effect that similar tests in America did last year.

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