Politics 19 July 2010 CommentPlus: pick of the papers The ten must-read pieces from this morning’s papers. Sign up for our weekly email * Print HTML 1. The coalition doesn't want to heal Britain's broken leg, but amputate it (Guardian) Gary Younge says the left must show this for the elective surgery it is: cuts born of ideology, in which the many pay for a crisis created by the rich. Read the CommentPlus summary. 2. Women on top? You've got to be joking (Independent) For at least 20 years, says Mary Ann Sieghart, we have been fed the line that the "future is female". But the future has always failed to materialise. 3. Let's face it, not all of us have an inner tycoon (Times) Unemployed graduates should start their own businesses, according to David Willetts. But, as Libby Purves points out, not every bright, skilled and hardworking person is business-savvy. Read the CommentPlus summary. 4. Obama has angered the centre and the left (Financial Times) The economy is struggling and the US president's political judgement is at fault, argues Clive Crook -- he disappointed the left by not going far enough, but alienated the centre by apologising to the left, rather than repudiating it. Read the CommentPlus summary. 5. Obama's untold story (Guardian) Barack Obama's problems stem from the 9.5 per cent US unemployment rate, says Michael Tomasky. But Democrats are failing to convey effectively to voters that their efforts have actually made the economy stronger. Read the CommentPlus summary. 6. Illiteracy is bad for us -- so why don't we do something about it? (Daily Telegraph) The best way to teach reading and writing must be settled once and for all, says Boris Johnson, who discusses the merits of the phonics system. 7. Let the ocean's "oil-eaters" do their work (Times) Matt Ridley looks at the BP disaster, and previous oil disasters, concluding that the environmental threats that matter are the slow, continuous ones, not the telegenic sensations. Read the CommentPlus summary. 8. A bunch of mediocre wastrels (Independent) Yasmin Alibhai-Brown argues for the abolition of the monarchy, wrong in practice and principle. It binds the British people and their institutions into dependency and voluntary subservience. 9. Back to square one in Afghanistan (Guardian) A recent poll of 500 men in Afghanistan showed that 65 per cent believe Mullah Omar should join the government. Afghans know full well what their future holds, says Peter Preston -- and it doesn't involve us. Read the CommentPlus summary. 10. Why the battle is joined over tightening (Financial Times) To tighten or not to tighten? Martin Wolf runs through the main arguments, both from those who vehemently oppose government deficits, and from those who believe fiscal tightening should be postponed. Read the CommentPlus summary. Sign up now to CommentPlus for the pick of the day's opinion, comment and analysis in your inbox at 8am every weekday. › Laurie Penny: Caster Semenya’s pink T-shirt Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles What the debate over troops on the streets is missing The problems with ending encryption to fight terrorism How long will general election campaigning be suspended after the Manchester attack?