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CommentPlus: pick of the papers

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

1. A two-faced coalition is hard to fight but Labour needs to find a way, quick (Guardian)

Jonathan Freedland offers some advice to Labour: the opposition can best do its job by getting over the Blair-Brown rift -- and nailing Conservative claims that it caused the present crisis.

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2. You remember Labour's downfall -- or do you? (Times)

Our recollection of political events is more fallible than we realise, says Daniel Finkelstein. Labour is winning the battle of narratives, and much depends on whether the party can keep it up.

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3. We have to plan for a bigger population (Independent)

The population is growing, says Hamish McRae, so we must plan for it both physically and socially. The first involves more spending on infrastructure; the second is to do with defining rights and responsibilities.

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4. The war on greed begins at the dinner table (Financial Times)

Max Hastings argues that our bankers would be rash to ignore public sentiment, which will make political intervention inevitable unless they accept a culture change.

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5. The prison system is too big to fail, and too big to succeed (Guardian)

Anne Owers, the retiring chief inspector of prisons, discusses the pressures on the system. With our correctional institutions overcrowded, resources have been sucked from the agencies that could prevent reoffending.

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6. My undemocratic survival plan for the euro (Times)

If Europe can avoid financial breakdown at the end of this month, the single currency will probably pull through, says Anatole Kaletsky. But only a full-scale federal Europe will keep it secure.

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7. Sarkozy's summer of scandal (Independent)

John Lichfield looks at the financial scandal engulfing Nicolas Sarkozy. He came to power promising to be a new kind of politician, but the French president is now beset by old-fashioned troubles. Can he survive?

8. Three years and new fault lines threaten (Financial Times)

Martin Wolf points out that the challenge of returning to stability after the financial crash while maintaining an open global economy is enormous. Leaders of the world's main economies must reform co-operatively and deeply.

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9. Is Google just the start? (Guardian)

As the global giant loses out in China, western firms fear the odds may be stacked against them. Isabel Hilton discusses the perception of a growing policy of state-led discrimination in favour of Chinese firms.

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10. Let's defend our way of life, not just our lives (Times)

Total safety is incompatible with an open society. The Conservative MP David Davis says that is why he can't support 28-day detention -- the longest in the civilised world.

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