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CommentPlus: pick of the papers

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

1. Nick Clegg: Florida, here we come (Guardian)

The coalition's rush to redraw constituency boundaries will disenfranchise millions of poor and minority voters, warns the Labour MP Tristram Hunt.

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2. Five years? Four years? Keep counting down (Times)

Given David Cameron's private scepticism over the war in Afghanistan, the timescale for withdrawal is shortening by the day, writes Rachel Sylvester.

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3. Today's Keynesians have learned nothing (Financial Times)

The choice is not between stimulus and austerity, argues Niall Ferguson, but between policies that boost private-sector confidence and those that kill it.

4. But what if the big society doesn't work? (Independent)

David Cameron's "big society" is likely to struggle without greater resources and investment, writes Steve Richards.

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5. Big society? It's all about liberating the locals (Times)

Elsewhere, the Tory MP Rory Stewart says that if we set local communities free, many services now threatened could be saved.

6. Britain's nuclear choice can be cheap and scary (Financial Times)

There is no point in spending billions on renewing Trident, argues Gideon Rachman. Instead, the government should choose an unspecified, cheaper option, build it -- and then shut up about it.

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7. Some say Zimbabwe's diamonds are drenched in blood. They are wrong (Guardian)

To the NGO and human rights world, Zimbabwe's diamonds are a symbol of repression, writes Petina Gappah. But if channelled properly, these riches could transform the country.

8. BP and Lockerbie matter more than Obama (Times)

David Cameron must promise full co-operation with the Senate investigation into BP and the Lockerbie bomber, says John Bolton.

9. It will take more than jam and Jerusalem to create David Cameron's big society (Daily Telegraph)

A fractured Labour Party will not be forgiven for standing by as Britain is broken apart, writes Mary Riddell.

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10. Hungary blunders (Financial Times)

In its treatment of Hungary, the IMF should send a signal to other governments tempted to flirt with indiscipline, says a leader in the Financial Times.

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