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CommentPlus: pick of the papers

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

1. Despised Clegg could become Labour's unwilling kingmaker (Daily Telegraph)

Ed Miliband's pugilistic attitude towards Nick Clegg is not shared by his brother, writes Mary Riddell. These contrasting positions could yet determine the outcome of the leadership election.

2. Clegg has no room for manoeuvre (Independent)

Elsewhere, Steve Richards says the Liberal Democrat leader's agile positioning has been undermined by his support for wildly risky cuts.

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3. Dear Lib Dem voter (Guardian)

In an appeal to Lib Dem voters, Ed Miliband urges them to look again at Labour and help challenge the dangerous small-state liberalism of the coalition.

4. Why I'm backing Ed Miliband (Daily Mirror)

Meanwhile, in the Daily Mirror, Neil Kinnock endorses Miliband Jr and says he is the man to put service and sincerity back at the core of democracy.

5. Social mobility: the playing field fallacy (Guardian)

The political class's obsession with social mobility implies that staggering inequalities of wealth are natural, writes Stefan Collini.

6. End the hypocrisy and talk Turkey (Financial Times)

Turkish membership of the EU will remain a fantasy until the rules on free movement of labour are changed, says Gideon Rachman.

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7. Let's Pickle a few more costly commissions (Daily Telegraph)

The Telegraph praises Eric Pickles's decision to scrap the Audit Commission and argues that every quango should be made to reapply for its job.

8. Bow your head. This is hallowed ground (Times)

Barack Obama's error was to underestimate the level of emotion evoked by Ground Zero, writes Ben Macintyre.

9. Death penalty: judicial killing in the free world (Guardian)

The global campaign to end the death penalty would gain immeasurably from its abolition in Japan and the US, says a leader in the Guardian.

10. A grotesque law that must be rejected in the name of freedom (Independent)

South Africa's plan to introduce statutory regulation of the press would hugely curtail freedom of information, warns Nicholas Dawes.

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