CommentPlus: pick of the papers

The ten must read pieces from the Sunday papers.

1. David Cameron's ambivalent relationship with the lady in blue (Observer)

The prime minister thinks he can be as radical as Margaret Thatcher without being as divisive, says Andrew Rawnsley. That won't be easy.

2. The row over child benefit obscures the radicalism of David Cameron's plans (Sunday Telegraph)

Matthew d'Ancona argues that we should ignore the self-interest of the rich, and focus on the true importance of David Cameron's plans.

3. It's not the unfairness you mind. It's the money (Sunday Times) (£)

Yes, the child benefit cuts are unequal, says Matthew Parris, but what are you really cross about? Or would it seem too selfish to say?

4. A power play to match Blair v Brown (Independent on Sunday)

Having alienated three key figures in his party, the new Labour leader will need every ounce of authority he can muster, says John Rentoul.

5. Vince Cable must be bold and break Murdoch's stranglehold (Observer)

Henry Porter warns that unless the business secretary intervenes, the merger of BSkyB with News International could further threaten the wellbeing of British media.

6. In it together? Not if you're above money (Sunday Times) (£)

It's not easy to tell if you're rich, says Janice Turner. But if you can buy your way out of trouble, you're not sharing the nation's pain.

7. The Conservatives' child benefit plans sent precisely the wrong signal (Sunday Telegraph)

The concept of fairness is not being applied to the middle classes, argues Janet Daley. The child benefit change shows that the Tories are swallowing the left's definition of fairness.

8. It's time the army relieved the police of their guns (Independent on Sunday)

Crispin Black argues that we should seriously consider transferring responsibility for all armed operations except basic bodyguarding to the army before it is too late.

9. Prophet with Honour (Sunday Times)

The Nobel Peace Prize this year was a good choice, says the leading article. Awarding Liu Xiaobo directs attention to the struggle of a brave man.

10. Only a sadist would inflict Dryden on our schoolchildren (Observer)

Michael Gove's plan to put the literary 'greats' back in our schools shows how far out of step he truly is, says Catherine Bennett.

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