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CommentPlus: pick of the papers

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

1. Policy shouldn't be decided by those who shout loudest (Guardian)

Jackie Ashley argues that the government has so few women in it that it's no surprise their interests are absent from debates about the cuts.

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2. Cuts? What cuts? Public spending is rising (Times)

The Conservative MP, John Redwood claims that the idea that the nation must brace itself for savage retrenchment is a misconception. Just look at the facts.

3. The coalition must tackle the shortage of new homes (Daily Telegraph)

Britain's population is going to rise by 10 million over the next 20 years, says Boris Johnson, and it is vital for the government to invest in new housing.

4. A dramatic turn in West Virginia (Financial Times)

Clive Crook reports on a treacherous strategy in the Senate race -- a Democratic candidate is overtly campaigning against Barack Obama.

5. Merkel's own goal (Guardian)

Germany's leader is wrong about multiculturalism, says Philip Oltermann, even though a recent football match may have rattled her.

6. Why must some guilt be collective? (Independent)

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown discusses the burden of representation for black and Asian public figures, who are held to impossibly high standards.

7. A special plea (Times)

All departmental budgets will fall, says the leading article, but cuts to the science budget should be limited.

8. Shock and awe finances (Guardian)

Trade unionist Mark Serwotka argues that no public service cuts are needed, and outlnes a plan to deal with the deficit that is all about jobs, revenue and growth.

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9. Can they cut without killing the recovery? Independent)

The leading article looks ahead to Wednesday's comprehensive spending review, expressing hope that the coalition will show that two heads are better than one.

10. Both China and US are at fault in currency war (Financial Times)

Felipe Larraín fears the potential impact of the currency war on emerging markets in Asia and Latin America.

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