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CommentPlus: pick of the papers

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

1. Lord Hutton's public sector pension reform is long overdue (Daily Telegraph)

The leading article argues that public sector pension schemes were designed for another era, when few people lived far beyond retirement age.

2. The real pensions divide (Independent)

Public sector pension reform is necessary, this leading article agress, but the same is true of private sector schemes.

3.Ed Miliband's leadership will be lonely, but his politics are sound (Guardian)

John Harris points out that of the 49 people who ran for the shadow cabinet, only nine backed this Miliband. He must not let this dilute his radicalism.

4. Conference is over but the real debate is online (Times) (£)

Few grassroots Tories had a say in Birmingham, says Time Montgomerie, but the internet is now a better measure of their true feelings.

5. The impoverished fiscal debate (Financial Times) (£)

Samuel Brittain maintains that it is not so urgent to cut the deficit when recovery is far from assured.

6. Between "fairness" and rough justice (Independent)

David Cameron's attempt to design "fair" cuts seems outwardly attractive, says Michael Brown, but he is unwittingly ceding philosophical ground to his political opponents.

7. The price of cheap labour (Guardian)

Ending Britain's reliance on overseas workers will require far more than a cap on immigration, say Bridget Anderson and Martin Ruhs.

8. Let the people control the money (Times) (£)

The "big society" is a powerful idea that is being waffled into oblivion, says Philip Collins. The Prime Minister's words need to be attached to a policy.

9. Caught between bombing Iran and an Iranian bomb (Financial Times) (£)

Philip Stephens warns that if Tehran succeeds in its ambition, it will probably start a nuclear race, making the Middle East -- and the world -- a much more dangerous place.

10. Inequality causes headaches in Beijing (Guardian)

China's "grey economy" may help handbag sales, says Isabel Hilton, but it reveals dizzyingly high levels of inequality.

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