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CommentPlus: pick of the papers

The ten must-read pieces from the Sunday papers.

1. Wake up and smell the burning rubber, Mr Cable and Mr Clegg (Observer)

However the Lib Dems present themselves in the future, it can't be as the party that will always keep its promises, writes Andrew Rawnsley.

2. The generals may be angry - but doctors and nurses aren't (Sunday Telegraph)

The coalition's speed and focus may yet be rewarded politically as well as financially, says Matthew d'Ancona.

3. History will see these cuts as one of the great acts of political folly (Observer)

George Osborne's plans will be in tatters when global economic war erupts, writes Will Hutton.

4. Relax -- these cuts are just a scratch (Sunday Times) (£)

But elsewhere, Dominic Lawson say that, at least in nominal terms, spending is not being cut at all.

5. Middle England is sacrificed for symbolism (Sunday Telegraph)

The Tories are alienating the hard-working, self-respecting people the economy needs most, argues Janet Daley.

6. Obama's right where he wants to be -- losing big (Sunday Times) (£)

Victory for the Republicans in the mid-term will allow Obama to call the right's bluff on debt, says Andrew Sullivan.

7. Greener living comes at a price (Independent on Sunday)

Energy bills need to rise but the coalition may struggle to protect the poor, warns an editorial in the Independent on Sunday.

8. Why are we letting business big shots alter our society? (Observer)

John Browne appears to have given no thought to higher education until he was asked to revolutionise it, says Catherine Bennett.

9. Crumbling America has a $2.2 trillion repair bill (Independent on Sunday)

Recession and a shift to the right have put big infrastructure projects in jeopardy, writes Rupert Cornwell.

10. We still won't face the consequences of immigration (Sunday Telegraph)

The coalition is still in denial over the social consequences of immigration, says Alasdair Palmer.