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CommentPlus: pick of the papers

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

1. The coalition's splits are all Tory versus Tory (Times) (£)

The Liam Fox letter reveals just one of the fights between men in blue rosettes, says Fraser Nelson -- and nobody is acting as referee.

2. A tug of war that heralds Britain's farewell to arms (Financial Times)

Philip Stephens suggests that the UK could be looking to abandon world player aspirations -- using the strategic review of defence spending as an excuse.

3. Defence cuts: Foxtrot (Guardian)

£4bn over four years is not an impossible target, says this leading article, but can only be delivered "ruthlessly and without sentiment".

4. David Miliband's defeat isn't tragic (Daily Telegraph)

Peter Oborne argues that calling David Miliband's defeat a tragedy shows how shallow public life has become.

5. Ed, prepare for the fight of your life (Independent)

Ed Miliband is going to face an extremely difficult fight against the vested interests of the super-rich, says Johann Hari.

6. Ed has a theory. Dave just wants to fix the roof (Times) (£)

For Labour, politics is a morality play, says Philip Collins. The Tories just want to solve problems and hard luck if people get hurt.

7. The IMF's foolish praise for austerity (Financial Times)

Martin Wolf contests the IMF's recent announcement on the coalition's Budget -- effective policy would see the UK government increase its deficit.

8. Don't give up on the Celtic Tiger just yet (Independent)

It is possible Ireland will seek support from the EU, but it will probably scramble through, says Hamish McRae.

9. Nigeria: back from the precipice (Guardian)

Fifty years ago, hopes were high for Nigeria's independence, says Ike Okonta. Will they finally be realised?

10. India will cross the line only in its own good time (Financial Times)

Kevan Watts is confident India will overcome its infrastructure woes, despite many challenges to accelerating it's development.