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

1. Why don't we love David Cameron? (Sunday Telegraph)

...asks Janet Daley. By making his party unthreatening, inoffensive and un-nasty, Cameron may not be malignant, but neither is he magnetic.

2. Can't pull the wool over our eyes, Ed (Sunday Times) (£)

While Nick Clegg is "hanging tough" and proving himself the real heir to Blair, Ed Miliband is just a woolly liberal, writes Martine Ivens.

3. Ed Miliband is simply Gordon 2.0 (Sunday Telegraph)

Tony Blair really understood Mondeo Man, while Gordon Brown knew that he needed to sound like he did. In that, and in many other senses, Ed Miliband is much more like the latter than the former, says Matthew D'Ancona.

4. Two-tribe politics is over. But the likes of John Prescott can't see it (Observer)

Look at the opponents of electoral reform and all bar William Hague come from another age, writes Andrew Rawnsley.

5. Cancun: Where's green Dave now? (Independent on Sunday)

He may have talked a good game in opposition but David Cameron's apparent "green amnesia" exposes him as an opportunist, according to today's leader column.

6. Welfare does encourage "breeding" (Sunday Times) (£)

Howard Flight may have chosen the wrong words, says Minette Marrin, but there is evidence that tax and benefits influence the number of children people choose to have.

7. What exactly is the benefit of Howard Flight? (Observer)

Meanwhile, Babara Ellen says Flight's remarks should cause offence to all right-thinking people.

8. The long race to challenge Obama begins (Independent on Sunday)

This Thanksgiving weekend marks the start of the 2012 presidential campaign, notes Rupert Cornwell.

9. Obama conjured up the Palin whirlwind (Sunday Times) (£)

Meanwhile, Andrew Sullivan says it was Barack Obama who set the model for Sarah Palin's rise that sees her on the brink of a presidential run. Why? Because Obama came out of nowhere, too.

10. Without libraries, we will lose a mark of our civilisation (Observer)

Closing 250 libraries around the country will do great damage to our communities, argues Catherine Bennett.

 

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