CommentPlus: pick of the papers

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

1. Why Britain should vote No in next year's AV referendum (Daily Telegraph)

The Alternative Vote system is obscure, unfair and expensive, says Lord Reid.

2. There won't be a bailout for the earth (Independent)

The world's governments are gathering in Cancun with no momentum to stop climate change, warns Johann Hari.

3. Red Ed should pass the baton to Green Ed (Times) (£)

Green Ed would be on strong ground, talking about what he knows and running on his record, says Philip Collins.

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4. Capitalism can save the planet (Financial Times)

Elsewhere, Philip Stephens says that self-interest, not altruism, is needed to fight climate change. Economic incentives are replacing the big stick of international direction.

5. Bank bonuses unbound (Guardian)

Despite coalition pledges to make the City pay its fair share, Osborne has let bankers off the hook, says Chuka Umunna.

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6. High-speed rail will be a scar across the heart of England (Daily Telegraph)

Even if we could afford it, a new train line would be a lunatic idea, says Peter Oborne.

7. Assets matter just as much as debt (Financial Times)

Borrowing is no sin, provided we use the funds productively, argues Martin Wolf.

8. If Cameron's wellbeing is seats on trains, affording a ticket comes first (Guardian)

Money may not be everything, writes Martin Kettle. But fairness and wellbeing are both made much harder when it is being taken away.

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9. Would Mr Gove's soldiers do any better in the classroom? (Daily Mail)

Servicemen would struggle to control a class full of bolshie British schoolchildren, says Tom Utley.

10. Everything else is being cut, so why not student numbers? (Independent)

Rather than wait for the market to cut student numbers, universities should take the initiative, writes Mary Dejevsky.

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Space Oddity? Dr David Bowie is treating former astronaut Buzz Aldrin

Ground control to major coincidence.

The 86-year-old former astronaut and second man on the moon Buzz Aldrin has been evacuated from the South Pole to hospital in New Zealand. Your mole thought this was yet another piece of dismal 2016 news, before the silver lining popped up on Twitter. Aldrin’s manager Christina Korp sent a thrilling message about her client’s treatment:

Yes, the real-life “Starman” is going to be treated by a doctor who shares his name with the late pop icon who wrote “Space Oddity”, “Life on Mars?”, “Ziggy Stardust” and “Starman”, among many other odes to space.

In fact, Bowie’s “Space Oddity” hit about ground control losing contact with the fictional astronaut Major Tom was released in 1969, a few days before Aldrin and Neil Armstrong became the first humans to walk on the moon. This mole’s whiskers are quivering at the poignancy.

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