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CommentPlus: pick of the papers

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

1. These leaks could deal a fatal blow to global trust (Independent)

Real damage can be caused when personal trust, honour or national security is involved, warns Hilary Synnott.

2. WikiLeaks: Open secrets (Guardian)

The US cables leak is a historian's dream and a diplomat's nightmare, says a Guardian editorial.

3. The City's masters need to stay above the fray (Financial Times)

To become identified with one political party would be fatal to the Bank of England's reputation, says Alistair Darling.

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4. The prize of freedom (Times) (£)

China has reacted with predictable fury to the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo, says a Times leader. He should be allowed to pick up his award in person.

5. England is best placed to spread the gospel of football (Daily Telegraph)

Tonight's Panorama investigation into Fifa must not be allowed to scupper Britain's World Cup bid, says Boris Johnson.

6. Stop talking and start taxing carbon (Financial Times)

With or without an effective climate change policy, Americans will eventually have to pay more in taxes, writes Clive Crook.

7. Promoting happiness and cutting welfare: what a devious combination (Guardian)

David Cameron's happiness initiative is premised on the illusion of choice, says Madeleine Bunting.

8. This happiness index is a cynical attempt to control our minds (Daily Mail)

Elsewhere, Melanie Phillips agrees that the happiness index is part of a sinister effort to manipulate the public.

9. To see how fascism can be throttled, look at Barking (Guardian)

The Battle for Barking teaches us what really motivates people to join or vote for the BNP, says Jackie Ashley.

10. Let us not doom Cancún to failure before it even begins (Independent)

Options other than a legally binding global agreement deserve exploring, says an Independent editorial.

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