CommentPlus: pick of the papers

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

1. America should be glad anyone is paying attention to its inconsequential messages (Independent)

US diplomats should be delighted that at long last their words are being taken seriously, says Patrick Cockburn.

2. Beijing's lost patience leaves Pyongyang with little to lose (Guardian)

China's exasperation with North Korea is a sign of how far it has moved away from its cold war ideology, argues Isabel Hilton.

3. The "imperial" Treasury refuses to cede power (Times) (£)

George Osborne may be committed to reining in the power of his department, but his civil servants are not, writes Rachel Sylvester.

4. Miliband is learning fast that leadership is a brutal business (Daily Telegraph)

Labour's new chief faces a huge challenge – and the past few days have not gone well, says Mary Riddell.

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5. Committed to transparency, so why the censorship? (Independent)

If WikiLeaks really believes in openness and transparency, it should make its material available to all media outlets, writes Stephen Glover.

6. Japan's banking crisis led to 20 years of stagnation. Is there a lesson there for us? (Guardian)

To see what Britain's economy might look like in the years ahead, just look at what happened to Japan, says Aditya Chakrabortty.

7. WikiLeaks shows out-of-control US secrecy (Financial Times)

America needs fewer secrets, shared with fewer people, writes David Rothkopf.

8. This unreliable narrator cannot rewrite the Lib Dem tragedy (Independent)

David Laws's new book makes clear that the Lib Dems' fate was not inevitable, writes Steve Richards. They chose the cliff's edge.

9. Ireland rescue is not a game changer (Financial Times)

The bailout delays but doesn't solve the EU crisis, warns Mohamed el-Erian.

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10. Confronting the snake (Daily Telegraph)

Arab countries should stop relying on the Americans and the Israelis to make all the running against Tehran, argues a Telegraph editorial.

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