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1. To thrive we need to distinguish between morality and economics (Observer)

The battle of the economists may seem to be about economics, says Will Hutton. It is not -- economics is clearly on the side of the 60 who wrote to the Financial Times. It is about the morality of debt.

2. The argument of the fiscal doves is more compelling (Independent on Sunday)

The leading article agrees with the Financial Times economists that Britain's economy is too weak to bear deep and immediate cuts.

3. Tories are hurting the most in this crisis (Sunday Times)

Lack of clarity has bedevilled the party since Margaret Thatcher's departure, says Michael Portillo, and it is getting a little late to resolve it now.

4. Voters should know the full truth about the character of Gordon Brown (Observer)

Andrew Rawnsley defends his book on Brown, serialised in the Observer today. The Prime Minister's conduct in office has long been the subject of gossip, he says, and the real story needed to be told.

5. Purnell's flight shows his party's plight (Independent on Sunday)

John Rentoul argues that James Purnell's decision to quit politics suggests a crisis of self-confidence in Labour -- it appears Purnell thinks that no one has the power to turn the party around for the foreseeable future.

6. How murder became an accepted tool of foreign policy (Sunday Telegraph)

The apparent consensus that assassination is legitimate is highly sinister, says Alasdair Palmer. Surely murder is a crime worse than forging travel documents.

7. Israel can accelerate peace by exercising restraint (Observer)

Both sides in the Israel-Palestine conflict are prejudiced and paranoid, says an editorial. But the diplomatic challenge is to help Israel -- the occupying power -- grasp how its failure to engage with international opinion risks leading to total isolation for Tel Aviv, which will make Israel much less secure.

8. Schools are churning out the unemployable (Sunday Times)

Eight million adults are "economically inactive" -- meaning that one in every five people of working age does not have a job. Harriet Sergeant blames the school system for failing to equip young people with basic skills.

9. An end to steely-eyed killing machines (Independent on Sunday)

The former soldier and Conservative MP Adam Holloway says that the old Bush/Blair mantras obscured a grim reality -- we created the insurgency and cannot reduce it by sending in more troops.

10. After 13 years, voters do not need a second look at Labour (Sunday Telegraph)

Matthew d'Ancona analyses Gordon Brown's election speech from a right-wing perspective, and concludes that it was an argument as much with himself as with David Cameron.

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