The Staggers 9 April 2010 CommentPlus: pick of the papers The ten must-read pieces from this morning’s papers. Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up 1. It's madness to split the centre-left vote (Independent) It is nonsense to pretend that the Lib Dems are equidistant from Labour and the Tories, writes Andrew Adonis. The return of a Labour government offers Nick Clegg the best chance to implement his agenda. 2. Labour are now the reactionaries, we the radicals (Guardian) Elsewhere, David Cameron argues that his party's pledge to investigate public pay inequality proves that it is the Tories who offer the chance for bold, progressive change. 3. The Tories have just the man to find more jobs for British workers (Daily Telegraph) Iain Duncan Smith's benefit reform proposals could transform the British labour market, says Fraser Nelson. If the Tories win, he should head a new Department of Social Justice, dedicated to healing our "broken society". Read the CommentPlus summary 4. The long parliament is over. Good riddance (Times) The disillusion caused by the MPs' expenses scandal holds back any chance of an inspiring election campaign, writes Roy Hattersley. The one hope is that the rehabilitation of democracy can now begin for real. Read the CommentPlus summary 5. Now Obama is president with an endgame (Financial Times) Obama now looks like a leader in command of his agenda, says Philip Stephens. That he has rebuilt his political authority at home means that he is being taken more seriously abroad. 6. As democracy unravels at home, the west thuggishly exports it elsewhere (Guardian) The west has greatly oversold the benefits of democracy, writes Simon Jenkins. The forced elections in Afghanistan and Iraq do little to justify the death and destruction we have seen in both countries. Read the CommentPlus summary 7. If you're looking for class war, just read Cameron's policies (Independent) The right may accuse Gordon Brown of waging "class war" but it's the Tories who are truly guilty of the charge, argues Johann Hari. If elected, David Cameron would institute a huge redistribution of wealth from the poorest to the richest. Read the CommentPlus summary 8. The case for a written constitution (Financial Times) We need a written constitution to act as a further barrier against parliamentary misconduct, writes Samuel Brittan. Read the CommentPlus summary 9. Arms and the plan (Times) The case for Britain retaining an independent nuclear deterrent is strong, argues a leader in the Times. Future generations would pay a high price for any mistakes. Read the CommentPlus summary 10. First round to the Tories, but the debate remains unreal (Independent) Cameron has won the political battle over National Insurance but he has not answered the charge that he has gone soft on the deficit, says a leader in the Independent. Sign up now to CommentPlus for the pick of the day's opinion, comment and analysis in your inbox at 8am, every weekday. › When Malcolm McLaren ran for mayor Subscribe For daily analysis & more political coverage from Westminster and beyond subscribe for just £1 per month!