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1. This wasn't about apathy. More like antipathy (The Times)

Rachel Sylvester argues that voters in 2010 want to change the whole political system, and that whoever emerges triumphant should remember that there is now a changed public view of authority and deference to politicians.

2. Cameron ponders a hesitant vote for change (Financial Times)

Philip Stephens says that voters have indeed chosen change, albeit hesitantly, given the unpleasant economic choices that await any incoming government.

3. My tale of the naked and the not-dead-yet (The Times)

Austin Mitchell take a wry look at the general election from his seat of Great Grimsby, which he has represented since 1977.

4. A little voter fraud goes a long way (Independent)

A reminder that this election was marred by allegations of electoral fraud: Mary Dejevsky argues that despite the late surge in voter registrations, the entire process will be compromised should there be the suggestion of fraud.

5. Rupert Cornwell: Election lessons for America (Independent)

US politicians could learn a lesson from the UK. The American public dislikes the partisanship of Congress and US politics, and experts across the pond will be watching developments in the UK closely. To obtain a fairer system, Cornwell argues, we need not just one hung parliament, but several.

6. General Election 2010: this was the expenses election (Telegraph)

Benedict Brogan says that far from putting voters off, the general election campaigns, dissatisfaction and the leaders' debates have galvanised people into action.

7. David Cameron has no mandate to unleash age of austerity (Daily Mirror)

This is the moment for a national coalition to secure economic and electoral reform, writes Kevin Maguire. David Cameron is no heir to Blair, he says. And Brown is the "indestructible man of British politics".

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8. India and Pakistan's proxy war puts Afghanistan exit at risk (Guardian)

Simon Tisdall warns of the dangers of a power vacuum once the US withdraws from Afghanistan, highlighting the dangers of a "proxy war" waged by India and Pakistan and the threats this would pose to the US-India relationship.

9. Europe's leaders are still not doing enough (Independent)

An Independent leader argues that Greece needs some of its debt written off in addition to cheap credit from the eurozone. The eurozone needs fundamental reforms if it is to survive.

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10. Could there really be life after Piers? (Independent)

Terence Blacker takes a look into the future and imagines how an electoral shift will affect culture and attitudes to subjects such as celebrity chefs and Piers Morgan.

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