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1. It's India's poor who need British aid, not its military and business elites (Guardian)

David Cameron's decision to scale back aid to India's poorest has severed Britain's links with the great mass of ordinary Indians, writes Pankaj Mishra.

2. Cameron is keeping his Conservative friends close, but his enemies in the coalition closer (Daily Telegraph)

The Prime Minister will find enough hard-headed allies among his new MPs to help him hug his enemies tight, says Benedict Brogan.

3. Who put WikiLeaks on the moral high ground? (Times)

WikiLeaks has no right to decide unilaterally whether the benefits of exposure outweigh the risks, argues David Aaronovitch. Afghan civilians have already been endangered by the leaks.

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4. To avert disaster, stop isolating Hamas (Financial Times)

Instead of isolating Hamas and collectively punishing the people of Gaza, we should try to draw them into peace talks, urges Chris Patten.

5. A debate that turns politics upside down (Independent)

The Lib Dems will never commit themselves to a semi-permanent alliance with the Conservatives, writes Steve Richards. For now, it is in the Tories' self-interest to stick with the present voting system.

6. Be clear, Labour is playing fast and loose on AV reform (Guardian)

Elsewhere, Martin Kettle argues that Labour's opposition to boundary reform is aimed at perpetuating an unfairness from which the party benefits.

7. Like Britain's hunting ban, this is a battle of cultures in society (Independent)

The claim that the Catalan ban on bullfighting constitutes an aggression on cultural identity does not bear scrutiny, says Josep-Anton Fernàndez.

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8. I'm with Hemingway on the glory of bullfights (Times)

But elsewhere, Roger Lewis argues that the supporters of a ban have no grasp of the reality, or poetry, of the corrida.

9. Publishers need to be more creative (Financial Times)

Andrew Wylie's decision to sign an exclusive deal with Amazon sets an example to other publishers, says John Gapper.

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10. How it's done in Sweden (Guardian)

The Office for Budget Responsibility enjoys nothing like the independence of Sweden's fiscal policy council, writes Lars Calmfors.