CommentPlus: pick of the papers

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

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1. Chilcot: Iraq's missing witnesses (Guardian)

By limiting itself to taking evidence from insiders only, says Jonathan Steele, the Chilcot report will not produce the needed insight. When Whitehall examines Whitehall, the product is usually fudge.

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2. Non-aggression pact can cement the coalition (Times)

Tim Montgomerie suggests that electoral co-operation looks increasingly likely for the partners. But there are pitfalls ahead, such as anger from the grass roots of both parties.

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3. Cameron's megaphone diplomacy (Independent)

Even if we agreed with David Cameron's statements abroad, says Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, his utterances were imperious, hypocritical, self-serving, damaging, arrogant and just what toff-watchers will have been looking out for.

4. A blast of honesty in our new foreign policy (Times)

William Rees-Mogg asks where Pakistan stands in the war on terror. Cameron has tried to clear the air with a few home truths. Nothing would be gained by refraining from critical comment.

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5. Islamabad's storm clouds (Guardian)

Cameron can't blunder on Pakistan, warns Peter Preston. Its troubles and role in terror make Afghanistan a sideshow. The west should broker a final deal on Kashmir, and all else will follow.

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6. Obama must break his tax promise (Financial Times)

The US is risking a dangerous gridlock by pushing repeal of Bush's tax cuts. Clive Crook explains how, in this case, gridlock means bold action: a swingeing tax increase with the economy still on its knees.

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7. What deterrence needs is ambiguity (Independent)

Mary Ann Sieghart argues that the less other countries know about your nuclear capability, the more effective its deterrent effect will be.

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8. Turkey is taking off, but with Heathrow our wings are clipped (Daily Telegraph)

Istanbul's gleaming airport is a symbol of a nation going places. Heathrow is not, argues Boris Johnson.

9. Yes, I feel queasy. But I don't regret backing the Lib Dems (Guardian)

Those on the centre left who ditched Labour weren't wrong. John Kampfner maintains that fighting hard for electoral reform is how Nick Clegg will prove it.

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10. High prices will fix what politicians cannot (Financial Times)

Today's oil markets make investment in clean energy research palatable, writes Trevor Houser.

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