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

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1. The traps to avoid if Labour is to win back votes (Times)

Labour must make a credible argument against slashing public spending without losing the centre ground, urges Ed Balls.

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2. Venezuela cannot run on rhetoric (Financial Times)

The inefficiency and incompetence of Hugo Chávez's government threaten his country's social gains, says John Paul Rathbone.

3. Now that cuts are accepted, we must all decide our fate (Guardian)

The coalition has shaped the argument for cuts brilliantly, says Julian Glover, but the spending review could fall apart without full public involvement.

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4. Our banks are doing a good job (Independent)

That the banks are making substantial profits proves that they have been busy lending, says Dominic Lawson.

5. Crush social apartheid, then build a Big Society (Times)

David Cameron's "big society" will be a big flop unless it manages to break down social barriers, writes Rachel Sylvester.

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6. Afghanistan is an unwinnable war, and our leaders know it (Daily Telegraph)

Stephen Vizinczey says the Afghan war was lost long ago because of an iron law of human conflict: most people hate foreigners coming to their country.

7. Ian Huntley deserves nothing, but he's right to sue (Guardian)

The claim that Huntley has no right to sue the prison service is morally unsound, argues Decca Aitkenhead.

8. Let's not fight this gender war (Independent)

The Fawcett Society's decision to launch a legal challenge to the Budget risks discrediting the cause of feminism, says Mary Dejevsky.

9. The coalition must not wobble on immigration (Daily Telegraph)

The Tories' promise to introduce a cap on immigration is looking worryingly flexible under the coalition, says a leader in the Daily Telegraph.

10. Too little, too late for Niger (Guardian)

An aid system that favours crisis response over prevention is leading to needless loss of lives in Niger, writes Kevin Watkins.

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