CommentPlus: pick of the papers

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

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1. Ed is the only Miliband who offers a genuine alternative (Guardian)

Seumas Milne endorses Ed Miliband and argues that while he represents a progressive alternative, David would return Labour to a failed Blairite yesterday.

2. MiliD is Labour's future, MiliE is just its past (Times)

But elsewhere, David Aaronovitch backs the elder Miliband and argues that he alone can lead Labour successfully.

3. Fairness should never be a numbers game (Financial Times)

Nick Clegg delivers a critical response to the Institute for Fiscal Studies report and argues that fairness cannot be based on income distribution alone.

4. A brand of austerity about as progressive as Thatcher's (Guardian)

But elsewhere, the Guardian's economics editor, Larry Elliott, says that Liberal greats such as Beveridge and Keynes would have shuddered at the coalition's regressive Budget.

5. Big Eric Pickles may not be beautiful, but he's the Tories' action man (Daily Telegraph)

The Communities Secretary is proving to be the unexpected star of the coalition, says Paul Goodman.

6. Blair's journey is Labour's problem (Independent)

As Tony Blair prepares to return to the political stage, Steve Richards says he has left his party a bewildering inheritance.

7. We mustn't talk Britain's economy down (Daily Telegraph)

The coalition needs to highlight the opportunities as well as the perils that lie ahead for the country, writes Richard Lambert.

8. Violence breeds violence. The only thing drug gangs fear is legalisation (Independent)

It is time to take the drugs trade back from murderous criminal gangs, argues Johann Hari.

9. Kyrgyzstan: the void in Asia's heart (Guardian)

The world paid little heed to the Kyrgyz pogroms, but the chaos of this failed state will spread, warns Louise Arbour.

10. MPs' expenses: abuse of power (Daily Telegraph)

Those MPs responsible for the abuse of expenses staff should be named and shamed, argues a Telegraph leader.

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