CommentPlus: pick of the papers

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

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1. Who'd want a gift from a monster like this? (Times)

Sam Kiley, who covered the civil war in Sierra Leone, looks back on the horrors created by Charles Taylor, the Liberian leader said to have given diamonds to Naomi Campbell.

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2. David and Ed Miliband -- if you really want to move on, listen to your father (Guardian)

In the spirit of Ralph Miliband, says Hilary Wainwright, Labour must look past Westminster and lead a movement to defend public services.

3. Premier's confidence comes face to face with austerity (Financial Times)

What best describes the opening months of David Cameron's premiership is his innate sense that he was made for the role, says Philip Stephens. This self-belief explains his political strategy.

4. And now for some good news (Independent)

Johann Hari lays bare the plight of Chinese workers. Deaths from overwork are so common in Chinese factories that they have a word for it: guolaosi. We must accept higher prices and end this slavery.

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5. How to stop the import -- and export -- of terror (Times)

Ed Husain argues that Cameron must not go soft on Pakistan. But he should also admit that there are home-grown problems -- radicalised British Muslims have travelled to Pakistan in droves.

6. The rich want a better world? Try paying fair wages and tax (Guardian)

Peter Wilby concedes that a generous billionaire is preferable to a mean one. But Bill Gates et al could make pledges that mean more than just charity.

7. Arts cannot be funded by big donors alone (Financial Times)

Moving towards a US-style system is not a sustainable way to solve funding difficulties, writes Alan Davey, chief executive of the Arts Council England -- a drop in donations since the recession has led to closures of theatres and museums across the country.

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8. The Bank is right to do nothing now (Independent)

The leading article endorses the Bank of England's decision to do nothing on interest rates for the time being. The recovery is still fragile, especially given George Osborne's savage cuts.

9. Who's afraid of the big bad Frankenclone? (Times)

"Clone beef" is not a risk to the nation's health, says Colin Blakemore --- but the resulting hysteria is a threat to sane decision-making.

10. How to square the Caucasian circle (Financial Times)

The war between Georgia and Russia broke out two years ago today. Thomas de Waal looks at the deadlock over South Ossetia and Abkhazia -- both the US and Russia must wind down their rhetoric.