CommentPlus: pick of the papers

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

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1. Britain needs immigrants, but it also needs tough border controls (Daily Telegraph)

Labour's open door policy was a disaster, but the coalition is deterring people we need, says Boris Johnson.

2. Faced by this dangerous plot to redraw the State, look at how the decent majority killed the poll tax (Independent)

As the TUC conference opens, general secretary Brendan Barber argues that the coming cuts will fail the same fairness test as the poll tax.

3. Yes, the coalition wants to smash the state. That's good (Guardian)

Julian Glover warns that the misery of cuts will grind the government down unless it boldly declares the ideology behind its spending plan.

4. To stick together we have to stand together (Times) (£)

The Tory MP, Nick Boles, argues that an electoral pact is essential if the coalition is to make the radical changes Britain needs over the next ten years.

5. We have failed to muffle the banks (Financial Times) (£)

Obscured by politics and special pleading, the financial regulations are still not enough, says Clive Crook.

6. As recession bites deeper, Barack Obama has discovered that people can't eat hope (Guardian)

Gary Younge argues that Obama's achievements are impressive but insufficient, and his party is confused. As elections loom, fundamentalists and fantasists are seizing the initiative.

7. The two faces of modern America (Independent)

Even before the attacks on the twin towers, says Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, millions of Americans despised and blamed Muslims unfairly, as they did after the Oklahoma bombings.

8. Raking up the past gives protection to no-one (Times) (£)

Jonathan Aitken, now a "rehabilitated offender", criticises CRB checks, which are ensnaring many former offenders who are entitled to have a clean record.

9. Pope Benedict courts irrelevance (Financial Times) (£)

Organised faith is in decline in the west, writes Stephen Wall. Thanks to the Church's moral turpitude, the Pope has little authority in the UK.

10. Liberalism deserves its real name (Independent)

Amol Rajan argues that renaming the party would reunite it with a grand tradition, and address its chief quandary at present, which is indistinguishability

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