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

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1. The risks of premature tightening (Financial Times)

Martin Wolf argues that the UK needs an adaptable plan for spending cuts, one that takes account of huge economic uncertainty.

2. Suffocating the poor: a modern parable (Independent)

The subversion of Haitian democracy highlights the west's fear of an alternative model, says Johann Hari.

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3. The coalition is spending even more than tax-and-waste Labour (Daily Telegraph)

Contrary to the squeals of Labour and the trade unions, total government spending is set to go up this year, writes Jeff Randall.

4. Through coalition, Nick Clegg chose glory in death (Guardian)

Clegg's decision to enter the coalition brought the Liberal Democrats short-term glory, writes Simon Jenkins. But longer term, the deal is a suicide note.

5. How Clegg can start the long walk to salvation (Times) (£)

But elsewhere, Philip Collins says that the Lib Dems can escape the fate of previous coalitions by increasing popular power.

6. This was state-sponsored cruelty last year. It still is (Guardian)

David Cameron's promise to end the detention of children in immigration centres is not being met, writes Melanie McFadyean.

7. Think again before Trident is all at sea (Financial Times)

We need a fresh debate on Trident without the polarisation of the 1980s, says Menzies Campbell.

8. The US Republicans have created a Frankenstein monster (Guardian)

Karl Rove and the necons inspired a movement that threatens take over the Republican Party, writes Michael Tomasky.

9. David Cameron must get a grip on the defence review (Daily Telegraph)

The country will not understand if we lose defence capability but waste remains elsewhere, argues a Telegraph leader.

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10. A river of ice chills the heart of the Church (Times) (£)

If Catholicism could change, it wouldn't have elected Benedict XVI, says Ken Macdonald.

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