CommentPlus: pick of the papers

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

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1. The problem with David Cameron's 'big society' is that the Tories don't buy it (Guardian)

The "big society" is too abstract a notion to appeal to the Conservative faithful, says Jonathan Freedland.

2. I admire Cameron. But I do wish he'd give the Big Society a rest (Daily Mail)

Elsewhere, Max Hastings warns Cameron that the Big Society will contribute nothing to the struggle to the cut the deficit.

3. Let battle commence (Daily Telegraph)

David Cameron is engaged in the Herculean task of dismantling the all-powerful state, writes Benedict Brogan. He needs us to take up the opportunities on offer.

4. Schools can't retreat into the Goves of academe (Times) (£)

Michael Gove's "traditional curriculum" would fail the 50 per cent of children who do not go on to higher education, argues David Aaronovitch.

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5. And still a few cronies get to decide (Independent)

Had Cameron and Osborne properly consulted colleagues, the child benefit fiasco could have been avoided, says Andreas Whittam Smith.

6. Cameron's Tory backlash is a taste of things to come (Guardian)

It is disgruntled right-wing Conservatives who now offer the most significant challenge to coalition policy, writes Seumas Milne.

7. How being big helps and hinders China (Financial Times)

China's size gives it a much better chance of riding out the rough seas ahead, says David Pilling.

8. Enjoy the film. Then try Facebook's real challenge: restoring your privacy (Guardian)

The very networking technologies that reduce our privacy can also empower us in the fight back, writes Timothy Garton Ash.

9. Our politicians must put the nation's battles before their own (Daily Telegraph)

It is impossible to overstate the significance of the impending defence review, says Con Coughlin.

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10. The Afghan endgame begins (Independent)

If reconciliation of a kind is being broached inside Afghanistan, the same cannot be said of the US approach to Pakistan, warns an Independent editorial.