CommentPlus: pick of the papers

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

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1. Plenty of politics, but where was the economics in Osborne's speech? (Independent)

The problem for Osborne will arise when ministers and others put the case for more productive spending, says Steve Richards.

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2. The Big Society faces up to the Small State (Times) (£)

George Osborne and David Cameron are at odds over the purpose of the cuts, writes Rachel Sylvester. Osborne is focused on rolling back the state, Cameron on rolling forward society.

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3. Yes, I back the cuts but this attack on the family is wrong (Daily Mail)

George Osborne's raid on child benefit will inflict further damage on family life, warns Stephen Glover.

4. This child benefit cut should be softened (Daily Telegraph)

Elsewhere, a Telegraph leader argues that punishing stay-at-home mothers is at odds with the Conservative claim to be the party of the family.

5. A coalition more than the sum of its parts (Financial Times)

David Cameron is enjoying an arrangement that allows him to stand above the political fray, says Philip Stephens.

6. What fairness really means (Guardian)

Welfare reform will prove to millions that work, not benefit, is the most sustainable route out of poverty, writes Oliver Letwin.

7. An undeclared war in cyberspace (Financial Times)

Western officials are having nightmares about the vulnerabilities of their countries to cyber-warfare, writes Gideon Rachman.

8. Is the patient strong enough to stomach George Osborne's medicine? (Daily Telegraph)

George Osborne's blasted heath is not the only post-recession landscape on offer, says Mary Riddell.

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9. Worse than pollution: crazy ants, bird-eating mice and murdering mink (Guardian)

In countries across the world, invasive species are causing untold harm, warns George Monbiot.

10. History shows the Khyber Pass is the key to Afghanistan (Independent)

By choking off the Khyber Pass, Pakistan has shown how it is key to any success in Afghanistan, writes Omar Waraich.