CommentPlus: pick of the papers

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

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1. We're growing now but don't be sure it will last (Times) (£)

Anatole Kaletsky says that the jobs we need for recovery won't be forthcoming unless the Bank of England starts up the money-printing presses again.

2. Pleading with banks won't do. Osborne needs a plan B (Guardian)

Supporters of cuts can still fear a recession, says Simon Jenkins. The lenders will pay no heed: demand and jobs must be kick-started elsewhere.

3. The goodwill of the middle classes can no longer be taken for granted (Daily Telegraph)

The strident voice of protest in France is one we will be hearing in Britain all too soon, warns Simon Heffer.

4. Time for the great orator to talk back (Financial Times)

Against this paranoid craziness, the virtues that brought Barack Obama to office are of little avail, writes Simon Schama.

5. Credit to Obama for sticking with the Middle East. But it's gone very wrong (Guardian)

A whiff of desperation is evident in US attempts to push Israeli-Palestinian talks, says Jonathan Freedland. The president must start changing course.

6. Nato's Afghan endgame begins with a helping hand from Russia (Independent)

The leading article says that a formal deal with Russia was always likely to be explored by the western military alliance, but it is still a bitter pill to swallow.

7. How to cap immigration: get Britons into jobs (Times) (£)

Barring productive non-EU workers is not the answer, argues Richard Ehrman. Only benefit and education reforms will solve the problem.

8. Reel in the non-doms (Guardian)

Matthew Oakeshott argues that tax cheating infects the entire body politic – and is far more damaging and costly than benefit fraud.

9. Why US voters are suing Dr Obama (Financial Times)

Martin Wolf maintains that the policies the president implemented as treatment for the financial crisis were right in principle, but too cautious in practice.

10. Broken families could be the breaking point (Times) (£)

Tim Montgomerie says the natural political order is only suspended: already, Tory discontent is stirring in the undergrowth over family and marriage policy.

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