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

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1. Politics still matters for George Osborne (Daily Telegraph)

Benedict Brogan says that Osborne's Spending Review launced a political project with two core objectives: the destruction of Labour and the return of a majority Tory government.

2. Osborne passed test – for now. His opposite number failed (Independent)

Alan Johnson's performance confirms that Ed Balls would have been a more formidable opponent to Osborne, writes Steve Richards.

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3. A spending review for a diminished country (Financial Times)

The Spending Review may be a great policy success or the biggest fiscal blunder since the 1930s, says Martin Wolf.

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4. The solar lamp lights the way Britain must go (Times) (£)

Neil MacGregor and Sir Andrew Green represent two opposed ways of being British in the 21st century, writes David Aaronovitch.

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5. Spending Review: What's all the fuss about? Just you wait (Guardian)

The public may approve of the cuts at first, writes Polly Toynbee, but reality will bite when a million lose their jobs.

6. Osborne will be the most hated man in Britain (Daily Mail)

When a chancellor is hated, he is usually doing something right, says Dominic Sandbrook.

7. China's business elite is free enough (Financial Times)

China's unique combination of state control and rampant capitalism will endure for now, writes John Gapper.

8. The Bullingdon boys want to finish what Thatcher began (Guardian)

Yesterday saw the culmination of the Conservative project to dismantle the heart of the welfare state, says Seumas Milne.

9. A colder, crueller country – for no gain (Independent)

Beneath the statistics was a swath of human tragedies that will now unfold across Britain, writes Johann Hari.

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10. The Chancellor has made the right call (Daily Telegraph)

The Spending Review is an intelligent, businesslike and brave package, says a Telegraph editorial.

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