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

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1. Our best policy on Egypt: leave them to it (Times) (£)

Matthew Parris argues that it's time for Britain to stop trying to "heal the world". As the country is no longer ready for grandiose military interventions, we should "turn aside in the humility of ignorance and impotence".

2. A quiet rebellion (Financial Times)

Even the Tory heartlands are uneasy about the the austerity programme's cuts to libraries and encouragements to volunteer. Will Cameron's upcoming relaunch of the "big society" win them over?

3. A turbocharged programme for accelerating inequality (Guardian)

Polly Toynbee says we should ignore the misleading statistics spouted by ministers – the poorest areas will be hit hardest by council cuts.

4. Now the Egyptian military must hand power to the people (Independent)

The leading article welcomes Hosni Mubarak's exit, but expresses caution over the army's role in establishing a new government.

5. Revolution on the Nile (Times) (£)

Mubarak's resignation brings joy, hope and freedom, but also the threat of uncertainty and change in a volatile region, says a Times leader.

6. The Big Society might work in rural areas, but it's unlikely to play on estates (Independent)

Rich areas are more likely to produce volunteers. So, asks Andrew Grice, will the "big society" increase social divisions?

7. If marriage is so damn good, why do the Tories need to prop it up with tax breaks? (Guardian)

The Tories are imposing social conservatism under the veil of concern for children, says Suzanne Moore.

8. Why some crimes seem to be very, very hard to solve (Independent)

Christina Patterson questions the police's apparent lack of enthusiasm in investigating the News of the World phone-hacking scandal.

9. If Strasbourg has its way, we will all end up as prisoners (Telegraph)

Charles Moore makes the case that, following MPs' decision not to give votes to prisoners, Britain should defy European human rights legislation in other ways.

10. There's a British in BBC (Guardian)

Ignore the sceptics, says the BBC director general, Mark Thompson. Moving BBC shows out of London makes creative and economic sense.

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