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

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1. Merlin: our bonus for British business (Guardian)

The job is not done, says Vince Cable. But with the Merlin deal, the coalition is bringing the banks to heel on lending and pay.

2. We need closure, not compromise over banks (Independent)

Their speculative, wild binge cost us £140bn in a single year, says Andreas Whittam Smith. It is not yet time to forgive and forget such reckless behaviour.

3. Expect King to raise rates sooner, not later (Financial Times)

One can take issue with the Bank of England's judgements, not least because in some areas it has been proved wrong over and over, writes Ben Broadbent.

4. You don't set a thief to catch a terrorist (Times) (£)

David Aaronovitch argues that the Prime Minister is spot-on: we should promote democratic values, not cosy up to those who reject them.

5. Cameron's scapegoating will have a chilling, toxic impact (Guardian)

Seumas Milne warns that blaming Islamists and multiculturalism for the backlash from US and British wars risks fuelling violence on the streets.

6. University access for state-school pupils will determine Clegg's legacy (Independent)

To ensure he survives in politics, Nick Clegg must prove that his policies do not contradict the convictions he has persistently expressed, says Steve Richards.

7. Human Rights Act good, meddling judges bad (Times) (£)

The Strasbourg court wasn't set up to dictate to individual states on issues like prison votes, says Jack Straw.

8. Huffington is right to take the cash (Financial Times)

John Gapper says that the squeeze on the middle market in media does not bode well for AOL's new acquisition.

9. Is this Pakistanism in Sudan? (Guardian)

Borders in Africa have long caused conflict, says Ali Mazrui. Now Sudan's Christian-Muslim divide could raise tensions.

10. Local politics (Times) (£)

This leading article argues that the Liberal Democrats cannot detach themselves from the work of the coalition.