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1. Labour and the press: This was a battle for power that we just could not win (Guardian)

In government, Labour did consider changing its relationship with the media, says Jonathan Powell -- but worried too much about the moguls.

2. Public confidence and a crisis that is too good to waste (Independent)

This leading article argues that the Met's two functions -- national policing, and responsibility for London -- should be split.

3. Select Questions (Times) (£)

As MPs quiz executives over phone hacking, they have a chance to investigate and explain the power of the press, says this leading article.

4. Muzzling Rupert Murdoch will only please the guilty (Daily Telegraph)

Politicians are leading the witch-hunt, says Mary Riddell -- but they stand to gain the most from a cowering media.

5. Fundamentals lost among zealots (Financial Times)

The Tea Party is promoting a form of constitutional fundamentalism that is very like religious fundamentalism, says Gideon Rachman.

6. If it really wants to cut carbon, why is the coalition issuing licences to drill? (Guardian)

George Monbiot says that pledges to curb reliance on fossil fuels are hard to square with prospecting for more oil and gas and pushing dirty coal plants.

7. Politicians don't see so much has changed (Independent)

Concentrations of power -- in the media, the police or politics -- must be held to account, says Steve Richards.

8. We are in trouble when even the police can't tell right from wrong (Daily Telegraph)

Senior officers became too concerned with burnishing their images to do their jobs properly, says Philip Johnston.

9. Keep the faith: Gaddafi will fall very soon (Financial Times)

What I saw in Libya leads me to challenge the defeatist declarations from Washington, London and Paris, writes Bernard-Henri Lévy.

10. Sir Paul Stephenson's strange definition of 'restraint' (Guardian)

As the reputation of the Metropolitan police crumbles, says Nina Power, questions will be asked about its role in stifling student protests.

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