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1. It took Dave just ten days to REALLY toxify the Tories (Daily Mail)
The last ten days have been shocking for the Conservative Party, says Simon Heffer.

2. This was Bradford's version of the riots (Guardian)
No matter how seemingly powerful, no corrupted, out-of-touch elite can last forever, writes George Galloway.

3. Even I'm starting to wonder: what do this lot know about anything? (Telegraph)
The modernisers act as if they own the place - when what we really need is clear leadership, argues Charles Moore

4. Once again, Miliband forges ahead - then blows it (Independent)
While Labour will be tempted to dismiss his incredible victory as a one-off, the result tells us something important about Labour, says Andrew Grice.

5. So why did he choose to stand in Bradford? (The Times £)
George Galloway fights only in Muslim seats where he can spin his narrative of grievance and victimhood, writes David Aaronovitch

6. When did we stop seeing modesty as a virtue? (Independent)
If there's one thing a parvenu has to do - otherwise what's he risen from nowhere to somewhere for? - it's boast, writes Howard Jacobson

7. Your democracy needs you: time for a tax to fund politics (Financial Times)
The PM would be ecstatic to stop courting wealth, writes Michael Portillo

8. George Galloway: You have to salute his indefatigability (Telegraph)
Our beige politics will be better - and a good deal cattier - for the former Labour MP's return to the Commons, writes Matthew Norman

9. The week politics all but died of shame (Daily Mail)
After a terrible week for all parties, this collapse in trust between voters and MPs should terrify us all, writes Max Hastings

10. This cynical Royal Mail and Post Office divorce will bring only misery (Guardian)
Even Margaret Thatcher hesitated when confronted with the privatisation of the Post Office, write Lindsay Mackie and Maurice Glasman

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