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15 June 2010

Comment Plus: pick of the papers

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

By Staff Blogger

1. Fiscal conservatism may be good for one nation, but threatens collective disaster (Independent)

If all European economies decide to cut borrowing, slash spending and raise taxes, and do so at the same time, the continent may go into a double-dip recession, warns Joseph Stiglitz.

2. Bogus and misdirected, yes. But the Tea Party has a lot to teach the left (Guardian)

The left has much to learn from the anger and authenticity of the populist right, argues George Monbiot.

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3. This Budget is George Osborne’s moment to be radical (Daily Telegraph)

Osborne can no longer claim that economic circumstances force him to introduce harsher cuts than Labour planned, says Fraser Nelson. Instead, he will have to focus on something he shied away from in opposition: the moral case for cuts.

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4. Love and loathing across the ocean (Financial Times)

The BP crisis has served as unfortunate reminder that, underneath the famed “special relationship” lies a well of mutal loathing, writes Gideon Rachman.

5. Cameron offers us the audacity of despair (Times)

David Cameron’s sunny optimism has been replaced by pessimism as he tries to prepare voters for difficult times, writes Rachel Sylvester.

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6. Afghanistan: Britain is stuck with a war it can’t afford and can’t win (Daily Telegraph)

With corruption rife and the rule of law still absent, there are few signs of hope in Afghanistan, writes Mary Riddell. But to cut and run would be a betrayal of the country’s people.

7. Their mineral wealth is impressive, but it won’t benefit Afghans any time soon (Independent)

Elsewhere, Patrick Cockburn says that ordinary Afghans will not benefit from their country’s mineral wealth. Winning any sort of contract in the country involves a risky strategy of bribery.

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8. De Gaulle would have hated the Saville inquiry (Times)

The French leader would have been baffled by the Saville inquiry, writes Ben Macintyre. But it has performed the essential function of clearing the toxic cloud over Northern Irish politics.

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9. Cameron will soon regret this hospital populism

Polly Toynbee argues that David Cameron’s decision to appease local health campaigners will come at a cost, in money and lower standards.

10. Kyrgyz dilemma (Financial Times)

Any Russian involvement in Kyrgyzstan must be part of a broader multilateral force, says a leader in the Financial Times.

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