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Newspaper review: Ed Miliband's performance scrutinised

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Media captionA look at the first editions of the UK papers

The papers agree that Ed Miliband's proposal to cap university tuition fees in England at £6,000 pounds a year rather than £9,000 is eye-catching.

But, the Sun complains , the Labour leader cannot even promise it will be in Labour's election manifesto.

The Daily Telegraph says for that reason, it is a worthless pledge .

The Independent believes Mr Miliband's proposal targets students and capitalises on disillusionment within the Liberal Democrats.

Anyone listening?

The Telegraph says Mr Miliband needs to define an alternative vision that can convince voters his party has attractive and achievable goals.

The Times says the trouble is that no-one is listening to what he has to say.

The Independent says the trouble is voters' scepticism about Labour's economic competence.

For Trevor Kavanagh in the Sun , Labour cannot move on, or offer a plausible challenge to the coalition, until it apologises for its economic record.

Russia's 'backward step'

Vladimir Putin's announcement that he plans to run for Russian President again next year, is widely seen as a backward step for Russian democracy.

The Independent says President Medvedev has sent many positive signals about political freedom and the rule of law.

The Financial Times says Mr Putin has shown little appetite for modernising.

The Telegraph says the perpetuation of Mr Putin's rule is reminiscent of Leonid Brezhnev's long tenure as Communist Party general-secretary.

Women given vote

Saudi Arabia's decision to give women the right to vote in local elections is covered by many papers.

The Telegraph points out that until now , it was the only country that did not allow women to vote.

The Independent says the ruling represents welcome progress but falls well short of full equality.

Nesrine Malik writes in the Guardian that there has been a pattern in Saudi Arabia of women's rights being granted in principle, but not in practice.

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