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Morning call: the pick of the papers

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

1. There is a new, unexpected feeling in Scotland: a pity for the state of England (Guardian)

At the moment, from the Scottish perspective, England looks a more fractious, turbulent and uncertain society, writes Ian Jack.

2. Our legacy of 9/11 was a dictatorial and dysfunctional government (Independent)

The reason why half the Cabinet didn't know it was at war was that the Iraq engagement was being run exclusively by Downing Street, says Andreas Whittam Smith.

3. Look upon Blair's mighty works - and despair (Times) (£)

As the great showman dog-whistles for change in Iran, we should never forget how little he actually achieved, says Matthew Parris.

4. Investigative journalism must not be criminalised (Guardian)

Police questioning of journalists such as the Guardian's Amelia Hill who seek to uncover corruption is a worrying trend, says Heather Brooke.

5. Barack Obama needs to find the steel to match the rhetoric (Independent)

Too often of late, Mr Obama has given the impression of caving in to Republican pressure, of being a President adrift, says this leading article.

6. Post 9/11 America has become the land of the fearful (Telegraph)

The lasting damage of the al-Qaeda terrorist attacks has been to the mindset of the Americans and their economy, writes Neil Tweedie.

7. The deluded decade (Daily Mail)

After 9/11 our inadequate leaders plunged us into disastrous wars while ignoring the great economic challenges of our time, writes Dominic Sandbrook.

8. Planning fiasco adds insult to injury to the Tory faithful (Financial Times)

Echoing this week's New Statesman cover story, Max Hastings argues that developers occupy a place in the demonology of middle England more prominent than bankers.

9. Now we have to rely on the right to fight the feral rich (Guardian)

Let's hear it for Charles Moore, the Spectator and FT, writes John Harris. Their attacks on the feral elite contrast with a virtually silent Labour

10. The day US shock and awe rained on Tehran (Times) (£)

A war with Iran in alliance with Saddam Hussein. How different would the world be if 9/11 had never happened, asks Simon Sebag Montefiore?

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