Morning call: the pick of the papers

The top ten must reads from this morning's papers.

1. In my little red book, an idea for NHS cultural revolution (Sunday Times) (£)

One of the worst things about last week’s Francis report on the Mid Staffordshire hospital scandal was that it was all so horribly familiar, says Minette Marin.

2. What’s so wrong with a thoroughly modern leader for the Conservative Party? (Sunday Telegraph)

If the Tories decide to stick with David Cameron, they need to get real about the electoral consequences of continued disunity, says Matthew D'Ancona.

3. It is too early for Labour to write off its chances in Eastleigh (Observer)

Ed Miliband's party shouldn't just jeer from the byelection ringside as the Tories and the Lib Dems slug it out, writes Andrew Rawnsley.

4. Is Mr Cameron out of touch, cowardly, lazy...? (Independent on Sunday)

He allowed Andrew Lansley to lose his marbles and sent Oliver Letwin in to help him find them, says John Rentoul.

5. Michael Gove's gang perfect the art of fighting dirty  (Observer)

The attack dogs of the education secretary blight him and decent political behaviour, says Nick Cohen.

6. Can Nick Clegg rise from the dead in Chris Huhne's old haunt? (Mail on Sunday)

Everyone at the top of Government knows that the Eastleigh by-election is a must-win contest for both David Cameron and Nick Clegg, says James Forsyth.

7. David Cameron: From Euro triumph to gay marriage disaster in just two weeks (Sunday Telegraph)

The Prime Minister did the impossible on unifying the Conservative Party on Europe, then chucked the gay marriage grenade, writes Janet Daley.

8. A born survivor – it's a shame she could never be president (Independent on Sunday)

Sally Jewell, Obama's UK-born nominee for the Interior Department, has enough on her plate as it is.

9. British history ain’t what it used to be (Sunday Times) (£)

The idea that the progressive educational experiment was a colossal failure in practice is not just held by tweedy reactionaries, says Dominic Lawson.

With their ability to see the best in people, the Richard III Society make you proud to be British, says Alex Clark.

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