Morning Call: pick of the papers
The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.
If the very idea of monarchy diminishes us, the living reality is much more humiliating and damaging to our country, says Polly Toynbee.
2. All will be forgiven if David Cameron loosens the shackles of Europe (Daily Telegraph)
Sidestepping the fiscal chaos of the eurozone would keep the Prime Minister’s harshest critics at bay, writes Fraser Nelson.
3. Syria shows the lessons of Libya still unlearnt (Times) (£)
Megaphone diplomacy has failed, says Paddy Ashdown. The West must let Turkey lead a relief operation.
4. Oil, blood and the west’s double standards (Financial Times)
Recent history has weakened the capacity of leaders to effect change in the Middle East, writes Philip Stephens.
5. Is there something rotten in the Vatican court of Pope Benedict? (Daily Telegraph)
The 'Vatileaks’ scandal has lifted the lid on a world of Catholic clerical intrigue and rivalry in the Holy See, writes Peter Stanford.
The culture secretary's defence is straight out of Lewis Carroll, says Brian Cathcart. David Cameron will soon have to explain why he appointed him.
7. Too much gloom over British productivity (Financial Times)
It is not plausible that performance has deteriorated permanently, says Martin Wolf.
8. It's no longer the Murdoch press in the dock, it's the politicians (Independent)
Leveson is doing the sort of inquisitorial job that rightly belongs to Parliament, writes Mary Dejevsky.
In Britain we feel the need to talk tough on crime when all the evidence suggest that this is the politics of the madhouse, writes Ian Birrell.
10. It's time to demolish the myth about Tony Blair (Independent)
His defenders argue Labour couldn't have won without him but Black Wednesday in 1992 finished off the Tories, says Owen Jones.
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