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Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

New Statesman

1. Is Boris serious? When it comes to No 10, the answer is deadly so (Daily Telegraph)

After years of brilliant digression, London’s mayor is returning to his life’s true theme, writes Charles Moore.

2. It's a long shot. But don't bet against Boris Johnson going for gold (Guardian)

He may end up like would-be PMs Portillo or Parkinson, writes Jonathan Freedland. If anyone can pull it off, though, it's magic Johnson.

3. Self-defeating Tory victory on Lords reform (Independent)

The coalition has lost a unique opportunity to introduce political change, says an Independent leader.

4. Mark Duggan: the lessons the police haven't learned (Guardian)

A year after the killing of Mark Duggan, his family and community still feel ignored and marginalised, says Stafford Scott.

5. The meaning of Boris: high jinks not high office (Financial Times)

The hype about Johnson is due to Britain’s inexperience with localism, writes Janan Ganesh.

6. Unless the Prime Minister uses his holiday to think big, he'll have a lot more time for chillaxing... (Daily Mail)

Cameron may or may not need an economic Plan B, but he certainly needs a political Plan B, says Tim Montgomerie.

7. Oh, what a precious, exhilarating week! (Daily Telegraph)

The Games are working their magic, says Mick Brown, uniting Britain in a celebration of sporting heroes.

8. Shafilea Ahmed: a girl betrayed (Guardian)

There can be no exonerating circumstance, no licence granted to those who claim cultural protection for brutality,  says a Guardian editorial.

9. The buzz is better when we do it together (Times) (£)

Like bees in a hive, we humans thrive when our tribe is united, says Janice Turner. Enjoy this summer of communal thrills.

10. A love letter from a US conservative to the postman (Financial Times)

Selling monopolies to private parties is a Russian kind of medicine: worse than the disease, says Christopher Caldwell.