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Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

New Statesman

1. The next election won’t be won on the runways of Heathrow (Daily Telegraph)

Blue-collar workers in the north and midlands hold the key to a Conservative victory, says Paul Goodman.

2. Osborne will need to bend his fiscal rules (Financial Times)

Further tightening would be disastrous for growth, writes Ian Mulheirn.

3. Why Israel's itchy trigger finger threatens President Obama (Daily Mail)

Obama will have no choice but to support an Israeli air strike for fear of losing the Jewish vote in various key areas, says Andrew Alexander.

4. Yeo's runway taunt is big-willy politics, and that is the most dangerous politics of all (Guardian)

The third runway appeals to paranoid machismo not reason, says Simon Jenkins. A recession is no excuse for pushing through dumb projects.

5. The centre has to hold. There’s no alternative (Times) (£)

Enough of the grumbling, writes Daniel Finkelstein. Both sides have to remember that they can reap huge advantages from coali

6. If Poundland's expanding, we must be in trouble (Independent)

The "squeezed middle" (and beyond) is under intense and growing financial pressure, writes Stefan Stern.

7. Syria’s rebels are not yet worthy of our trust (Daily Telegraph)

After the debacle in Libya, the west needs guarantees from any government-in-waiting, says Con Coughlin.

8. Will it be off with his Ed, or bye George? (Independent)

How both now deal with their economic supremos will do much to decide the election, says Matthew Norman.

9. Rail is a gigantic scam for siphoning off public money (Guardian)

Branson and FirstGroup have both gamed a disastrous privatisation, writes Seumas Milne. The case for public ownership is compelling.

10. How Romney could go wrong from Day 1 (Financial Times)

Trade sanctions on China might seriously backfire, writes Stephen Roach.

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