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Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

New Statesman

1. Hague is wrong: we must own up to our brutal colonial past (Independent)

We associate the term "concentration camps" with the Nazis, writes Owen Jones. But it started with the British.

2. Zadie Smith is right: lives needn't have limits in a country as rich as ours (Guardian)

Be it libraries, swimming pools or playing fields, relatively small things can have a huge impact on inequality, writes Lynsey Hanley.

3. Back to the Future for Obama in Charlotte (Financial Times)

If the president wins a second term he will be stymied in most of his agenda, says Edward Luce.

4. A beautiful nation is placing its head in the Brussels noose (Daily Telegraph)

Croatia has escaped one doomed federal structure – only to shackle itself to another, writes Boris Johnson.

5. Fuming over Frankie Boyle will not erase discrimination (Guardian)

Pseudo media storms over Frankie Boyle's Paralympics tweets obscure real issues about people's rights, wealth and power, says John Harris.

6. The Left are the good guys? Give me a break (Times) (£)

Barack Obama and the Democrats like to claim the moral high ground, writes Tim Montgomerie. Their record tells a different story.

7. A final warning that the Pope ignores at his peril (Independent)

The rest of the Catholic hierarchy is afraid of its authoritarian leader, and seems unwilling even to question, let alone oppose, his hard-line views, notes an Independent leader.

8. Prove you’re a man not a mouse, Dave (Sun)

Unless the Prime Minister refloats his sinking ship, he will see Labour back in power — with Lib Dems scrambling to climb aboard, says Trevor Kavanagh.

9. Cameron and Clegg are too weak for a major reshuffle (Guardian)

One slip and the whole coalition edifice will fall, writes Jackie Ashley. And any policy shift towards growth will simply imitate Labour.

10. Labour must restore economic credibility (Financial Times)

The UK left needs a period of "bold, persistent experimentation", writes Patrick Diamond.

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