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Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. Cameron mustn't give in to the Tory grumblers (Times) (£)

The disaffected right has focused its wrath on the EU Bill, says Daniel Finkelstein – but its arguments are absurd or baffling.

2. The state's pedlars of fear must be brought to account (Guardian)

Why has a private firm run police to spy on a few greens? asks Simon Jenkins. The Ratcliffe Six case is a cautionary tale of securocrats out of control.

3. University is for the brightest, whichever school they went to (Daily Telegraph)

Simon Hughes's quota plan for private school pupils will destroy further education, argues Simon Heffer.

4. Drawing the poison from America's politics (Financial Times)

The shooting in Arizona provides Barack Obama with an opportunity to reclaim the middle ground, writes Jacob Weisberg.

5. Sarah Palin's presidential hopes surely can't survive this assassin's bullet (Guardian)

She didn't pull the trigger, and she's not the first to use the language of combat. But, says Jonathan Freedland, the Alaskan's career will certainly suffer.

6. Unity is not always the answer for divided nations (Independent)

A leading article discusses the stand-off in Côte d'Ivoire. Unity governments – the compromise reached in Kenya and Zimbabwe – make voters feel that real change will never come.

7. My bank pays too much. But don't stop it (Times) (£)

Pressure over bonuses will work long term. But, David Wighton argues, headline-grabbing gestures will only harm investment.

8. Only global action can curb bonuses (Financial Times)

The real problem is the universal banking model, writes Philip Augar. The financial services industry has little choice but to follow the US.

9. Medical science will benefit from the research of crowds (Guardian)

Sharing data will change the way medical science works and speed up discovery of new cures, says Elizabeth Pisani.

10. Let's hope Alan Johnson doesn't get asked about stamp duty (Independent)

The mood music at which Johnners excels is important, says Matthew Norman. But you can't make music of any kind without knowing the individual notes.