Morning Call: pick of the papers
The ten must-read pieces from this morning’s papers.
Simon Jenkins argues that Will Hutton merely reflects the widespread view that individuals should take responsibility for their families' future.
2. Pension reform makes sense up to a point (Financial Times)
Sensible proposals are contained in Hutton's report, says Martin Wolf – but they raise more questions than they answer.
3. Demanding cheaper oil is disastrous (Independent)
The most popular cry in politics today is a pledge to deny reality and cut petrol prices, says Johann Hari.
4. Africa's despots fear the gales will blow south (Times) (£)
Ian Birrell notes that news of the revolts in Libya and Egypt is being ruthlessly suppressed by nervous dictators.
5. In China, to get rich is not always glorious (Guardian)
China is wealthier, says Isabel Hilton – but its people are unhappier. Its new five-year plan will hope to cheer them up.
6. These are the perils when we outsource war reporting (Independent)
Reporters who are clearly "foreign" are more easily forgiven, notes Mary Dejevsky. "Locals" who take the other side are seen as traitors.
7. Time to embrace the Arab world (Financial Times)
It is imperative that Europe demonstrate it is in the Middle East and North Africa for the long haul, says Philip Stephens.
8. Will Cameron keep true to our national destiny? (Times) (£)
The Prime Minister's foreign-policy credentials are so far untested. The no-fly zone is his first big challenge, says Charles Powell, a former private secretary to Margaret Thatcher.
Maybe David Miliband was watching Brian Cox. But, says Martin Kettle, he has shown Europe's progressive parties how to become electable again.
10. We should beware of another Le Pen (Financial Times)
As France's depressive element rises, so does the appeal of the simplistic, bombastic National Front, writes Jonathan Fenby.
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