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Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. The bombing continues until Gaddafi goes (Times) (£)

David Cameron, Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy write that the Libyan leader will make his country a pariah state. To leave him in power would be an unconscionable betrayal.

2. Forty nations made a pact on Libya – now they have to act on it (Daily Telegraph)

The main burden of the military effort in Libya is falling on just two of the 40 or so countries involved in the Nato mission, writes Con Coughlin.

3. Obama's fightback has begun (Financial Times)

The Republicans can scarcely contain their glee that the president has entered the 2012 election campaign championing tax hikes, writes Simon Schama.

4. This royal frenzy should embarrass us all (Independent)

Johann Hari maintains that republicans are not the Grinch, trying to ruin the "big day" for William and Kate: they are proposing a positive vision.

5. Labour must change its tune to the new blues (Times) (£)

An embryonic alliance between the party's co-operative roots and its Blairite rump could be its way back to power, says Philip Collins.

6. Policing demonstrations: grounds for protest (Guardian)

It is increasingly clear that something had gone badly awry with the Met's handling of protests in 2009, says an editorial.

7. Cameron's cynical and disappointing approach to immigration (Independent)

A leading article argues that the true objective of the speech was to shore up Tory support ahead of next month's local elections.

8. Talking tough (Times) (£)

The apparent schism in the coalition over immigration is more tactical than real, says this leading article.

9. The IMF needs to find its voice again (Financial Times)

The old consensus against capital controls was not mere dogma. Most of the time they don't work, argues Sebastian Mallaby.

10. The banks needed Scarman's cold eye, but Vickers blinked (Guardian)

The report on Britain's inner-city riots 30 years ago changed police behaviour, says Martin Kettle. Today's Vickers commission on banking makes proposals to fit our timorous times.