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Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. Struggling with a great contraction (Financial Times)

The risk is not of a double dip recession because this one has never ended, writes Martin Wolf.

2. Why wait for politicians to oust foreign tyrants? Every one of us can do our bit (Guardian)

Governments bomb despots, or do nothing, writes Jonathan Freedland. It is time to explore the alternatives.

3. Take cover: a financial hurricane is blowing in (Times) (£)

The end of summer is a dangerous economic time, writes Anatole Kaletsky. The next four weeks will show if the global economy is sinking.

4. Any delay to reform would represent fiscal recklessness (Independent)

One of the greatest threats to the economic recovery is a reckless banking sector, says Ben Chu.

5. Tell the truth: Scotland has been indulged for too long (Daily Telegraph)

The nation that always seems to be asking for more should start giving something back, says John McTernan.

6. Choker of the Exchequer George Osborne is the Government's weakest link (Daily Mirror)

Rioting came and went, but Osborne's disastrous economic policies remain with us, writes Kevin Maguire.

7. Who wants responsibility for healthcare delivery? Not Andrew Lansley (Guardian)

The health secretary can't claim the NHS is safe in his hands now direct responsibility for it has been taken out of them, says Alan Maynard

8. Britain has too few homes for sale (Daily Telegraph)

Our shortage of housing is good for rich foreigners and buy-to-let landlords, but bad for young adults - and even their parents, writes Ed Howker.

9. The new Libya needs Britain to give, not take (Daily Telegraph)

The best reward for our role in deposing Muammar Gaddafi would be stability in the North African state, says Malcolm Rifkind.

10. Apple minus its genius will be less lovable (Financial Times)

Steve Jobs could ignore vulgar consensus, take risks and kill projects because it was indisputably his company, writes Jason Pontin.

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