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Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. This shocking NHS bill is without sense or mandate (Guardian)

The Lords should be affronted by the slipshod way our health system is being blown apart, before they can even debate it, writes Polly Toynbee.

2. Visionary, genius, game-changer ... but also a freak (Financial Times)

Steve Jobs could be PT Barnum one minute, banging the drum for a new operating system, and a sweet sixties hippie the next, guilelessly quoting Beatles lyrics, says Philip Delves Broughton.

3. Is Vladimir Putin's Eurasian dream worth the effort? (Guardian)

The Russian prime minister's union plan is not meant as a return to the Soviet past, but he would do well to check precedent, suggests Mark Mazower.

4. Gay marriage is not as simple as David Cameron believes (Daily Telegraph)

Government diktat should not be used to alter the basics of human society, writes Charles Moore.

5. The fight against climate change is down to us - the 99 per cent (Guardian)

Our movement differs from previous anti-globalisation protests, says Naomi Klein. To change society's values we must stay together for years.

6. France's battle to understand banks and banlieues (Financial Times)

French political leaders have still not learnt to think in new terms, argues Christopher Caldwell

7. All I get on the BBC these days is ... the BBC (Daily Telegraph)

From Desert Island Discs to PM to its own cuts, the Beeb is obsessed with itself, says Vicki Woods.

8. Get back on the maple-leaf road to recovery (Times) (£)

Canada and the conquest of debt once topped Cameron's reading list. But he has failed to follow the plot, writes Philip Collins.

9. Dave's posh, Ed's weird: which will be the bigger liability at the polls? (Independent)

Cameron and Miliband can change their policies, but they cannot change who they are, argues Andrew Grice.

10. Women's rights in, before troops out (Times) (£)

We cannot leave Afghanistan if half its population faces a future of virtual slavery, says Marielle Frostrup.

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