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Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. Welfare cuts: Cameron's problem is that people are nicer than he thinks (Guardian)

Polly Toynbee predicts that when these welfare changes come into force, their savage effect will be seen -- and then the public mood will turn.

2. We need some tough love to get people off welfare and into Pret (Daily Telegraph)

Fraser Nelson argues that ministers should face down the Lords over benefit curbs -- the workers are on their side.

3. Ed's plan for Britain: be more like Germany (Times) (£)

Few took note of the Labour leader's speech on the crisis in capitalism, says Philip Collins. But its ideas would change our country.

4. Britain's reputation is in the dock over rendition (Independent)

Questions have been raised about the UK's line between decency and realpolitik, says this leading article.

5. Politics and the American language (Financial Times)

Orwell provides some of the best commentary for those interested in the Republican debates, says Gary Silverman.

6. Freedom is still flowering in the Arab Spring (Times) (£)

Violence and votes for Islamism are a setback but this was never a quick fix. William Hague reiterates that the coalition will do all it can to aid democracy.

7. 'Devo max' would make Scotland fiscally responsible -- why does Cameron oppose it? (Guardian)

Only a tribalistic craving for central control explains the prime minister's urge to defend the UK against Scottish autonomy, says Simon Jenkins.

8. An informal addition to the laws of physics -- don't work for Iran (Daily Telegraph)

The covert war behind the latest assassination in Tehran raises moral concerns, says Michael Burleigh.

9. This is not about 'bad apples'. This is the horror of war (Independent)

How many other abuses took place off camera, asks Robert Fisk.

10. The market still has no rivals (Financial Times)

Samuel Brittain argues that the central case for the competitive capitalist system is that it promotes both personal and political freedom.