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Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. Who pays the Tesco CEO's wages of £6.9m a year? We do (Guardian)

When low supermarket wages are supplemented by state benefits, it allows obscene profits to be made at taxpayers' expense, writes Zoe Williams.

2. Labour deserves oblivion if it listens to the unions on pay (Independent)

Some unions are threatening to break ties, writes Steve Richards. Miliband should be relaxed about this.

3. There's nothing noble in this Wiki blackout (Times) (£)

Cutting off millions of users is self-serving and arbitrary, says David Aaronovitch. And it shows that the online world isn't serious.

4. In France, genocide has become a political brickbat (Guardian)

Next week's bill on denial of Ottoman atrocities against Armenians is an attack on free speech, one of many around the world, says Timothy Garton Ash.

5. Long march ahead to a truly capitalist China (Financial Times)

An economy now dominated by the government needs to be market led, says Qin Xiao.

6. What David Hockney's return tells us about the new mood in Britain (Daily Telegraph)

The country is once more ready to make confident judgments about truth and beauty, writes Peter Oborne.

7. Our toxic blend of capitalism and short-termism (Financial Times)

The rules that govern capitalism need to change, writes Ed Miliband.

8. Sarkozy could be toppled by the downgrade (Independent)

The credit downgrade is widely seen as an adverse judgement on Sarkozy's record in office, writes Andreas Whittam Smith.

9. Moldovan squatters and a week that showed how good citizens suffer while parasites flourish (Daily Mail)

The law is so heavily tilted in favour of a plaintiff, however undeserving and especially foreign, that the poor old British people have scant chance against them, says Max Hastings.

10. An idea that must finally take flight (Daily Telegraph)

If Britain is to build trade links with emerging economic powers, it must stop dithering and commit to airport expansion, argues a Daily Telegraph leader.

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