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Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. Downgrade the rating agencies (Financial Times)

After their ill-starred role in bringing the financial house down, why does anyone still take them seriously, asks Philip Stephens.

2. Cameron is the only party leader who truly understands capitalism (Daily Telegraph)

The Prime Minister knows that the free-market system is hard-wired into our national DNA, says Fraser Nelson.

3. On morality Ed Miliband is way ahead of Cameron. Now for the economy (Guardian)

Miliband has done well to force Cameron to fight on Labour territory. But he needs to change the economic conversation, says Polly Toynbee

4. Labour didn't care who landed in Britain (Daily Telegraph)

The last government had lax immigration and a chaotic way of controlling foreign benefit claimants, claim Chris Grayling and Damian Green.

5. That's the unions' death rattle, not Labour's (Times) (£)

The barons are so many Wizards of Oz, says Philip Collins. If they won't back 21st-century workers, we need new unions that will.

6. Scotland needs to judge the costs of independence (Financial Times)

Breaking free would deprive Scots of benefits, writes Martin Wolf.

7. Health unions care only for themselves (Daily Mail)

The unions give the impression that looking after the sick comes a very poor second to hanging on to pay and perks, says a Daily Mail editorial.

8. Anti-sex propaganda doesn't work (Independent)

Some still believe that decent women are incapable of sexual agency, writes Laurie Penny.

9. Don't dismiss nimbyism - it's the default mode of politics (Guardian)

Politicians are quick to sneer at complaints about HS2, but the tale of Boris's airport shows how hypocritical they are, writes Simon Jenkins.

10. Rejecting Oxbridge isn't clever - it's a mistake (Independent)

It is a great shame if brilliant young people think Oxford is just a posh place with impractical architecture, says Philip Hensher.

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