Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. False claims won't deny us our place in the family of nations (Independent)

Alex Salmond writes that the ham-fisted antics of Cameron and Osborne will only increase support for Scottish independence.

2. Can Alex Salmond give Britain the chop? (Daily Telegraph)

Scottish independence is the SNP leader's great ambition -- but, says Alan Cochrane, his weaknesses could be the project's undoing.

3. Alex Salmond does not make Scottish independence inexorable (Guardian)

Martin Kettle says that the SNP leader wants a referendum deal -- because without it the SNP is more likely to lose

4. Scotland's secessionists are slaves to a romantic tartan past (Financial Times)

SNP strategy boils down to medieval populism, says John Lloyd.

5. Migration caps aren't about protecting British workers (Guardian)

Reduce net migration if you must, says Zoe Williams, but don't expect it to improve the lot of the lowest skilled and lowest paid.

6. Ulster needs peace. But it needs truth more (Times) (£)

It's the hardest of moral dilemmas, says David Aaronovitch -- does one family's desire for justice trump the goal of ending all the violence?

7. Mitt Romney's 'Mittmentum' may not last long (Daily Telegraph)

Tim Stanley notes that the suspicion lingers that the Republicans' likely presidential nominee is simply the best of a bad bunch.

8. Hands off British film, Mr Cameron (Guardian)

Peter Bradshaw argues that it is absurd to imply, as David Cameron has, that hearty commercial films are starved of cash by arthouse conspirators.

9. Forget spreadsheets. Teach maths and magic (Times) (£)

Mike Lynch says that Gove is right: schools are failing at computer science, which hurts pupils and business.

10. West needs to go back to capitalist basics (Financial Times)

Europe must look east if it wants to resolve its debt crisis, says Mahathir Mohamad.

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New Digital Editor: Serena Kutchinsky

The New Statesman appoints Serena Kutchinsky as Digital Editor.

Serena Kutchinsky is to join the New Statesman as digital editor in September. She will lead the expansion of the New Statesman across a variety of digital platforms.

Serena has over a decade of experience working in digital media and is currently the digital editor of Newsweek Europe. Since she joined the title, traffic to the website has increased by almost 250 per cent. Previously, Serena was the digital editor of Prospect magazine and also the assistant digital editor of the Sunday Times - part of the team which launched the Sunday Times website and tablet editions.

Jason Cowley, New Statesman editor, said: “Serena joins us at a great time for the New Statesman, and, building on the excellent work of recent years, she has just the skills and experience we need to help lead the next stage of our expansion as a print-digital hybrid.”

Serena Kutchinsky said: “I am delighted to be joining the New Statesman team and to have the opportunity to drive forward its digital strategy. The website is already established as the home of free-thinking journalism online in the UK and I look forward to leading our expansion and growing the global readership of this historic title.

In June, the New Statesman website recorded record traffic figures when more than four million unique users read more than 27 million pages. The circulation of the weekly magazine is growing steadily and now stands at 33,400, the highest it has been since the early 1980s.