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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.