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Morning Call: pick of the papers

The ten must read pieces from the Sunday papers.

1. David Cameron is the prisoner of his own rhetoric about the banks (Sunday Telegraph)

The PM's recent talk of 'moral markets' and appeals to fairness make Stephen Hester's bonus that much harder to defend, says Matthew d'Ancona.

2. Fairness for the rich, nothing for the poor (Independent on Sunday)

The government is adopting the language of the playground when it talks about being fair, says Paul Vallely -- let's talk about being just instead.

3. Pay fair tax and you can keep your bonus (Sunday Times) (£)

It is easy to villify Hester, says Martin Ivens, but marrying economic efficiency with fairness will be far harder.

4. Who most wants independence for Scotland? The English... (Observer)

Andrew Rawnsley argues that if the Union referendum were held south of the border, Alex Salmond would be more likely to get his way.

5. The BBC is like the Titanic -- going down fast (Independent on Sunday)

Janet-Street-Porter asks who should replace Mark Thompson when he steps down as director-general of the BBC, and what they should earn.

6. I beg you, Mr Gove, bring back thinking (Sunday Times)

Jenni Russell criticises our education system, which has become preoccupied with delivering exam passes rather than an educated population.

7. Attacking the church is a cheap shot (Observer)

Has everyone forgotten these are men of God, asks Victoria Coren. It's actually their job to stand up for the poor.

8. The Cardiff police scandal is not over (Independent on Sunday)

This leading article argues that the police who stood trial for corruption should be retried in the light of rediscovered files.

9. Barack Obama is trying to make the US a more socialist state (Sunday Telegraph)

The State of the Union speech was based on the very model that is causing the EU to implode, warns Janet Daley.

10. Globalisation can work, but only with a unified international plan (Observer)

Will Hutton says that we desperately need economic and social institutions working across national borders.

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