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Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. Osbornomics is unravelling, and Nick Clegg is right to sound the alarm (Daily Telegraph)

Fraser Nelson says that the Deputy PM's call for tax cuts prompts the question: where are the Conservative ideas?

2. Fairness isn't the be-all and end-all of welfare (Times) (£)

Everyone says you shouldn't take out unless you've paid in, says Philip Collins. But only Nick Clegg really believes it (and the voters).

3. Don't expect the Tories to regret this bloody battle over benefits (Guardian)

Will they be embarrassed by the galloping poverty they're creating? No, says Polly Toynbee. Labour must defend the weak against these bullies.

4. How to equip the IMF for the crises of our time (Financial Times)

The world seems dangerously without guidance, writes Lorenzo Bini Smaghi.

5. Gay people have come a long way -- but hatred is still out there (Independent)

Outright bigotry is in retreat, says Owen Jones, but a substantial chunk of the population still has a problem.

6. Backbenchers are idling. Throw us some meat (Times) (£)

Jack Straw writes that he can't remember a time when Commons business was so light and the Lords so overloaded.

7. Shareholders should scrap fancy pay packages for top bosses (Financial Times)

Luck plays a big part in executive success, writes Richard Lambert.

8. The UK economy needs a shower of money in the high street (Guardian)

Printing money might not be dignified, but it does work, says Simon Jenkins -- just keep the banks and the credit rating agencies out of it.

9. View From the Mountain (Times) (£)

European leaders and policymakers at Davos are waking up to the need for bold action over Europe, says this leading article.

10. Europe rests on Monti's shoulders (Financial Times)

Philip Stephens writes that Italy has returned to the centre of the world's stage and Mario Monti's fate may be Europe's.

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