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Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. If trade unions don't fight the workers' corner - others will (Independent)

The political and media establishments treat unions as if they have no legitimate place in life, writes Owen Jones.

2. We are fighting Islamism from ignorance, as we did the cold war (Guardian)

The west wasted trillions in needless conflict with the USSR, says Simon Jenkins. Now we are being brainwashed into confrontation with Iran.

3. The 50p tax rate is a bomb that a brave Chancellor would defuse (Daily Telegraph)

A radical Budget from George Osborne will prevent an exodus of wealth from the UK, says Fraser Nelson.

4. Why reform of House of Lords is a botch (Financial Times)

Reform is likely to make the process of legislating more difficult and its quality even worse, warns Martin Wolf.

5. The no-fuss way to elect the House of Lords (Times) (£)

Here's how to make the Upper House more democratic without stuffing it full of third-rate party hacks, writes Philip Collins.

6. Tax credit cut will hit hardest those the Tories love to praise - working families (Guardian)

The government is hurting those trying to stay off the dole, while filling workplaces with free staff, writes Polly Toynbee. Voters should be shocked.

7. Is there really no alternative? Let Irish voters be the judge of that (Independent)

Solutions are being pushed on the basis of "no alternative", says Adrian Hamilton. Yet there are alternatives.

8. Pc David Rathband: where was the help he needed? (Daily Telegraph)

The support system is failing wounded police officers, writes Peter Stanford.

9. Even the lawyers oppose secret courts! (Daily Mail)

Ministers are attempting to undermine the treasured principle "that public justice should be dispensed in public", says a Daily Mail editorial.

10. UK must not sell off Wedgwood's legacy (Financial Times)

We must celebrate the Steve Jobs of his day, writes Richard Lambert.