Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. Coalition, act two: Liberal Democrats must step away from the Tories (Guardian)

In 2013 Nick Clegg's party needs to establish a more assertive identity and win voters over for bold, new reasons, says Richard Reeves.

2. What does UKIP really want? (Independent)

Like many political figures, in private Ukip leader Nigel Farage is charming, playful and witty - but his views are political poison, says Owen Jones.

3. Obama’s year of reckoning awaits on Iran (Financial Times)

The president faces uninvented threats from around the world, writes Edward Luce.

4. Mass immigration is hurting the poorest (Times) (£)

This is an issue of fairness, not xenophobia, says Tim Montgomerie. And until the major parties address it, UKIP will continue to benefit.

5. Tolerance is not enough to learn the art of living with others (Guardian)

Supporting gay marriage is an obvious good, writes Timothy Radcliffe. But we should be confident enough to face up our differences too.

6. How to fix costly and unjust US tax system (Financial Times)

Too many provisions favour a very small minority of fortunate taxpayers, says Lawrence Summers.

7. We need houses – but don’t forget the sewers (Daily Telegraph)

Planners must ensure that communities have the infrastructure to cope with development , says Nick Herbert.

8. Mr Obama's one chance to bring in gun control (Independent)

With passions running so high and a strong impetus from the President, some reform might be possible, says an Independent leader.

9. Let’s not dwell on immigration but sow the seeds of integration (Daily Telegraph)

Thanks to Labour, the dam has burst – so it’s up to all of us to make the best of it, writes Boris Johnson.

10. Labour plays politics with gay weddings (Daily Mail)

The party resisted the much less radical idea of civil partnerships being blessed in church, writes Andrew Pierce.

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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.