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Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. Whether it's plebgate or the Great Train Snobbery, they're all out to intimidate the government (Independent)

Why are respectable, small-c conservative newspapers so indignant about George Osborne travelling first-class? One word: Leveson, says Dominic Lawson.

2. I know from experience that the BBC is an empire of control freaks and cowards (Daily Mail)

The Savile scandal has exposed a profound malaise which will take years to cure, says Max Hastings.

3. Mrs May might – why Tories are tipping Theresa for the very top (Daily Telegraph)

The Home Secretary has more than a touch of Margaret Thatcher about her, writes Paul Goodman.

4. Why politicians won't tell you the truth about crime (Guardian)

Offending is falling, and prison doesn't work, writes Polly Toynbee. But Cameron shows he's also addicted to the quick fix of tough talk.

5. Cameron needs to rediscover his instincts (Financial Times)

The government’s mishaps result from its meagre interest in pure politics, writes Janan Ganesh.

6. The BBC must learn lessons from a crisis of its own making (Independent)

There were errors and misjudgements of varying size, and unacceptable passivity, writes Steve Richards. But the idea that this was something more sinister just doesn't stand up.

7. Looking forward to our debates? Think again (Times) (£)

Coalition may be just one excuse to avoid staging a prime ministerial TV contest for 2015, writes Nick Robinson.

8. Welcome to Berlin, Europe’s new capital (Financial Times)

The price of assistance will be rules made in Germany, says Gideon Rachman.

9. The curse of Lebanon (Guardian)

The revival of sectarian feeling will hit this tiny nation – which is already at the mercy of greater powers – hard, says Jeremy Bowen.

10. Unnecessary pain (Daily Telegraph)

With 11 weeks to go before the child benefit cuts are introduced, preparations remain something of a shambles, notes a Telegraph editorial.