Morning Call: pick of the papers
The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.
1. Big trouble from little Cyprus (Financial Times)
The calamity that has struck the island threatens wider damage, writes Martin Wolf.
2. D-Day Budget for would-be Chancellor Ed Balls (Daily Telegraph)
Labour's shadow chancellor is feared in Downing Street, but he has not silenced doubters in his own party, writes Mary Riddell.
This new press regulator is all about revenge, not justice, says Simon Jenkins. It's hard to imagine a more chilling deterrent to serious investigation.
4. Labour's chance to lead fiscal policy (Financial Times)
The party should commit to reducing the ratio of public debt to GDP, writes Nick Pearce.
The US and Britain not only bathed Iraq in blood, they promoted a sectarian war that now threatens the region, says Seumas Milne.
6. No turning back. And no rabbits from hats (Times) (£)
The Chancellor cannot afford any bold or tricksy stunts when deficit reduction is the only course to pursue, says Daniel Finkelstein.
For 25 years, tax revenue has been stuck at around 38 per cent of GDP, notes Hamish McRae. No government has been able to increase it.
The former prime minister and his spin doctor have wrought such tragedy and grief in the world that they should be regarded as pariahs, says Max Hastings.
9. Will George Osborne make his mark or show himself as unambitious? (Daily Telegraph)
This Budget will tell us whether George Osborne is content with going down in history as an unambitious, steady as he goes apparatchik, says Allister Heath.
10. François Hollande: Mr Normal takes a battering (Guardian)
The French president's promise to stabilise and reverse unemployment by the end of the year is looking like yet another broken election pledge, notes a Guardian editorial.