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Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

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1. In Britain, beer is much more than just a drink (Guardian)

6. Home truths about the housing market (Telegraph)

George Osborne’s help-to-buy scheme in the Budget may excite the hopes of would-be homeowners, but it confirms our alarming dependence on an insufficient stock of homes, writes Alex Morton

7. Middle East needs more than fine words (Financial Times)

John Kerry’s good intentions are worthless if the US president is not ready to take risks, writes Philip Stevens

8. The SWP leadership has turned the party into a sinking ship (Guardian)

The party's leadership has only itself to blame for the mass exodus of members caused by its cover-up of a rape complaint, writes Richard Seymour

9. I’m glad I learnt to read Shakespeare at school rather than a balance sheet (Independent)

Richard Branson has recommended dropping "irrelevant" topics from the curriculum, writes Alice Jones

10. On Syria, the west needs a better choice than do nothing or direct intervention (Guardian)

In the US, debate about arming the Syrian opposition is heating up. But we need to find a different paradigm than military aid, write Carne Ross