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Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. Underemployment can be as corrosive as unemployment – and it's on the rise (Guardian)

Lots of people are wondering why the employment figures aren't worse, since we're in such a slump, writes Aditya Chakrabortty. Well, if you measure them properly, they are.

2. The debate about the 80s had moved on. Now Thatcher is dragging us back (Independent)

The question of how we make institutions more accountable, better-regulated and transparent without stifling them is the new challenge from the 1980s, writes Steve Richards.

3. Conservatives should be pro-market, not pro-business (Financial Times)

It was not the size of the state that Thatcher rolled back but its reach into the economy, writes Janan Ganesh.

4. Benefit cap: in defiance of logic (Guardian)

If you had set out to make children poorer for being born into large families, then this might be a sensible way to do it, says a Guardian editorial.

5. Ed Miliband should be pitching a bigger tent (Times) (£)

Labour would be unwise to rely on a coalition of left-wing voters, says Rachel Sylvester. A ‘35 per cent strategy’ may backfire.

6. We subsidise firms that keep workers in poverty (Independent)

The Conservatives should back a living wage for workers, says Ian Birrell. It would show they cared about ordinary people, while cutting some of the ground beneath Labour.

7. Europe is no longer Spain’s solution (Financial Times)


The people are losing faith in national and EU institutions, says Gideon Rachman.

8. Margaret Thatcher's funeral: when does peaceful protest cross the line? (Daily Telegraph)

If demonstrations mark the day the world remembers Thatcher, the police will have to make some swift decisions, writes Philip Johnston. 

9. Tony Blair is like a loose horse at the Grand National (Guardian)

Labour's former leader is making the same mistake as Thatcher – and getting in the way of the runners in today's electoral race, says Polly Toynbee.

10. Welfare reform remains a moral imperative (Daily Telegraph)


We must remember that a proper benefits system should be designed to encourage people to leave it, says a Telegraph editorial. 

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