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Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

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

1. When Nelson Mandela goes, the global village will lose its elder (Guardian)

The former South African president is the ultimate example of moral authority, the most precious commodity in politics, writes Jonathan Freedland.

2. Australian blokes have done their country down (Daily Telegraph)

Julia Gillard has been driven out as Australia's prime minister by a brutal and unfair misogynist culture, says John McTernan.

3. The State’s been cut but Britain hasn’t bled (Times)

Forget scissors and axes, says Matthew Parris. There’s so much public sector fat George Osborne just needs a liposuction machine.

4. Labour pays price of George Osborne’s failure to cut deficit (Independent)

The continuing age of austerity means Labour will be playing away in 2015, writes Andrew Grice.

5. Croatia, a nation lost in translation (Guardian)

Despite the fact that our country joins the European Union on Monday, we don't seem in the mood to celebrate, writes Slavenka Drakulic.

6. Our leaders are busy polishing their CVs (Daily Telegraph)

Mervyn King avoided the selfishness that afflicts too many of our modern politicians, says Charles Moore.

7. This dash for shale gas should be Plan Z, not Plan A (Independent)

The government say that a technological revolution based on government getting out of the way of progress is what we need, writes Tony Juniper. They couldn’t be more wrong.

8. Who Governs Labour? (Times)

Labour is too dominated by influences in Unite, argues a Times editorial. Ed Miliband needs to assert his authority.

9. From Leveson to Iraq, our leaders are obsessed with inquiries (Daily Mail)

Instead of embracing responsibility, modern ministers recoil in horror at decision-making, writes Dominic Sandbrook.
 

The spending review foretells a smaller and far more humble government, writes Janan Ganesh.