Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. A gamble from not-so-red Ed Miliband (Independent)

The issue now is how, with so much conceded, Mr Miliband can find a compelling reason to vote Labour, says an Independent editorial.

2. Salmond's dream of a separate Scotland is falling apart (Daily Telegraph)

Faced with the realities of independence, Scots young and old are now turning back to Britain, says Fraser Nelson.

3. UK must fix banks, not monetary policy (Financial Times)

What is appealing in the short term may prove a big error in the longer term, writes Martin Wolf.

4. This slow march will get Miliband nowhere (Times)

At last Labour has crept towards reality on welfare spending, writes Philip Collins. Now it must find the courage for a decisive leap.

5. The forces that are reshaping the Middle East will reshape Turkey too (Independent)

Turkey’s friends abroad have said more about what the protests were not, rather than what they were, writes Mary Dejevsky.

6. Civil liberties: American freedom on the line (Guardian)

The fact that police have the right to monitor the communications of all its citizens – in secret – is a classic hallmark of a state that fears freedom, says a Guardian editorial.

7. We wasted North Sea oil – let’s not do the same with shale gas (Daily Telegraph)

A sovereign wealth fund based on Britain's newest energy resource is not to be sniffed at, writes Andrew Wilson.

8. The Robin Hood tax is under attack (Guardian)

Ambitious proposals for an EU financial transaction tax are being torn apart behind closed doors, writes Philippe Lamberts. 

9. Give me the politics of hope, not of maths (Times)

All those stats kill ideas and argument, writes Gaby Hinsliff.

10. Nations and the illusion of sovereignty (Financial Times)

The concept of freedom to act is as compelling as it is unrealistic, writes Philip Stephens.

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Cabinet audit: what does the appointment of Liam Fox as International Trade Secretary mean for policy?

The political and policy-based implications of the new Secretary of State for International Trade.

Only Nixon, it is said, could have gone to China. Only a politician with the impeccable Commie-bashing credentials of the 37th President had the political capital necessary to strike a deal with the People’s Republic of China.

Theresa May’s great hope is that only Liam Fox, the newly-installed Secretary of State for International Trade, has the Euro-bashing credentials to break the news to the Brexiteers that a deal between a post-Leave United Kingdom and China might be somewhat harder to negotiate than Vote Leave suggested.

The biggest item on the agenda: striking a deal that allows Britain to stay in the single market. Elsewhere, Fox should use his political capital with the Conservative right to wait longer to sign deals than a Remainer would have to, to avoid the United Kingdom being caught in a series of bad deals. 

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. He usually writes about politics.