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Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. Think brain scans can reveal our innermost thoughts? Think again (Guardian)

Increasing claims for neuroscience – that it can locate jealousy or Muslim fundamentalism – are ludicrous, writes Raymond Tallis

2. Britain can no longer afford to bankroll the rich  (Guardian)

Not only is the ever-growing wealth of the super-rich not trickling down, it is creating ever-growing instability in a future not worth having, writes Nick Cohen

3. Will we ever really know why people turn to terrorism? (Guardian)

We need to ask what leads a person to rationalise an act of murder and see themselves as above the law, writes Peter Beaumont

4. Hate mustn’t be made a thought crime – only acting on it is (Telegraph)

Words must be regarded differently in law from acts. It distinguishes a free nation from a totalitarian one, writes Janet Daley

5. Patrick Mercer: A rogue operator, or a return to the days of Tory sleaze? (Telegraph)

For the Prime Minister’s allies, Patrick Mercer’s disgrace is positively karmic, says Matthew d’Ancona

6. Cuts, BBC? What cuts?   (Telegraph)

What neither the Chancellor nor the BBC want to admit is that public spending is still racing upwards, says Christopher Booker

7. France is marching against markets   (FT)

Gay marriage is the cherished priority of an elite-driven political system, writes Christopher Caldwell

8. Hassan Nasrallah, Hizbollah leader (FT)

The militia chief’s backing for the Assad regime could ignite a bigger conflict, says David Gardner

9. China, Baby 59, and national self-deception (Independent)

The mother deserves sympathy, the state scrutiny, writes Memphis Barker

10. Sorry James Salter, if a book's any good, the best lines will linger (Independent)

And you can quote me on that, writes Tom Sutcliffe