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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. Why I no longer support a new high-speed rail line (Financial Times)

All the parties – especially Labour – should think twice before binding themselves irrevocably to HS2, writes Peter Mandelson.

2. Miliband hopes his tortoise will prevail over the Cameron hare (Daily Telegraph)

The Labour leader’s calm belies an air of frustration among many MPs and supporters, writes Mary Riddell.

3. We no longer believe the left will look after us (Times)

Large majorities of voters think Europe’s governments tax unfairly and spend inefficiently, writes Peter Kellner.

4. To rein in top pay, keep MPs poor and furious (Guardian)

As long as politicians harbour a pay grievance against public sector colleagues, they are more likely to guard the public purse, writes Simon Jenkins.

5. How can we be confident that things are really getting better? (Independent)

There have been so many disappointments over the economic recovery that caution is wise, writes Hamish McRae. So which green shoots are the ones we can rely on?

6. Egypt, Brazil, Turkey: without politics, protest is at the mercy of the elite (Guardian)

From Egypt to Brazil, street action is driving change, but organisation is essential if it's not to be hijacked or disarmed, says Seumas Milne.

7. Risks of a hard landing for China (Financial Times)

Beijing might need to do what its leaders neither want nor expect, writes Martin Wolf.

8. Don’t be tempted by nice Nigel Farage (Daily Telegraph)

Labour could well win the next general election if the Tories let down their guard, says Chris Grayling.

9. Most gay people still fear a knock at the door (Times)

Millions are persecuted for being homosexual, writes Daniel Finkelstein. The pursuit of global equality is still one of the great civil rights causes.

10. George Osborne's latest flop over 'shares for rights' is typical of modern government (Independent)

This measure's history says a lot about the replacement of ideology with marketing, says Andreas Whittam Smith.