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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. If you think Britain is on its way back to prosperity, think again, it's a mirage (Daily Telegraph)

None of the economy's structural flaws have been fixed and we still face a major crisis when interest rates go up, writes Allister Heath. 

2. Why New York survived but Detroit is dying (Times)

Britain should heed the lessons of how one city shook off its disastrous legacy but another has refused to, says Daniel Finkelstein.

3. A revitalised monarchy fills the chasm left by dreary politicians (Daily Telegraph)

Britain’s Royal family survived its dark days by embracing modernity, writes Mary Riddell. Ed Miliband, take note.

4. Britain's royal family: cut this anti-democratic dynasty out of politics (Guardian)

The monarchy embodies inequality and fosters conservatism, writes Seumas Milne. An elected head of state is embarrassingly overdue.

5. US should support a trade deal with Japan (Financial Times)

Currency manipulation suspicion is based on distant, isolated episodes, writes Adam Posen.

6. Were four killed? Or nine? In Egypt, the deaths keep racking up - and few pay any attention (Independent)

When Mubarak fell the country was bright  with optimism, writes Robert Fisk. Now life is cheap and the future brings only fear.

7. Housing market: build, build, build (Guardian)

The shortfall in new homes has led to bubbles, busts, a lopsided economy and misery for many unable to get on the ladder, says a Guardian editorial.

8. Opposition is to blame for Mugabe’s grip (Financial Times)

Party leaders must unite if they are to unseat Zimbabwe’s president, says Petina Gappah.

9. Message for the Poor (Times)

Pope Francis is helping to repair the Church’s confidence and moral authority, says a Times editorial.

10. Enjoy today, young prince. It's all downhill from here (Guardian)

The third in line to the throne cannot expect to enjoy the slightest privacy, says Simon Jenkins. The media drones are already overhead.