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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. Looking for a party funding scandal? Try David Cameron's Conservatives (Guardian)

We know how much Unite gives Labour, but finding out who writes the cheques for Conservative Central Office is more difficult, writes Aditya Chakrabortty.

2. The question Ed Miliband has to answer: whose side are you on? (Daily Telegraph)

Like Blair before him, the Labour leader must show he’s in favour of choice and standards, says Benedict Brogan.

3. Yes, Labour's selection process has been abused, but not by the unions (Guardian)

 It is time the spotlight was turned on the right wing of the party, who have used parliamentary seats as patronage for too long, says Len McCluskey.

4. Freedom and democracy can become enemies (Financial Times)

Key members of Egypt’s liberal movement supported the ouster of the country’s first democratically elected president, writes Gideon Rachman.

5. Labour needs the unions, but both need members (Guardian)

Falkirk is a tragedy for unionism, which suffers the same affliction as political parties do: empty democracy, writes Polly Toynbee.

6. The barons are dead. Long live the rank and file! (Times)

Ed Miliband’s plan to pass power from union leaders to individual members would be a bold and welcome step, writes Rachel Sylvester.

7. Lots of Conservative Party members prefer Ukip's policies (Daily Telegraph)

A study into who might change allegiance - and why - makes uncomfortable reading for the PM, say Tim Bale and Paul Webb. 

8. Yes, people in large homes should pay more tax (Times)

People who grew rich from property rises should help those who didn’t, says James Bloodworth.

9. The mess with Labour and the unions makes this the perfect time to let the state fund political parties (Independent)

If the lack of respect for MPs is what prevents taxpayers stumping up, this lack owes a lot to the present system, says Donald Macintyre.

10. Miliband must renounce more than Unite’s tactics (Financial Times)

The Labour leader’s task is to show voters that he would not govern how Len McCluskey desires, says Janan Ganesh.