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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. Ed Miliband is no weakling but this union battle could destroy him (Daily Telegraph)

The Labour leader has picked a fight that has very little relevance to voters, warns Mary Riddell.

2. It’s unavoidable: we need a directly elected PM (Times

The party system is crumbling, writes Daniel Finkelstein. More primaries and less biddable politicians will lead to a constitutional revolution.

3. Miliband, Labour and Falkirk: the real problem is unions aren't influential enough (Guardian)

If Falkirk is used to weaken trade unionists' role in politics it can only entrench the closed circle of corporate power, says Seumas Milne.

4. Why China will not buy the world (Financial Times)

The Chinese economy is marked by its dependence on others, writes Martin Wolf.

5. Jimmy Mubenga's unlawful killing was a death waiting to happen (Guardian)

Mubenga's inquest has shed light on the murky world of the privatised deportation business, write Deborah Coles and Mark Scott.

6. Egypt will spark terrorism across the globe (Times

The deaths of 51 people in Cairo is like a recruiting sergeant’s bugle call to violent radicals, writes Roger Boyes.

7. Labour and the unions: Mr Miliband rolls the dice (Guardian)

The party leader has set big things running, not all of which were fully spelled out in a speech at London's St Bride Foundation, says a Guardian editorial.

8. Some protests suit Blair more than others (Independent)

Now the coup threatens to boost extremists, and sends a terrible message worldwide, says Ian Birrell.

9. Royal Mail will have the freedom to thrive (Daily Telegraph)

Privatising Royal Mail will help secure our postal service's long-term future, says Michael Fallon.

10. The story of the QE2 symbolises the shifting wealth of the world (Independent)

The west’s new role: supplier of luxury we can’t afford ourselves, writes Hamish McRae.

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