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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. The decline of interest in politics is worse news for Labour (Guardian)

Behind the fun fisticuffs between Labour and the unions is a grim trend that threatens all politics, writes Geoffrey Wheatcroft.

2. Australia will reveal what politicians we want (Times)

Voters Down Under will show our MPs whether people want directionless crowd-pleasers or leaders with conviction, writes Tim Montgomerie.

3. The west's influence in Egypt is as limited as its will for democracy there (Guardian)

If the country is to avoid a return to entrenched dictatorship, secular progressives and Islamists must find common cause, writes Jonathan Steele. 

4. Last US frontier shows need for government (Financial Times)

Thanks to local and state spending, funding of public goods is in better shape than many realise, writes Martin Dickson.

5. This government attack on unions will gag charities and campaign groups, too (Guardian)

Even local campaigns against fracking or a new road may be criminalised under draconian proposals to limit political spending, says Frances O'Grady.

6. This might not be a recovery, but a good old-fashioned boom (Daily Telegraph)

It’s no time for caution – we’re learning to have fun again, so let’s enjoy it while we can, says George Trefgarne.

7. It’s time for a new Labour guru – Coco Chanel (Daily Telegraph)

The only route to power for Ed Miliband is to adopt a very simple maxim: less is more, says Dan Hodges.

8. If the PM doesn't hit the brakes, his legacy will be one of the biggest white elephants in history (Daily Mail)

More and more evidence is stacking up to suggest that HS2, if it goes ahead, will be one of the greatest follies of any British government, writes Stephen Glover. 

9. When did university become a factory? (Independent)

What has happened to the places of free thought and experimentation, where minds expanded, asks Yasmin Alibhai Brown.

10. Push too hard and we lose our faith in charity (Times)

People are becoming alienated by overpaid chiefs, overzealous interference and overemphasis on political lobbying, writes Libby Purves.

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