Morning Call: pick of the papers

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.

1. Nick Clegg’s authority is secure, but his party has been hollowed out (Daily Telegraph)

The lack of a grassroots challenge shows how the Lib Dems are putting power before principle, writes Mary Riddell.

2. We still live in Lehman’s shadow (Financial Times)

The bank’s collapse was but a symptom of the looming crisis, writes Martin Wolf.

3. Vladimir Putin can preen himself over Syria but the pressure on him is intense (Guardian)

The Russian leader has cunningly upstaged Obama, writes Simon Jenkins. But now he's the dominant player, his own reputation is on the line.

4. Even if it is a housing bubble, it can bring benefits (Independent)

The story is more complex than whether or not we are entering a bubble, says Hamish McRae.

5. If the Lib Dems join Miliband, they’re dead (Times)

Contrast with the Tories has benefited the party in coalition, but its policies are too similar to Labour’s, says Daniel Finkelstein.

6. Video games are this decade’s art form (Financial Times)

Many bemoan the end of mass TV viewing, but this is the era of mass playing, says Helen Lewis.

7. Lloyds reprivatisation: Back to normality – sadly (Guardian)

The normalisation of Lloyds is a sign of how little progress this government has made in reforming our banks, says a Guardian editorial.

8. Mitchell’s long wait for justice is an outrage (Times)

A year must be enough for the police to investigate one 45-second incident, says Ken Macdonald.

9. Scottish independence: what happens after the flag-waving? (Guardian)

Alex Salmond's vision for an independent Scotland is too narrow, says Alex Bell. We need more than old songs and tired policies.

10. Oh you nearly men - how different history could have been for Vince Cable and his like (Independent)

Vince Cable seems destined to join the great lost leaders in the ghostly halls where political dreams go to die, writes Matthew Norman.

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