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Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

Morning Call.

1. The secret state is just itching to gag the press (Guardian)

Get regulation wrong, and it won't be tales of Cheryl Cole that are censored, but revelations like those of Edward Snowden, writes Jonathan Freedland.

2. Has someone got to this conspiracy theorist? (Times) (£)

Norman Baker can’t suddenly put aside his David Kelly belief, says Daniel Finkelstein.

3. US shutdown: The rise of America’s vetocracy is true to the ideals of the Founding Fathers (Independent)

Francis Fukuyama: In a system designed to empower minorities and block majorities, stalemate will go on.

4. Gazprom on the ropes (IHT)

Gazprom, the world’s biggest gas producer, is in trouble. Would the Kremlin break it up? asks Alan Riley.

5. EU referendum: Adam Afriyie, the first man of Tory self-sacrifice (Telegraph)

By reopening the debate on the EU referendum, Adam Afriyie has achieved the impossible – a united Conservative Party, writes Matthew Norman.

6. Why is the left obsessed by the Daily Mail? (Guardian)

The Mail editor Paul Dacre defends the decision to publish Geoffrey Levy's piece, and claims Mail stand up to the "liberal-left consensus" in Britain.

7. David Cameron's baiting of the BBC may betray a wider strategy (Independent)

We learnt quite a lot at PMQs. But the most intriguing revelation was the Prime Minister's dig at the beeb, writes Chris Bryant.

8. Battersea is saved. Dad would be chuffed (Times) (£)

Yet it is odd that the impetus for the rescue came not from Britain but from the other side of the world, writes Matthew Paris.

9. Who is responsible for the US shutdown? The same idiots responsible for the 2008 meltdown (Guardian)

In opposing Obamacare, the radical-populist right exposes its own twisted ideology, says Slavoj Žižek.

10. The care system has to change - not the workers who gave my dad a dignified death (The Mirror)

Fiona Phillip says that in a society so driven by a thirst for 15 minutes of fame, it is a scandal that our elderly, ill and vulnerable are the victims of 15 minutes of shame.

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