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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. Decent wages or a breadline economy: it's a no-brainer (Guardian)

The hostility that greeted Ed Miliband's ideas about increasing pay epitomises everything that's wrong with British business, says Ha-Joon Chang.

2. Breakaway Scots cannot keep the BoE (Financial Times)

An independent Scotland may use the pound – but it cannot have a say in running the central bank, writes Martin Wolf.

3. Why do so many critics of those of us on the left assume we are consumed by class envy? (Independent)

I’m not making personal attacks when I campaign for a fairer society, writes Owen Jones.

4. A smaller BBC would be good for audiences (Times)

In a digital age it’s unhealthy for the Corporation to spend the whole licence fee, says Roger Mosey.

5. US will not escape the Mideast fires (Financial Times)

Iraq and Libya show the dangers of intervention, Syria the perils of inaction, writes Philip Stephens.

6. Clegg is playing to the green middle (Daily Telegraph)

The Lib Dem leader is tailoring his speeches to detailed polling by party strategist Ryan Coetzee, writes Isabel Hardman.

7. Iain Duncan Smith's second epiphany: from compassion to brutality (Guardian)

I've seen his benefit sanctions inflict misery on places like Easterhouse, where poverty made him weep a decade ago, says Polly Toynbee.

8. We must fund the Armed Forces properly – before disaster strikes (Daily Telegraph)

For years now, Britain has lacked the will and the means to finish the battles it has started, says Fraser Nelson.

9. Cities are cool, unpredictable and hard to control: Russell Brand should run for mayor (Guardian)

They are our future states, electing dynamic leaders and welcoming new politics – as the win by Bill de Blasio shows, writes Simon Jenkins.

10. It’s all hot air unless they learn from defeat (Times)

Talk of who leads Labour next (Chuka, perhaps, or Yvette?) ignores the sentimental policies of today, writes Philip Collins.