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Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

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1. How hateful is Britain? Insulted, bullied and murdered – for being disabled (Independent)

In our supposedly civilised society, people who are ‘different’ still face abuse, vigilante justice and death, writes Ian Birrell.

2. The last prejudice? Don’t be fat in fashion or politics (Times) (£)

Women have broken through many ceilings and barriers but they’re still not allowed to be size-16s , writes Janice Turner.

3. Parliament needs to rein in the sinister growth of the payroll government (Telegraph)

The time has come for a proper inquiry into one of Westminster’s biggest open secrets - the growth of prime ministerial power through the payroll vote, says Paul Goodman.

4. Jeremy Paxman is as much 'stuck in' politics as you or I, Nick Clegg (Guardian)

To cast the Newsnight presenter as a parasite reveals Clegg's alarming delusion that politics is only done by politicians, says Marina Hyde.

5. Dig deep, sow seeds and watch Britain grow (Times) (£)

The UK needs HS3 as well as HS2. We need two new cities and more technical colleges. We need long-term vision, says Matthew Parris.

6. John Cole: on paper and on TV, a man of integrity (Guardian)

His integrity was never in doubt, visible in newspaper offices as it would later become to millions of BBC television viewers, says Michael White.

7. Swallow your contempt – Wonga is the symptom, not the problem (Financial Times)(£)

Disdain is no guide to regulating a socially useful sector, writes Tim Harford.

8. Politicians, learn this: people cannot live by bread alone (Guardian)

Russell Brand, Grayson Perry and co are our new priests, plugging a gap the church no longer fills and that our leaders fear to address, writes Jonathan Freedland.

9. Clean up the police, Theresa - or forget about No.10 (Daily Mail)

May has a massive obstacle to overcome if she is to lead: the catastrophic crisis of confidence in the police, for whom she is ultimately responsible, says Simon Heffer.

10. Prince Charles at 65: A modern man of undimmed energy ready to be king (Telegraph)

As the Prince of Wales approaches his 65th birthday, he has made a success of his current, unique role, and that bodes well for his next, argues Charles Moore.

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