Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. Grammar schools do not aid social mobility. Stop this deluded thinking (Guardian)

The figures show clearly that selective schools entrench inequality rather than help the poor, writes John Harris. They should all be scrapped.

2. Iran will test Obama’s game plan (Financial Times)

Talks could show how easily he is outplayed by tougher opponents, including the US Congress, writes Edward Luce.

3. Western armies know they are not answerable to any overseer – they do as they please (Independent)

The murder carried out by Marine A is not just shocking in itself, says Yasmin Alibhai Brown. It speaks of a wider western attitude in all its arrogance and brutality.

4. Marine A must face justice, but the law has its limits in warfare (Daily Telegraph)

Unlike other countries, Britain is allowing its soldiers to be hobbled by the 'right to life’, says Boris Johnson.

5. The Tories' psychosis over Europe is leading them to disaster (Guardian)

David Cameron failed to face down his party's nationalist demons while in opposition, says Chris Huhne. Now he's paying the price.

6. Right treatment for the Obamacare bug (Financial Times)

There is still time to follow the basic rules of project management, says Lawrence Summers.

7. Right-wing politicians plant hate not hope in our hearts (Daily Mirror)

It suits a disreputable group of scaremongering right-wing politicians that migrants are wrongly blamed for our problems, writes Kevin Maguire. 

8. The Prime Minister is presiding over an A&E brain drain (Times)

New figures show today that half of all vacancies in casualty departments go unfilled, writes Andy Burnham.

9. Only the Tories offer opportunities for all (Daily Telegraph)

The Tories must remind voters that they are, and always have been, the party of aspiration, says a Telegraph editorial. 

10. Does China need democracy to be rich? (Times)

Westerners are subject to more economic meddling from the State than our Communist-led cousins are, writes Matt Ridley.

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The New Statesman's Fundamenta-list: the zeitgeist, then and now

In 1988, Marxism Today put out a list of "modern" and "new" things. Now, with the future of the left forcing us to radically rethink the "new times", the New Statesman has updated the list for 2016.