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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. The Conservative Party is in danger of dying on its knees (Daily Telegraph)

The gap between the leadership and the parliamentary party remains troublingly wide, writes Benedict Brogan. 

2. How Ed Miliband can continue to make the political weather (Guardian)

The Tories ridiculed Labour's energy price freeze, writes Polly Toynbee. Now Osborne's autumn statement limps after it in imitation.

3. The power of George Osborne is growing by the day (Independent)

The rise of the Chancellor as such an overwhelmingly dominant figure is new, says Steve Richards. 

4. China’s sins aren’t all about the Dalai Lama (Times)

Everyone will ask Cameron about Tibet, writes Hugo Rifkind. They’ll forget the workers shoring up Beijing’s ‘economic miracle’.

5. Osborne must focus on the deficit (Financial Times)

Since the bidding war over living standards assumed prominence, Tory prospects have receded, writes Janan Ganesh.

6. The lies behind this transatlantic trade deal (Guardian)

Plans to create an EU-US single market will allow corporations to sue governments using secret panels, bypassing courts and parliaments, writes George Monbiot. 

7. Toxic legacy of Fred Goodwin years at RBS leaves Ross McEwan with enormous task (Daily Mail)

Any hope politicians had of cheering RBS on into a new era looks to be vanishing rapidly, says Alex Brummer. 

8. Putin miscalculated over Ukraine (Financial Times)

To Moscow the ‘colour revolutions’ were sinister, threatening its sphere of influence, writes Gideon Rachman. 

9. Tin Man Cameron needs to show his heart (Times)

The Tories are thought of – particularly by women and voters in the north – as lacking compassion, writes Rachel Sylvester. 

10. PISA: Poor academic standards – and an even poorer test (Daily Telegraph)

Britain’s schools may be in a bad way, but the Programme for International Student Assessment rankings are hardly the best judge, says Martin Stephen.