Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. It's not racist to be anxious over large-scale immigration (Guardian)

In between the rightwing hysteria over the 1 January changes and liberal pleas for tolerance, is a public preoccupied with rent, not race, writes John Harris.

2. How to prolong a banking credit crunch (Financial Times)

The lousy agreement on banking union will produce the financial sector equivalent of austerity, says Wolfgang Münchau.

3. Cameron’s given up on Turkey because his goose is cooked (Times)

The PM’s move to block anyone else from joining the EU is a desperate political move, says John McTernan.

4. At last, everyone gets it on public spending (Daily Telegraph)

Labour's conversion to prudence signals an overdue change in the political centre of gravity, argues Andrew Haldenby.

5. Someone needs to fight the selfish, short-sighted old (Guardian)

The cost of pandering to pensioners means we are penalising our young in relation to education, healthcare and housing, says Chris Huhne.

6. Ed Miliband should get the carving knife - this turkey government is done (Daily Mirror)

The Labour leader should trust his values and ignore siren voices urging him to lurch rightwards, says Kevin Maguire.

7. This isn't 'feminism'. It's Islamophobia (Guardian)

I am infuriated by white men stirring up anti-Muslim prejudice to derail debate on western sexism, writes Laurie Penny.

8. University challenge: Despite higher fees, there are more students than ever (Independent)

The time has come for angry Liberal Democrats to move on, says an Independent editorial.

9. America must dump its disrupters in 2014 (Financial Times)

This has been a very disruptive year but nothing about it was creative or constructive, writes Edward Luce.

10. Add the EU to the list of myths we’re brainwashed to believe (Daily Telegraph)

Like corks, and turning off mobiles on planes, 'Europe' may one day turn out to be pointless, says Boris Johnson.

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Police shoot man in parliament

A man carrying what appeared to be a knife was shot by armed police after entering the parliamentary estate. 

From the window of the parliamentary Press Gallery, I have just seen police shoot a man who charged at officers while carrying what appeared to be a knife. A large crowd was seen fleeing from the man before he entered the parliamentary estate.

After several officers evaded him he was swiftly shot by armed police.

Ministers have been evacuated and journalists ordered to remain at their desks. 

More follows. Read Julia Rampen's news story here.

Armed police at the cordon outside Parliament on Wednesday afternoon. Photo: Getty

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.