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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. Britain’s needlessly slow recovery (Financial Times)

The government has been led astray by focusing on deficit and debt rather than the health of the economy, says Martin Wolf.

2. The Tories could fight an election tomorrow. Not so, Labour... (Independent)

The Labour leadership needs to add detail to its alternative journey, writes Steve Richards. 

3. Osborne's autumn statement was a study in pessimism. Who will offer hope? (Guardian)

As Britain gets richer, the Tories motor on with their cuts agenda, writes Polly Toynbee. We can afford a brighter future and Labour should say so.

4. George Osborne's recovery is built on sand (Daily Telegraph)

Britain desperately needs reforms to boost business and trade, not increase consumption, says Jeremy Warner. 

5. Autumn statement: no big winners, but Ed Balls is the clearest loser (Guardian)

A Westminster discussion worth hearing would have acknowledged that Britain is recovering – then asked why that recovery is serving so few people, says Aditya Chakrabortty.

6. A lesson in how not to deal with China (Financial Times)

Britain apparently has nothing to say on the rising tensions in the East China Sea, writes Philip Stephens.

7. As usual, we’re addicted to the short term (Times)

The Chancellor’s good news should not obscure Britain’s appalling lack of investment in the future, says Philip Collins. 

8. George Osborne will have to push harder than this (Daily Telegraph)

The Chancellor may have felt pleased with the Autumn Statement, writes Fraser Nelson. But much more work is needed if the Chancellor is to halt our spiralling national debt.

9. France in the Central African Republic is latest use of 'Hollande doctrine' (Guardian)

The country is using military intervention in Africa for humanitarian means – but also to boost its leader's polls, says Simon Tisdall. 

10. A deficit memento and a cap trap (Financial Times)

The goal is to place the burden centre stage and show that only the Tories can handle it, writes Janan Ganesh.