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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. Cameron’s referendum gamble has failed (Financial Times)

Eurosceptics keep winning concessions they said were ‘final’ before demanding more, writes Janan Ganesh. 

2. Housing squalor and exploitation are back. But where is Labour's outrage? (Guardian)

Cameron's housing policy seems crafted to turn a crisis into a catastrophe, for aspiring owners and the most vulnerable, writes Polly Toynbee.

3. Only Labour can rebuild our middle class (Daily Telegraph)

A Labour government would reshape the economy, so that everyone could enjoy higher living standards, writes Ed Miliband. 

4. A veto over EU laws? This can only be a Mandelsonian plot (Independent)

What the 95 Tory MPs propose is not just unrealistic, it is unrealism on stilts, says John Rentoul. 

5. Dude, where's my North Sea oil money? (Guardian)

For a few years, the UK enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime windfall – only, unlike the Norwegians, we've got almost nothing to show for it, writes Aditya Chakrabortty.

6. Yes, it does matter if our leaders have secret affairs. France's president isn't just a lothario - he's a liar (Daily Mail)

A man with enormous power he should not be allowed to conceal his deceptions, says Stephen Glover. 

7. Ed Miliband needs an Achilles’ heel operation (Times)

In the Labour leader’s big speech he must deal with the one problem that makes his party unelectable, says Rachel Sylvester. 

8. Bullingdon bust-up masks a real problem (Financial Times)

A pragmatic pro-European should acknowledge that democratic systems must adapt, writes Gideon Rachman. 

9. Britain can learn from France, the new sick man of Europe (Daily Telegraph)

The UK should study what happens when a country’s political and social institutions lose the public’s confidence, and those at the top are given an easy ride by the media, says Benedict Brogan. 

10. Cameron must go to Sochi, but wear a rainbow (Times)

The PM could accept Putin’s invitation, but subvert his intention, says Matthew Syed. Let’s grab any chance to embarrass Putin with both hands.