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Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. Does Labour have the appetite to support the Casserole Club? (Daily Telegraph)

A radical plan to reshape the state and hand power and money to local authorities is proving controversial in the shadow cabinet, writes Mary Riddell. 

2. The long, withdrawing roar of trade unionism (Times)

Once a power in the land the union movement still dominates the public sector, writes Daniel Finkelstein. But for how much longer?

3. If robots divide us, they will conquer (Financial Times)

The rise of intelligent technologies may cost us dear – unless we understand the dangers, says Martin Wolf.

4. Labour and the unions: two cheers for democracy (Guardian)

Mr Miliband's plan goes a long way in the right direction, but some of the details remain muddy, says a Guardian editorial.

5. Get off the Speaker’s back. He deserves a much better press (Times)

His work has done much to restore the status of the Commons, says Tim Montgomerie.

6. Pakistan's future is tied to the Taliban (Guardian)

With the impending withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, the time has come to talk – despite the horrific wave of bombings, says Tariq Ali.

7. Independence can revive Scotland (Financial Times)

A Yes vote offers Scots the chance to emulate their Victorian forebears, writes Michael Fry.

8. There are very good reasons a foetus cannot be a victim of crime (Guardian)

Criminalising women who drink while pregnant would set a profoundly dangerous legal precedent, writes Zoe Williams. Support for the idea is driven by wild overestimates of foetal alcohol syndrome.

9. Russia doesn’t seem to care that it has had to spend stupid money in order to host the Winter Olympics. Maybe it should (Independent)

The Games are stunningly, ludicrously, absurdly expensive, writes Hamish McRae. To take a round figure they look like costing $50bn.

10. Why the NHS is crossing the Rubicon (Daily Telegraph)

The 'Francis effect’ following the scandal of bad treatment at Stafford Hospital is leading to more nurses, less box-ticking, and greater transparency, says Jeremy Hunt.