Show Hide image Politics 18 February 2014 Morning Call: pick of the papers The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers. Print HTML 1. Smart Alex Salmond has had a nasty run-in with reality (Daily Telegraph) The latest assault from London on keeping the pound and Brussels on joining the EU has left the SNP leader bruised and battered, writes Alan Cochrane. 2. With seven months to go to the Scottish referendum, the scaremongering has begun (Guardian) It is simply not true that an independent Scotland would get no place in the EU or a currency union, says Angus Roxburgh. We need facts not scare tactics. 3. Clegg may be batting his eyelashes at Labour, but he won't turn a cold shoulder on the Tories (Independent) The key issue in any future negotiations for a coalition is the precise context in which they take place, not Clegg’s politics, writes Steve Richards. 4. How we ended up paying farmers to flood our homes (Guardian) This government let the farming lobby rip up the rulebook on soil protection – and now we are suffering the consequences, says George Monbiot. 5. The storms reveal how little governments can do (Financial Times) We have come to see the state as omnipotent in the face of any problem, writes Janan Ganesh. 6. Cameron's student visa policy is a disastrous own goal (Guardian) The prime minister's careless immigration pledge is putting off some of our brightest visitors – and damaging Britain, says Timothy Garton Ash. 7. Scotland can be a model for how to split (Financial Times) There are remarkably few examples of nations breaking up in a civilised way, writes Gideon Rachman. 8. Salmond’s case for keeping sterling is bluster and abuse (Times) By the SNP’s logic Britain should adopt the dollar, writes John McTernan. 9. Fashion is one of the most hyper-capitalist businesses (Guardian) Haute couture is one of the very few businesses allowed to present itself as not being wholly about commerce, but the facts say otherwise, writes Aditya Chakrabortty. 10. Clegg’s Dangerous Shift (Times) In his attempt to woo the left, the Deputy Prime Minister risks losing voters in southern and rural constituencies, says a Times editorial. › The UK needs better jobs not just more jobs Subscribe More Related articles Metro mayors can help Labour return to government How the Brexit referendum has infantilised British politics Vote Leave have won two referendums. Can they win a third?