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Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. Alex Salmond no longer has the pound in his pocket (Guardian)

George Osborne's Edinburgh speech will challenge the SNP leader to reveal his plan B for an independent Scottish currency, says David Torrance.

2. Yes, the floods are awful, but we must keep a sense of proportion (Daily Telegraph)

The countries where we send foreign aid suffer disasters on a scale we can hardly imagine, writes Peter Oborne.

3. Tristram Hunt was bang out of order to cross a picket line…and his party is guilty of not standing up for workers’ rights (Independent)

Labour’s failure to make the case that the living standards and rights of working people depend on trade unions is a travesty, says Owen Jones. 

4. A decade of struggle against the State Goliath (Times)

Bureaucrats and politicians must look over their shoulders in case the TaxPayers’ Alliance has them in their sights, writes Tim Montgomerie.

5. Money no object to fight floods? Pull the other one, Dave. We're drowning in debt... (Daily Mail)

Cameron’s promise of unlimited economic assistance without any detailed costing comes from the land of make-believe, says Stephen Glover.

6. David Cameron is wise to want to be the new Stanley Baldwin (Guardian)

He was a quintessential one nation Tory whose steady persona reassured voters, writes Martin Kettle. It may, though, be too late to copy him.

7. No need to feel under the weather – yet (Times)

For all the predictable gripes, this isn’t a major disaster, says David Aaronovitch. So let’s keep calm and be ready for when things get worse.

8. A 'pause' in centuries of British wars is not enough (Guardian)

Britain's record of continuous conflict has no parallel, says Seumas Milne. Now the elite is panicking that they can't get away with it any more.

9. Abe’s ‘womenomics’ needs revolution (Financial Times)

Japan’s glass ceiling is concrete, its women-friendly ‘architecture’ as flimsy as origami, writes David Pilling. 

10. The women of Westminster have had enough (Daily Telegraph)

High-flying female MPs and civil servants have been put off by bullying and one-upmanship, says Sue Cameron.

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