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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. The great NHS showdown is coming. Soon. (Times)

Jeremy Hunt has so far avoided a winter crisis but, without tough measures, the system will end up in a critical condition, warns Paul Goodman. 

2. Cameron will pay a heavy price for alienating immigrant voters (Daily Telegraph)

Hostility to minorities has destroyed the electoral hopes of US Republicans, while Labour has a huge lead in constituencies with a high percentage of British Asians, writes Mary Riddell. 

3. ‘Too big to fail’ is too big to ignore (Financial Times)

The problem is not only the subsidy for bank risk-taking, it is also the likelihood of disasters, says Martin Wolf.

4. The rational Putin has to rein in the mad one (Times)

If the unpredictable Kremlin leader goes over the edge, he’ll trigger a war, writes Roger Boyes. We’re right to be fearful.

5. How Janus-faced George Osborne defied stereotype and triumphed (Guardian)

For a chancellor four years into office after presiding over the worst slump since the war, his popularity is remarkable, writes Simon Jenkins. 

6. Scotland is the bedrock of Britain’s defences (Daily Telegraph)

The SNP's proposals for its future armed forces are risible and would undermine the UK’s safety, says Con Coughlin. 

7. I’m taking on the status quo, and the establishment’s fighting back (Independent)

As a party we have been expecting this; Ukip is doing well in the polls, writes Nigel Farage.

8. Housing in Britain: of roofs and riches (Guardian)

If the aim were exacerbating society's class divides, it is hard to think of a surer means of accomplishment than a property boom, says a Guardian editorial. 

9. George Osborne’s secret weapon (Financial Times)

The Chancellor should take care with dynamic modelling, says an FT editorial. 

10. What the Birmingham schools probe can tell us about bog-standard comps (Guardian)

Whatever the results of the education department's investigation, pupils' education has been disrupted by the academy agenda, says Zoe Williams.