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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. Economics is too important to leave to the experts (Guardian)

Ordinary citizens may be able to see the world more clearly than the narrow-focused economics professionals, writes Ha-Joon Chang. 

2. Ukip voters aren’t racist. They’re in despair (Times)

The way to stop the rise of Nigel Farage’s party is to start understanding its voters rather than hurling insults at them, says Tim Montgomerie. 

3. Asian states must stem intolerance (Financial Times)

Bigoted interests are gaining ground under the noses of leaders who profess to uphold openness, writes David Pilling. 

4. Newark has flushed out the real meaning of Nigel Farage (Guardian)

In dodging the Newark by-election, the Ukip leader has opted to lead an anti-politics party, says Martin Kettle. It is a far-reaching decision.

5. London turned Johnson into a leader (Financial Times)

The mayor would make a much more effective minister thanks to City Hall, says Ben Rogers.

6. Nigel Farage will pay the price for taking the British public for fools (Daily Telegraph)

By announcing that he won't be running in Newark, Nigel Farage hasn’t just bottled it – he’s blown it., says Dan Hodges. 

7. A City boom will bring gloom for exporters (Times)

If British manufacturing is ever to recover we need an even weaker pound, not one buoyed up by banking’s resurgence, writes Ed Conway. 

8. It's not Russia that's pushed Ukraine to the brink of war (Guardian)

The attempt to lever Kiev into the western camp by ousting an elected leader made conflict certain, writes Seumas Milne. It could be a threat to us all.

9. People power drives the fight to cure cancer (Daily Telegraph)

There has been an amazing response to the Medical Innovation Bill, which would allow doctors to innovate, writes Maurice Saatchi. 

10. Why can't the slippery David Steel admit he was wrong about Cyril Smith? (Daily Mail)

Steel, and doubtless other senior Liberals, foolishly ignored serious allegations made against the Rochdale MP, says Stephen Glover.