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Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. Ed Miliband will live or die on the altar of immigration (Daily Telegraph)

The Labour leader should resist the temptation to shift to the right to counter Ukip’s threat, says Mary Riddell. 

2. Cleanse Fifa of corruption by leaving it, not playing along (Guardian)

We've danced to Blatter's tune for too long, writes Simon Jenkins. Britain, the birthplace of football, should set up a rival body – if only we had the guts.

3. Cities make us happy: more power to them (Times)

If we want places such as Manchester and Cambridge to thrive, they need more control over their own destiny, says Daniel Finkelstein. 

4. The problem with hospitals (Independent)

If a few hospitals are in trouble financially, it’s their problem, writes Oliver Wright. But if lots of hospitals are...

5. Let's not savage Kirstie Allsopp for having a view on motherhood (Guardian)

Until we allow women the freedom that we give to men, they will continue to receive vitriol simply for speaking out, writes Zoe Williams.

6. A university education is priceless (Daily Telegraph)

It is impossible to put a value on eccentric dons, time-wasting and learning to think, says A. N. Wilson. 

7. US sets an example on climate change (Financial Times)

America’s measures to cut carbon emissions must lead to a global agreement, writes John Kerry.

8. The NHS: money matters (Guardian)

Talk of an existential crisis, repeated most recently by Labour veteran Frank Field, no longer looks alarmist, says a Guardian editorial. 

9. Bold reforms aid Mexico’s growth (Financial Times)

The spur has been big improvements in policy but also in governance, says Martin Wolf.

10. The odd couple who may just save the union (Times)

A peer and a kick-boxing Tory leader have plotted a middle way for Scots who want to vote No without feeling unpatriotic, writes Alice Thomson. 

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New Digital Editor: Serena Kutchinsky

The New Statesman appoints Serena Kutchinsky as Digital Editor.

Serena Kutchinsky is to join the New Statesman as digital editor in September. She will lead the expansion of the New Statesman across a variety of digital platforms.

Serena has over a decade of experience working in digital media and is currently the digital editor of Newsweek Europe. Since she joined the title, traffic to the website has increased by almost 250 per cent. Previously, Serena was the digital editor of Prospect magazine and also the assistant digital editor of the Sunday Times - part of the team which launched the Sunday Times website and tablet editions.

Jason Cowley, New Statesman editor, said: “Serena joins us at a great time for the New Statesman, and, building on the excellent work of recent years, she has just the skills and experience we need to help lead the next stage of our expansion as a print-digital hybrid.”

Serena Kutchinsky said: “I am delighted to be joining the New Statesman team and to have the opportunity to drive forward its digital strategy. The website is already established as the home of free-thinking journalism online in the UK and I look forward to leading our expansion and growing the global readership of this historic title.

In June, the New Statesman website recorded record traffic figures when more than four million unique users read more than 27 million pages. The circulation of the weekly magazine is growing steadily and now stands at 33,400, the highest it has been since the early 1980s.