Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

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1. Curb the banks? The government has propped them at every opportunity (Guardian)

George Monbiot shares the story of how David Cameron and George Osborne secretly tried and failed to kill tougher European rules on bankers' bonuses.

2. No more red-top grit to spoil "red Tory" oyster (Times) (£)

Rachel Sylvester suggests that the exit from No 10 of the ex-tabloid editor Andy Coulson marks a significant shift in modernisers' struggle to rebrand the Tories.

3. The curious indifference of rival papers and politicians (Independent)

The elected leaders still pay homage to non-elected media owners, says Steve Richards, and who can blame them? Papers shape opinions.

4. The screws turn on the News of the World (Financial Times)

According to Philip Stephens, something in the political air says a dam may burst. No wonder Murdoch is said to be hopping mad.

5. Labour has to raise the stakes – and Balls is a very good bet (Daily Telegraph)

To make the party a winner, Ed Miliband has to embrace the dash of Tony Blair's early years, says Mary Riddell.

6. "Control orders lite" will not make us any safer (Times) (£)

Unless we sweep away this authoritarian policy, the radicalisation of Muslims will continue, argues David Davis.

7. For all its neuroses, the BBC should have self-confidence (Guardian)

Conservatives hate the corporation, says Polly Toynbee, but the public trusts it and will always defend it against looming depredations.

8. Where have all the thinkers gone? (Financial Times)

Gideon Rachman asks why a list of contemporary intellectuals looks so feeble.

9. Such a thing as society (Times) (£)

The "big society" was the government's defining idea, says this leading article. But it is being lost because of poor definition and implementation.

10. The Palestine Papers – Despair. But we still need a deal (Guardian)

A two-state solution remains the only show in town, argues this editorial – the leaked documents should be seen as a chance to put this back on track.

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