Morning call: the pick of the papers

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

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1. This pantomime of choice has created a mess, and an awful paradox (Guardian)

Choice is a driver of inequality, says Deborah Orr.

2. My advice for the seven millionth person? Eat fast (Times) (£)

Caitlin Moran, one of eight children, on a population milestone.

3. The moribund mainstream of politics risks letting loose the ghouls (Guardian)

John Harris is worried that Lib Dems no longer occupy the centre left, Labour is mired in the past. And so appears evil genius Nigel Farage.

4. Nearly losing my children was hell (Telegraph)

Louis de Bernieres on fathers' rights after divorce.

5. The European Union's journey towards ever-closer union has screeched to a halt (Telegraph)

Charles Moore believes that by admitting that an exit from the euro for Greece is possible, the EU has abandoned its founding doctrine.

6. Do those who flaunt the poppy on their lapels know that they mock the war dead? (Independent)

A provocative article from Robert Fisk, whose father served in the First World War.

7. Syria and Iran: the great game (Guardian)

Regime change in Syria is a strategic prize that outstrips Libya - which is why Saudi Arabia and the west are playing their part, writes Alastair Crooke

8. We can't solve the tragedy of gang crime if parents won't grow up too (Independent)

Christina Patterson reflects on new TV drama Top Boy.

9. Face it, there is no answer to the eurocrisis (Times) (£)

Both voters and leaders are deluding themselves. Europe has to accept there is no way out of its decline, says Matthew Parris.

10. When will the Empress of Europe and her French poodle ever learn? (Daily Mail)

Simon Heffer has some typically trenchant words about "Merkozy".

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