Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

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1. For the state to intervene in the free market would have been anathema to Osborne. How times change (Independent)

Miliband can take satisfaction that an expedient Osborne recognises a need to dance to his tunes, says Steve Richards.

2. Trading gimmicks with Labour won’t keep Britain’s lights on (Daily Telegraph)

Cameron has put our energy security at risk by trying to match a Miliband price freeze, says Benedict Brogan.

3. Obama needs to take on the Israel lobby over Iran (Financial Times)

The outcome of a looming showdown between two leaders who loathe one another will be critical, writes Gideon Rachman.

4. Do voters want Bravehearts or cool heads? (Times)

Scotland in the referendum and the whole UK at the next election must choose between hope and fear, says Rachel Sylvester.

5. The University of London cleaners fighting for their rights (Guardian)

Thanks to outsourcing, economic apartheid is alive and well and flourishing in our universities, says Aditya Chakrabortty.

6. Cameron must outwit party rationalists (Financial Times)

The UK centre-right needs to relaunch to save conservatism from the Conservatives, says Janan Ganesh.

7. British universities shouldn't condone this kind of gender segregation (Guardian)

Secular neutrality is a pillar of higher education, writes Polly Toynbee. We can't cave in to faith groups in our institutions – even if it causes offence.

8. Police reform: Lord Stevens’s report has much to recommend it – until he drops the baton (Independent)

He has tackled issues at the heart of Plebgate - but his restructuring plans don’t add up, writes John Rentoul.

9. Payday loan cap could backfire on the Tories (Daily Telegraph)

George Osborne should beware getting into an arms race with Labour to see who can come up with the best gimmick, says a Telegraph editorial.

10. So you need that smart cuckoo clock for Christmas, do you? (Guardian)

A global bullshit industry recruits the values with which we'd like the festival to be invested – to sell things no one, writes George Monbiot.

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