Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

New Statesman

1. Neglect of the weak was not invented with the National Health Service (Guardian)

The Stafford hospital scandal is far from unprecedented. Dickens and Gladstone would have recognised this human weakness, says Jonathan Freedland.

2. The real mistake over the Cyprus bail-out would be to think it can’t happen here in Britain (Telegraph)

The financial omens that led to the banking crisis in Cyprus are only too familiar, writes Graeme Archer.

3. We’d moved on from New Labour long before David Miliband said he was going (Independent)

David was a great boss for the 10 very enjoyable minutes that I was a minister at the Foreign Office, says Chris Bryant.

4. The week the Fourth Reich began (without a shot being fired) (Daily Mail)

There has been a historic shift in the balance of power in Europe this week that will have profound repercussions for us all, argues Simon Heffer.

5. If we can’t care properly for the most vulnerable, what does it say about society? (Daily Mirror)

One day you could be sitting there with overgrown nails and hair, swallowing drugs you don’t want and food you wouldn’t give a dog, says Fiona Phillips.

6. Forty is too young to be a failure in politics (Times) (£)

Youth is no bad thing, but we will lose a sense of memory and history if MPs rise and fall as fast as David Miliband, says Chris Mullin.

7. The Book of Mormon’s lesson in genital genocide (Independent)

Female genital mutilation needs full-throated protest and some people possibly being rather offended, says Grace Dent.

8. The Tory views you won’t hear on television (Times) (£)

Knocking Cameron and ranting about Europe is the safe-seat option. Mathew Parris spoke to MPs in marginals to get the true picture.

9. Andrew Mitchell should focus on police, not the press (Guardian)

It is understandable Mitchell is suing the Sun over 'plebgate' but police also have questions to answer when it comes to evidence, says Andrew Gimson.

10. We must stop Britain turning into a land without memory (Telegraph)

It may enrage some historians, but Education Secretary Michael Gove is right that children should learn things by heart, says Charles Moore.