Five of the Best

The top five comment pieces from today's papers.

Simon Jenkins argues that the Labour Party was "dismantled,ideologically and constitutionally" by the Blairites. The left is now unrepresented as never before.

Steve Richards
says that the Tories' loathing for John Bercow has exposed their reactionary side.

Johann Hari
on why the Amazon uprising matters to us all.

Agnès Poirier explains why secular France and multicultural Britain could never discuss the burka in the same way.

Hidden conflicts of interest distorted academics' analysis of the financial crisis, says Devesh Kapur in the Financial Times.

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.

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