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The top five comment pieces from today's papers-on why Thought For The Day should be scrapped, the u

AN Wilson argues that instead of opening Thought For The Day up to atheists, Radio 4 should scrap "this slot of politically-correct twitter".

In the Guardian, David Blanchflower argues that cutting public spending would transform a recession into a depression. "Most of the self-proclaimed experts calling for public spending cuts missed the recession in the first place," he writes.

The Times's Daniel Finkelstein warns that by continuing to celebrate Sarah Palin, the Republican Party has cast itself as "the opposition, the angry outsider".

Max Hastings argues in the Financial Times, that Britain should relinquish Trident and consider cancelling two new aircraft-carriers in order to mount a decisive Afghanistan campaign.

The Daily Mirror's Kevin Maguire on the opportunism of a Conservative Party championing spending cuts but calling for more troops and helicopters for Afghanistan.

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.

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Sarah Champion wants to un-resign and join Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet again

The MP is understood to have emailed asking for her job back. 

Sarah Champion, MP for Rotherham, is to rejoin the shadow cabinet less than a month after her dramatic resignation. 

On 28 June, in the aftermath of Brexit, she tweeted: "I have just stepped down from my shadow minister job, but not my responsibilities to my constituents, party or victims of abuse."

Now, she has reportedly emailed Jeremy Corbyn's team to request an un-resignation from her position as shadow minister for preventing abuse. 

According to the Guido Fawkes blog, she wrote: "I would like to formally retract my resignation and ask to be reinstated to my role as Shadow Home Office minister for preventing abuse and domestic violence with immediate effect."

Unsurprisingly, perhaps, given their staffing issues on the shadow cabinet, the Corbyn team is understood to be welcoming her back. 

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has repeatedly urged ex-shadow cabinet MPs to come back. On 1 July he said: "Wouldn't it be better if people came back and worked with us?"

And on Sunday, he alarmed weekend TV viewers by turning straight to camera and telling the nation: "We've got to stop this now."