Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. Mr Cameron must chose his words more carefully (The Independent)

The coalition is charged with letting playing fields fall to developers, but Michael Gove is merely going where Labour went before him, writes John Rentoul.

2. West Coast blues (Financial Times)

The privatisation of Britain’s railways in the early 1990s was meant to end the inefficiencies that had characterised the former monopolist, British Rail. Unfortunately, results have not matched expectations, writes the Financial Times.

3. Be bold, Prime Minister, make Mr Cable your Home Secretary (The Telegraph)

A seismic shake-up of the Cabinet is the only option if the Tories are to revive their fortunes, argues Paul Goodman.

4. Euston, we have a problem (The Independent)

There are only two ways to make more money from the railways - increase fares or cut staff, writes Paul Vallely.

5. From Pussy Riot, a lesson in the power of punk (The Guardian)

Putin may have more serious critics, but Pussy Riot have shown the west how artistic dissent can still make a difference, writes John Harris.

6. The U-turn on social care is a small step towards a better Britain (The Guardian)

Capping care costs will ease a terror felt by many. But leaders must beware: disaster lurks in promises the coalition can't keep, writes Jackie Ashley.

7. Britain is ready for a highbrow PM (The Independent)

Bright politicians should learn that authenticity pays; dirty wars in leafy suburbia; and books that shape generations, writes DJ Taylor.

8. Michael Gove must be allowed to complete his quiet revolution (The Telegraph)

From top down to bottom up – a cultural transformation is under way in schools across the country, writes Matthew d'Ancona.

9. Hardly persecution, Mr Assange (The Independent)

Julian Assange's soaring rhetoric from the balcony of the embassy of Ecuador today was, by now, a rather familiar performance, writes The Independent.

10. The BBC boss off to New York to change the Times (Financial Times)

The hiring of Thompson shows the NYT is eyeing a digital future, writes Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson

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PMQs review: Theresa May shows again that Brexit means hard Brexit

The Prime Minister's promise of "an end to free movement" is incompatible with single market membership. 

Theresa May, it is commonly said, has told us nothing about Brexit. At today's PMQs, Jeremy Corbyn ran with this line, demanding that May offer "some clarity". In response, as she has before, May stated what has become her defining aim: "an end to free movement". This vow makes a "hard Brexit" (or "chaotic Brexit" as Corbyn called it) all but inevitable. The EU regards the "four freedoms" (goods, capital, services and people) as indivisible and will not grant the UK an exemption. The risk of empowering eurosceptics elsewhere is too great. Only at the cost of leaving the single market will the UK regain control of immigration.

May sought to open up a dividing line by declaring that "the Labour Party wants to continue with free movement" (it has refused to rule out its continuation). "I want to deliver on the will of the British people, he is trying to frustrate the British people," she said. The problem is determining what the people's will is. Though polls show voters want control of free movement, they also show they want to maintain single market membership. It is not only Boris Johnson who is pro-having cake and pro-eating it. 

Corbyn later revealed that he had been "consulting the great philosophers" as to the meaning of Brexit (a possible explanation for the non-mention of Heathrow, Zac Goldsmith's resignation and May's Goldman Sachs speech). "All I can come up with is Baldrick, who says our cunning plan is to have no plan," he quipped. Without missing a beat, May replied: "I'm interested that [he] chose Baldrick, of course the actor playing Baldrick was a member of the Labour Party, as I recall." (Tony Robinson, a Corbyn critic ("crap leader"), later tweeted that he still is one). "We're going to deliver the best possible deal in goods and services and we're going to deliver an end to free movement," May continued. The problem for her is that the latter aim means that the "best possible deal" may be a long way from the best. 

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.