Morning Call: Pick of the Papers

Ten must-read pieces from this morning's papers

Ed Balls has the rare political right to say: I told you so (Guardian)

Jonathan Freedland finds the shadow chancellor's political strength lies in his capacity to be infuriatingly right.

Scotland's slow countdown (Times)

Leading article urges careful - and sceptical - consideration of the case for Scottish independence.

A political class mired in crisis and scandal (Daily Mail)

Leading article ambitiously links Leveson inquiry to Eurozone scandal and decides our governing elite is incapable.

Nick Clegg's U-turn for the Better (Guardian)

The Deputy Prime Minister has come at least half way towards grasping the failure of austerity, says Robert Skidelsky.

At the heart of Europe's crisis is the abolition of the nation state (Telegraph)

Elegiac account of eurozone meltdown as the expression of hubristic folly of Europe's founding fathers, by Bruce Anderson.

Grammar schools educated people to lead the world. They can do so again (Independent)

Lively rehearsal of classic argument for the old, flawed but effective engines of social mobility, by Chris Blackhurst.

Ireland faces a choice between lucre and liberty (Guardian)

Harder to stomach than auserity is the realisation that a small state cannot fend for itself in a dangerous world, writes Mary Kenny.

It's hard to believe we can build a credible state after so many years of failure (Independent)

Rory Stewart finds historical reasons to be deeply sceptical about Britain's ability to fulfil its ambitions in Afghanistan.

So David Cameron lacks an ideology - who knew? (Independent)

Andrew Grice finds enthusiasm for David Cameron's leadership draining out of the Conservative party.

The fantasy of a United States of Europe is ending in tears, blood and despair (Mirror)

Extremism, neo-fascism, social decay stalk Europe. Who does Tony Parsons blame? Er, Nick Clegg, apparently.

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To stop Jeremy Corbyn, I am giving my second preference to Andy Burnham

The big question is whether Andy Burnham or Yvette Cooper will face Jeremy in the final round of this election.

Voting is now underway in the Labour leadership election. There can be no doubt that Jeremy Corbyn is the frontrunner, but the race isn't over yet.

I know from conversations across the country that many voters still haven't made up their mind.

Some are drawn to Jeremy's promises of a new Jerusalem and endless spending, but worried that these endless promises, with no credibility, will only serve to lose us the next general election.

Others are certain that a Jeremy victory is really a win for Cameron and Osborne, but don't know who is the best alternative to vote for.

I am supporting Liz Kendall and will give her my first preference. But polling data is brutally clear: the big question is whether Andy Burnham or Yvette Cooper will face Jeremy in the final round of this election.

Andy can win. He can draw together support from across the party, motivated by his history of loyalty to the Labour movement, his passionate appeal for unity in fighting the Tories, and the findings of every poll of the general public in this campaign that he is best placed candidate to win the next general election.

Yvette, in contrast, would lose to Jeremy Corbyn and lose heavily. Evidence from data collected by all the campaigns – except (apparently) Yvette's own – shows this. All publicly available polling shows the same. If Andy drops out of the race, a large part of the broad coalition he attracts will vote for Jeremy. If Yvette is knocked out, her support firmly swings behind Andy.

We will all have our views about the different candidates, but the real choice for our country is between a Labour government and the ongoing rightwing agenda of the Tories.

I am in politics to make a real difference to the lives of my constituents. We are all in the Labour movement to get behind the beliefs that unite all in our party.

In the crucial choice we are making right now, I have no doubt that a vote for Jeremy would be the wrong choice – throwing away the next election, and with it hope for the next decade.

A vote for Yvette gets the same result – her defeat by Jeremy, and Jeremy's defeat to Cameron and Osborne.

In the crucial choice between Yvette and Andy, Andy will get my second preference so we can have the best hope of keeping the fight for our party alive, and the best hope for the future of our country too.

Tom Blenkinsop is the Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland