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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All 27 things wrong with today’s Daily Mail front cover

Where do I even start?

Hello. Have you seen today’s Daily Mail cover? It is wrong. Very wrong. So wrong that if you have seen today’s Daily Mail cover, you no doubt immediately turned to the person nearest to you to ask: “Have you seen today’s Daily Mail cover? It is wrong.”

But just how wrong is the wrong Mail cover? Let me count the ways.

  1. Why does it say “web” and not “the web”?
  2. Perhaps they were looking on a spider’s web and to be honest that makes more sense because
  3. How does it take TWO MINUTES to use a search engine to find out that cars can kill people?
  4. Are the Mail team like your Year 8 Geography teacher, stuck in an infinite loop of typing G o o g l e . c o m into the Google search bar, the search bar that they could’ve just used to search for the thing they want?
  5. And then when they finally typed G o o g l e . c o m, did they laboriously fill in their search term and drag the cursor to click “Search” instead of just pressing Enter?
  6. The Daily Mail just won Newspaper of the Year at the Press Awards
  7. Are the Daily Mail – Newspaper of the Year – saying that Google should be banned?
  8. If so, do they think we should ban libraries, primary education, and the written word?
  9. Sadly, we know the answer to this
  10. Google – the greatest source of information in the history of human civilisation – is not a friend to terrorists; it is a friend to teachers, doctors, students, journalists, and teenage girls who aren’t quite sure how to put a tampon in for the first time
  11. Upon first look, this cover seemed so obviously, very clearly fake
  12. Yet it’s not fake
  13. It’s real
  14. More than Google, the Mail are aiding terrorists by pointing out how to find “manuals” online
  15. While subsets of Google (most notably AdSense) can be legitimately criticised for profiting from terrorism, the Mail is specifically going at Google dot com
  16. Again, do they want to ban Google dot com?
  17. Do they want to ban cars?
  18. Do they want to ban search results about cars?
  19. Because if so, where will that one guy from primary school get his latest profile picture from?
  20. Are they suggesting we use Bing?
  21. Why are they, once again, focusing on the perpetrator instead of the victims?
  22. The Mail is 65p
  23. It is hard to believe that there is a single person alive, Mail reader or not, that can agree with this headline
  24. Three people wrote this article
  25. Three people took two minutes to find out cars can drive into people
  26. Trees had to die for this to be printed
  27. It is the front cover of the Mail

Amelia Tait is a technology and digital culture writer at the New Statesman.