Morning Call: pick of the papers
The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.
1. These tax scams are all legal – that's morally repugnant (Guardian)
Cameron and Osborne thunder about the likes of Jimmy Carr, but seem terrified of upsetting the rich or closing tax havens, writes Simon Jenkins.
2. Can you live a good life on 40 grand a year? (Times) (£)
We call the super-rich’s billions silly money because it’s silly to have so much, writes Philip Collins. We must work harder at sharing it out.
3. Soulless workplaces are self-defeating for the boss class, too (Independent)
More than 22 million working days are lost each year to work-related stress and depression, writes Owen Jones.
4. Latvia is no model for an austerity drive (Financial Times)
Neoliberal policy has not been a success, write Michael Hudson and Jeffrey Sommers.
5. Housing is hanging off its hinges. Could Labour fix it? (Guardian)
It's no good leaving it to the market – regulation is urgently required to banish the culture of house-price gambling, says Polly Toynbee.
6. Britain’s tax system is the real villain of the Jimmy Carr case (Daily Telegraph)
Cameron said Jimmy Carr's tax arrangements were morally wrong, but instead of lecturing others, politicians should fix the mess they’ve made, writes Fraser Nelson.
7. At last, a politician who's brave enough to tell the truth (Daily Mail)
Gove might might well be the kind of leader that the Conservative Party chooses and the nation craves, writes Tim Montgomerie.
8. Labour's cowardice on immigration is sickening (Independent)
These clunking steps are even worse from a man who makes such play out of being the child of refugees, says Ian Birrell.
9. More reason than ever to reform the Lords (Independent)
An unelected second chamber is an anachronism indefensible in a modern democracy, argues an Independent leader.
10. Cut adrift between America and Europe (Financial Times)
In this eternal triangle, the alliance with Washington rests on the leverage Britain exercises on its own continent, says Philip Stephens.
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