Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. Think again. In a few months it could be President Romney (Guardian)

Mitt Romney's lack of charm may not matter in this US election. America's economy needs this proven turnaround artist, argues Jonathan Freedland.

2. Take the bull by the horns. Leave the euro (Times) (£)

Spain is depressed, perhaps more spiritually than economically. But there is a way for Madrid to turn it around, says Matthew Parris.

3. London Metropolitan University is there to educate, not police (Guardian)

 

Since when did the survival of London Met, or any other university, depend on their ability to control the UK's borders, asks Nadine El-Enany.
 
 
Casting Mr Romney as Mister Moneybags is looking more like a mistake, writes Christopher Caldwell.
 
 
The Government's closure of so many Remploy factories is indefensible, argues Chris Bryant.
 
 
The world’s largest woman has been created in my backyard – and she shows how coal gave us room to enjoy leisure, says Matt Ridley.
 
 
New planning proposals have provoked an outcry from the public, Tory MPs and even some Cabinet ministers, argues Geoffrey Lean.
 
 
Those appointed at the bottom of the cycle tend to do well, writes John Gapper.
 
 
The gauche Nixon was elected. Twice. There’s no prohibitive reason Romney can’t do the same, says Rupert Cornwell.
 
 
Both British and US interests would be best served by a victory for Mitt Romney, writes Daniel Hannan.

 

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Labour MP Sarah Champion resigns over grooming gang piece in The Sun

The shadow equalities minister is standing down after her controversial article sparked accusations of racism.

Sarah Champion has resigned as shadow equalities minister over her incendiary article about grooming gangs in The Sun.

The Labour MP for Rotherham caused controversy by writing a piece about the Newcastle paedophile ring, which the tabloid headlined: "British Pakistanis ARE raping white girls... and we need to face up to it".

This sparked accusations of racism, including from figures in her own party. Naz Shah, the Labour MP for Bradford West, wrote in the Independent“Such an incendiary headline and article is not only irresponsible but is also setting a very dangerous precedent and must be challenged.”

Champion initially tried to distance herself from how the article was framed, claiming that the opening paragraphs were edited and "stripped of nuance". The paper, however, said her team approved the piece and were "thrilled" with it.

In her resignation statement, Champion apologised for causing offence: “I apologise for the offence caused by the extremely poor choice of words in the Sun article on Friday. I am concerned that my continued position in the shadow cabinet would distract from the crucial issues around child protection which I have campaigned on my entire political career.”

“It is therefore with regret that I tender my resignation as shadow secretary of state for women and equalities.”

In a comment decrying The Sun's general Islamophobia-inciting coverage, the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn warned against "attempts to brand communities or ethnic or religious groups, wittingly or unwittingly".

Anoosh Chakelian is senior writer at the New Statesman.