Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. Hague is wrong: we must own up to our brutal colonial past (Independent)

We associate the term "concentration camps" with the Nazis, writes Owen Jones. But it started with the British.

2. Zadie Smith is right: lives needn't have limits in a country as rich as ours (Guardian)

Be it libraries, swimming pools or playing fields, relatively small things can have a huge impact on inequality, writes Lynsey Hanley.

3. Back to the Future for Obama in Charlotte (Financial Times)

If the president wins a second term he will be stymied in most of his agenda, says Edward Luce.

4. A beautiful nation is placing its head in the Brussels noose (Daily Telegraph)

Croatia has escaped one doomed federal structure – only to shackle itself to another, writes Boris Johnson.

5. Fuming over Frankie Boyle will not erase discrimination (Guardian)

Pseudo media storms over Frankie Boyle's Paralympics tweets obscure real issues about people's rights, wealth and power, says John Harris.

6. The Left are the good guys? Give me a break (Times) (£)

Barack Obama and the Democrats like to claim the moral high ground, writes Tim Montgomerie. Their record tells a different story.

7. A final warning that the Pope ignores at his peril (Independent)

The rest of the Catholic hierarchy is afraid of its authoritarian leader, and seems unwilling even to question, let alone oppose, his hard-line views, notes an Independent leader.

8. Prove you’re a man not a mouse, Dave (Sun)

Unless the Prime Minister refloats his sinking ship, he will see Labour back in power — with Lib Dems scrambling to climb aboard, says Trevor Kavanagh.

9. Cameron and Clegg are too weak for a major reshuffle (Guardian)

One slip and the whole coalition edifice will fall, writes Jackie Ashley. And any policy shift towards growth will simply imitate Labour.

10. Labour must restore economic credibility (Financial Times)

The UK left needs a period of "bold, persistent experimentation", writes Patrick Diamond.

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Andy Burnham's full speech on attack: "Manchester is waking up to the most difficult of dawns"

"We are grieving today, but we are strong."

Following Monday night's terror attack on an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena, newly elected mayor of the city Andy Burnham, gave a speech outside Manchester Town Hall on Tuesday morning, the full text of which is below: 

After our darkest of nights, Manchester is today waking up to the most difficult of dawns. 

It’s hard to believe what has happened here in the last few hours and to put into words the shock, anger and hurt that we feel today.

These were children, young people and their families that those responsible chose to terrorise and kill.

This was an evil act. Our first thoughts are with the families of those killed and injured. And we will do whatever we can to support them.

We are grieving today, but we are strong. Today it will be business as usual as far as possible in our great city.

I want to thank the hundreds of police, fire and ambulance staff who worked throughout the night in the most difficult circumstances imaginable.

We have had messages of support from cities around the country and across the world, and we want to thank them for that.

But lastly I wanted to thank the people of Manchester. Even in the minute after the attack, they opened their doors to strangers and drove them away from danger.

They gave the best possible immediate response to those who seek to divide us and it will be that spirit of Manchester that will prevail and hold us together.

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