Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. Never mind all those badgers – we’ve got to save the Cleggster (Daily Telegraph)

The Deputy PM may be copping the flak, but think where the Tories would be without him, says Boris Johnson.

2. Sweary biker's decision (Sun)

Andrew Mitchell has a choice, says Trevor Kavanagh. He must sue the police for defamation – or resign.

3. Mitt Romney is too rational for a deluded Republican base (Guardian)

The real surprise is that someone as plausible as him has lasted this long in a party so extreme and eccentric, says Gary Younge.

4. Come on you local councillors. Resist these cuts! (Independent)

Councils across Britain will soon by unable to deliver statutory services, writes Owen Jones. Managing the misery isn't good enough. Local councillors must take action.

5. The US economy is still in a sorry state (Financial Times)

It requires optimism at this stage to believe the patient is about to arise and go for a jog, writes Edward Luce.

6. Justice and security bill: this is a dangerous, spurious law (Guardian)

Liberal Democrats at their conference must vote to reject the shameful, self-serving, spook-authored bill, argues Shami Chakrabarti.

7. How Mitt Romney's throwing away the keys to the White House (Daily Mail)

The British interest will be better served by the incumbent, not the novice, says former US ambassador Christopher Meyer.

8. Only Tolstoy’s two warriors can cut the UK’s debt (Financial Times)

It takes time and patience to reduce indebtedness, writes Norman Lamont.

9. Michael Gove has not been radical enough (Times) (£)

The English Baccalaureate proposals still leave young people specialising too early, says Peter Lampl.

10. Where’s the ‘freedom’ in the freedom to abuse? (Independent)

In good societies there have to be curbs on what can be said, argues Yasmin Alibhai-Brown. Sometimes freedom has to give way.

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What did Jeremy Corbyn really say about Bin Laden?

He's been critiqued for calling Bin Laden's death a "tragedy". But what did Jeremy Corbyn really say?

Jeremy Corbyn is under fire for describing Bin Laden’s death as a “tragedy” in the Sun, but what did the Labour leadership frontrunner really say?

In remarks made to Press TV, the state-backed Iranian broadcaster, the Islington North MP said:

“This was an assassination attempt, and is yet another tragedy, upon a tragedy, upon a tragedy. The World Trade Center was a tragedy, the attack on Afghanistan was a tragedy, the war in Iraq was a tragedy. Tens of thousands of people have died.”

He also added that it was his preference that Osama Bin Laden be put on trial, a view shared by, among other people, Barack Obama and Boris Johnson.

Although Andy Burnham, one of Corbyn’s rivals for the leadership, will later today claim that “there is everything to play for” in the contest, with “tens of thousands still to vote”, the row is unlikely to harm Corbyn’s chances of becoming Labour leader. 

Stephen Bush is editor of the Staggers, the New Statesman’s political blog.