Morning Call: pick of the papers
The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.
With elections for police commissioners on the horizon, the timing could hardly be worse for the Tories, says Steve Richards. Their new Chief Whip's job just got much harder.
2. Tax on wealth is true to Tory principles (Financial Times)
There is nothing Thatcherite about backing established wealth and there are not many votes in it, writes Janan Ganesh.
3. Osborne is sharpening his axe – but will Cameron let him use it? (Daily Telegraph)
Ministers wonder whether Cameron will be ready to defy those who insist that the economy cannot withstand any further reduction in demand, writes Benedict Brogan.
4. Mitt Romney and the myth of self-created millionaires (Guardian)
The parasitical ultra-rich often deny the role of others in the acquisition of their wealth – and even seek to punish them for it, says George Monbiot.
5. India is part of an upside-down world (Financial Times)
With more poor than Africa and more billionaires than Britain, the country is both rich and poor, writes Gideon Rachman.
6. Police v Mitchell: this looks a lot like revenge (Times) (£)
Regardless of who is right about ‘plebs’, just look at the track record of the police and you see the need for reform, says Hugo Rifkind.
7. This pleb jibe exposes the Tories' Flashman thinking (Guardian)
David Cameron and Andrew Mitchell rule for 'people like us', writes Polly Toynbee. The Lib Dems should never be complicit in their attacks on the poor.
8. The pensions revolution arriving by stealth (Daily Telegraph)
Half the country may not know it, but a huge change is coming in the way we pay for old age, says Philip Johnston.
9. The rich are paying their fair share (Independent)
The Lib Dems say we should tax the rich more, writes Dominic Lawson. But the numbers prove that would not address the real problem.
10. Hands off our homes (Guardian)
From London to the Lake District, the wealthy are buying properties they rarely use, writes Simon Hughes. Councils need powers to prevent this.