CommentPlus: pick of the papers

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

1. Now "Honest Vince" plays fast and loose (Financial Times)

Vince Cable may be the people's choice for chancellor, but his tax plan is misleading the voters, says Philip Stephens. Only about 6 or 7 per cent of Cable's £16bn income-tax cut would go to the poorest 10 per cent.

2. For the incredible Mr Osborne this may be a zigzag too far (Guardian)

Meanwhile, Polly Toynbee argues that George Osborne will come to regret his extraordinary tax-cut promise. Few voters will believe that he can cut taxes and the deficit at the same time.

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3. Care for the elderly affects us all, and Labour would handle it best after the general election (Daily Telegraph)

Labour's plan for a national care service is a reminder of what politics is for, writes Mary Riddell. But the Tories, committed to an inheritance-tax cut for the richest estates, show no sign of favouring equality in old age.

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4. And I thought the Tories had changed (Independent)

The Tories' inconsistency exposes their lack of principle, writes Steve Richards. The party's latest, rushed tax plan compounds the sense of amateurishness around the leadership.

5. Tories are still failing the Bridget Jones test (Times)

Elsewhere, Rachel Sylvester says voters still feel that Labour represents their values better than the Conservaitves. The recession, which forced the Tories to call for austerity and public spending cuts, has damaged them more than Labour.

6. The euro's big fat failed wedding (Financial Times)

The euro increasingly resembles an unhappy marriage between incompatible partners, writes Gideon Rachman. The old European currencies may be less obsolete than we thought.

7. Why do our paranoid, anti-fun police seem to think they run the country? (Guardian)

The police disrupt peaceful festivals for no obvious purpose other than to spoil people's fun, writes George Monbiot. We need to reassert the right to gather in public spaces.

8. Winston Churchill: an unlikely adviser in the Afghan conflict (Times)

General Stanley McChrystal, commander of US and Nato forces in Afghanistan, is right to return to Churchill's writings for guidance, writes Ben Macintyre.

9. If we're well, we simply don't need medicine (Daily Telegraph)

Pharmaceutical companies are cynically fuelling the demand for "lifestyle drugs", argues James Le Fanu.

10. When authority goes AWOL, savagery fills the gap (Independent)

The tragic murder of Sofyen Belamouadden proves the need to provide proper policing of transport hubs, writes Mary Dejevsky.

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Donald Trump vs Barack Obama: How the inauguration speeches compared

We compared the two presidents on trade, foreign affairs and climate change – so you (really, really) don't have to.

After watching Donald Trump's inaugural address, what better way to get rid of the last few dregs of hope than by comparing what he said with Barack Obama's address from 2009? 

Both thanked the previous President, with Trump calling the Obamas "magnificent", and pledged to reform Washington, but the comparison ended there. 

Here is what each of them said: 

On American jobs

Obama:

The state of our economy calls for action, bold and swift.  And we will act, not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth.  We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together.  We'll restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost.  We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories.  And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age.

Trump:

For many decades we've enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry, subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military.

One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores with not even a thought about the millions and millions of American workers that were left behind.

Obama had a plan for growth. Trump just blames the rest of the world...

On global warming

Obama:

With old friends and former foes, we'll work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet.

Trump:

On the Middle East:

Obama:

To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West, know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. 

Trump:

We will re-enforce old alliances and form new ones and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth.

On “greatness”

Obama:

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned.

Trump:

America will start winning again, winning like never before.

 

On trade

Obama:

This is the journey we continue today.  We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth.  Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began.  Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week, or last month, or last year.  Our capacity remains undiminished.  

Trump:

We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our product, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs.

Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength. I will fight for you with every breath in my body, and I will never ever let you down.

Stephanie Boland is digital assistant at the New Statesman. She tweets at @stephanieboland