CommentPlus: pick of the papers

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

1. Radical? Hardly. But Cameron is so much more than Blair reincarnated (Guardian)

The Queen's Speech may cleanse only the most fouled stables in the Labour camp. However, says Simon Jenkins, David Cameron has proved an original political personality.

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2. A liberal but fragile legislative agenda (Independent)

The agenda unveiled yesterday is generally a liberal and progressive legislative programme, says the leading article. But it is the state of the wider economy that will make the political weather.

3. It's Lehman the sequel, with Merkel as Bush (Times)

The big lesson of the financial crisis was that no bank must be allowed to fail, says Anatole Kaletsky. The same now applies to Greece.

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4. The collapse of the euro would open the door to democracy (Daily Telegraph)

The European project has been shown to be economically and politically bankrupt, writes Simon Heffer. European economies are struggling because of bad and indulgent decisions by governments.

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5. The grasshoppers and the ants -- a modern fable (Financial Times)

Today's global economy is more complex than Aesop could have imagined, says Martin Wolf. What is the moral of this fable? If you want to accumulate enduring wealth, do not lend to grasshoppers.

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6. The new politics needs a realignment of the mind. It needs Caroline Lucas (Guardian)

David Marquand argues that tarted-up neoliberalism won't cut it. The great question of our time isn't the deficit, but halting the capitalist merry-go-round.

7. It's risky, but this time North Korea must pay (Times)

Seoul has abandoned hope of taming its neighbour with its "sunshine policy" of aid and economic co-operation, says Rosemary Righter. Now, its rhetoric and defences are hardening.

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8. Towards a new ethics of nature (Financial Times)

Paul Collier writes that natural assets are valuable, and vulnerable. Unfortunately, nature has been moralised before it has been analysed, but our obligation should be to pass on equivalent value for the assets we deplete.

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9. Labour's leadership candidates are all against the war now (Independent)

The comedian Mark Steel points out that there's an honourable tradition in the Labour Party of bravely standing against an unjust war -- as long as the war ended several years ago.

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10. The Caribbean's necessary conflict (Times)

The leading article maintains that Jamaica is right to attempt to extradite the alleged druglord Christopher Coke, but that won't solve the crisis. After a 40-year "war on drugs" that it has not won, the US should take more care to study the world's clear successes -- and failures.

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Tony Blair won't endorse the Labour leader - Jeremy Corbyn's fans are celebrating

The thrice-elected Prime Minister is no fan of the new Labour leader. 

Labour heavyweights usually support each other - at least in public. But the former Prime Minister Tony Blair couldn't bring himself to do so when asked on Sky News.

He dodged the question of whether the current Labour leader was the best person to lead the country, instead urging voters not to give Theresa May a "blank cheque". 

If this seems shocking, it's worth remembering that Corbyn refused to say whether he would pick "Trotskyism or Blairism" during the Labour leadership campaign. Corbyn was after all behind the Stop the War Coalition, which opposed Blair's decision to join the invasion of Iraq. 

For some Corbyn supporters, it seems that there couldn't be a greater boon than the thrice-elected PM witholding his endorsement in a critical general election. 

Julia Rampen is the digital news editor of the New Statesman (previously editor of The Staggers, The New Statesman's online rolling politics blog). She has also been deputy editor at Mirror Money Online and has worked as a financial journalist for several trade magazines. 

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