CommentPlus: pick of the papers

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

1. A two-faced coalition is hard to fight but Labour needs to find a way, quick (Guardian)

Jonathan Freedland offers some advice to Labour: the opposition can best do its job by getting over the Blair-Brown rift -- and nailing Conservative claims that it caused the present crisis.

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2. You remember Labour's downfall -- or do you? (Times)

Our recollection of political events is more fallible than we realise, says Daniel Finkelstein. Labour is winning the battle of narratives, and much depends on whether the party can keep it up.

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3. We have to plan for a bigger population (Independent)

The population is growing, says Hamish McRae, so we must plan for it both physically and socially. The first involves more spending on infrastructure; the second is to do with defining rights and responsibilities.

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4. The war on greed begins at the dinner table (Financial Times)

Max Hastings argues that our bankers would be rash to ignore public sentiment, which will make political intervention inevitable unless they accept a culture change.

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5. The prison system is too big to fail, and too big to succeed (Guardian)

Anne Owers, the retiring chief inspector of prisons, discusses the pressures on the system. With our correctional institutions overcrowded, resources have been sucked from the agencies that could prevent reoffending.

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6. My undemocratic survival plan for the euro (Times)

If Europe can avoid financial breakdown at the end of this month, the single currency will probably pull through, says Anatole Kaletsky. But only a full-scale federal Europe will keep it secure.

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7. Sarkozy's summer of scandal (Independent)

John Lichfield looks at the financial scandal engulfing Nicolas Sarkozy. He came to power promising to be a new kind of politician, but the French president is now beset by old-fashioned troubles. Can he survive?

8. Three years and new fault lines threaten (Financial Times)

Martin Wolf points out that the challenge of returning to stability after the financial crash while maintaining an open global economy is enormous. Leaders of the world's main economies must reform co-operatively and deeply.

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9. Is Google just the start? (Guardian)

As the global giant loses out in China, western firms fear the odds may be stacked against them. Isabel Hilton discusses the perception of a growing policy of state-led discrimination in favour of Chinese firms.

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10. Let's defend our way of life, not just our lives (Times)

Total safety is incompatible with an open society. The Conservative MP David Davis says that is why he can't support 28-day detention -- the longest in the civilised world.

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France to bulldoze Calais Jungle days after child refugees arrive in the UK

The camp houses thousands. 

Refugees and migrants in Calais began queuing up for buses this morning as the French authorities plan to demolish the "Jungle" camp.

But activists fear that, unless France significantly speeds up its asylum process, the displaced people will simply move to other camps along the northern French coast.

Meanwhile, the first children of Calais brought to the UK under the Dubs Amendment arrived at the weekend.

The camp known as the Jungle, in a wasteland by the port of Calais, is actually the latest manifestation in a series of camps established since 1999, when a French reception centre became too crowded.

However, it has swelled as a result of the refugee crisis, and attempts by residents to sneak onto lorries entering the Channel Tunnel have become daily occurences. The French authorities bulldozed part of it earlier this year.

Ahead of the latest demolishment, which is expected to happen on Tuesday, Clare Moseley, founder of Care4Calais, said: “In February this year over 50 per cent of the camp was demolished and yet six months later the camp is bigger than it has ever been before. 

"This is clear evidence that demolitions do not act as a deterrent.  The refugees come because they have no choice."

Future refugees will go to other camps with even less facilities, she warned.

The camp houses thousands of residents, but because of the authorities' unwillingness to legitimise it, there is no official presence. Instead, the residents must rely on volunteer aid services and have little means to stop intruders entering. 

Although conditions in the camp can be dire, residents have created a high street with basic tent shops and restaurants catering to the needs of its displaced population. Many of those in the camp say they are there because they hope to be reunited with family in Britain, or they have given up on ever being processed by the French authorities. 

After the UK government was pressurised into passing the Dubs Amendment, which provides sanctuary to unaccompanied child refugees, some children from the camp have arrived in the UK. The first group is reportedly mostly girls from Eritrea, who will be processed at a UK immigration centre.

One of the MPs crucial to ensuring the Dubs Amendment delivered, Stella Creasy, said many more still needed help. 

Children reunited with their families under the Dublin Convention arrived in the UK last week, although their arrival was overshadowed by a debate over age checks.  

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