CommentPlus: pick of the papers

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

1. Why don't we love David Cameron? (Sunday Telegraph)

...asks Janet Daley. By making his party unthreatening, inoffensive and un-nasty, Cameron may not be malignant, but neither is he magnetic.

2. Can't pull the wool over our eyes, Ed (Sunday Times) (£)

While Nick Clegg is "hanging tough" and proving himself the real heir to Blair, Ed Miliband is just a woolly liberal, writes Martine Ivens.

3. Ed Miliband is simply Gordon 2.0 (Sunday Telegraph)

Tony Blair really understood Mondeo Man, while Gordon Brown knew that he needed to sound like he did. In that, and in many other senses, Ed Miliband is much more like the latter than the former, says Matthew D'Ancona.

4. Two-tribe politics is over. But the likes of John Prescott can't see it (Observer)

Look at the opponents of electoral reform and all bar William Hague come from another age, writes Andrew Rawnsley.

5. Cancun: Where's green Dave now? (Independent on Sunday)

He may have talked a good game in opposition but David Cameron's apparent "green amnesia" exposes him as an opportunist, according to today's leader column.

6. Welfare does encourage "breeding" (Sunday Times) (£)

Howard Flight may have chosen the wrong words, says Minette Marrin, but there is evidence that tax and benefits influence the number of children people choose to have.

7. What exactly is the benefit of Howard Flight? (Observer)

Meanwhile, Babara Ellen says Flight's remarks should cause offence to all right-thinking people.

8. The long race to challenge Obama begins (Independent on Sunday)

This Thanksgiving weekend marks the start of the 2012 presidential campaign, notes Rupert Cornwell.

9. Obama conjured up the Palin whirlwind (Sunday Times) (£)

Meanwhile, Andrew Sullivan says it was Barack Obama who set the model for Sarah Palin's rise that sees her on the brink of a presidential run. Why? Because Obama came out of nowhere, too.

10. Without libraries, we will lose a mark of our civilisation (Observer)

Closing 250 libraries around the country will do great damage to our communities, argues Catherine Bennett.

 

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Labour to strip "abusive" registered supporters of their vote in the leadership contest

The party is asking members to report intimidating behaviour - but is vague about what this entails. 

Labour already considered blocking social media users who describe others as "scab" and "scum" from applying to vote. Now it is asking members to report abuse directly - and the punishment is equally harsh. 

Registered and affiliated supporters will lose their vote if found to be engaging in abusive behaviour, while full members could be suspended. 

Labour general secretary Iain McNicol said: “The Labour Party should be the home of lively debate, of new ideas and of campaigns to change society.

“However, for a fair debate to take place, people must be able to air their views in an atmosphere of respect. They shouldn’t be shouted down, they shouldn’t be intimidated and they shouldn’t be abused, either in meetings or online.

“Put plainly, there is simply too much of it taking place and it needs to stop."

Anyone who comes across abusive behaviour is being encouraged to email validation@labour.org.uk.

Since the bulk of Labour MPs decided to oppose Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, supporters of both camps have traded insults on social media and at constituency Labour party gatherings, leading the party to suspend most meetings until after the election. 

In a more ominous sign of intimidation, a brick was thrown through the window of Corbyn challenger Angela Eagle's constituency office. 

McNicol said condemning such "appalling" behaviour was meaningless unless backed up by action: “I want to be clear, if you are a member and you engage in abusive behaviour towards other members it will be investigated and you could be suspended while that investigation is carried out. 

“If you are a registered supporter or affiliated supporter and you engage in abusive behaviour you will not get a vote in this leadership election."

What does abusive behaviour actually mean?

The question many irate social media users will be asking is, what do you mean by abusive? 

A leaked report from Labour's National Executive Committee condemned the word "traitor" as well as "scum" and "scab". A Labour spokeswoman directed The Staggers to the Labour website's leadership election page, but this merely stated that "any racist, abusive or foul language or behaviour at meetings, on social media or in any other context" will be dealt with. 

But with emotions running high, and trust already so low between rival supporters, such vague language is going to provide little confidence in the election process.