Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. Can Ed Miliband find an antidote to the politics of fear and loathing? (Daily Telegraph)

The blood spilt in Arizona is a grim reminder of what can happen when the voters lose faith, writes Mary Riddell.

2. Bed of roses? Or sleeping with the enemy? (Times) (£)

Listing their hits, pitching their policies, the Lib Dems are drifting away. Rachel Sylvester argues that Oldham could be the tipping point.

3. So, Simon Hughes, what would it take for you to walk away? (Guardian)

After a heated row with Hughes on the telephone, Polly Toynbee is still mystified why he defends coalition policy.

4. Labour's profligacy is a myth that Miliband must debunk (Independent)

Cameron, Osborne and Clegg have placed their every move in the context of an apparently bleak inheritance. Steve Richards argues that Labour must counter this myth.

5. Paranoia disfigures the Tea Party (Financial Times)

Gideon Rachman suggests that the radical right has fuelled the rage and paranoia of US political debate.

6. A new opening in Afghanistan's theatre of war (Times) (£)

Ben Macintyre discusses a fringe play, transferring from London to the Pentagon, which will teach soldiers that their enemy's history is their own.

7. The rich will reap none of the pain and all of the gain of Kenneth Clarke's legal aid cuts (Guardian)

To understand the government's phoney war on fat-cat lawyers, don't just look at the victims, says George Monbiot – look at the beneficiaries.

8. A Pakistan in mourning will not be silenced (Financial Times)

Those who have sounded the death knell for liberalism have been too hasty, writes Fatima Bhutto.

9. We're sorry, but Heathrow did all it could (Times) (£)

Airports everywhere were hit by snow, says Colin Matthews, chief executive of BAA – but he promises that the lessons of December's disruption will be learned.

10. The fallacy of Osbornomics (Guardian)

John Ross points out that the Tories claim deficit reduction is the urgent task when it was already falling without cuts in public spending.

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This is no time for a coup against a successful Labour leader

Don't blame Jeremy Corbyn for the Labour Party's crisis.

"The people who are sovereign in our party are the members," said John McDonnell this morning. As the coup against Jeremy Corbyn gains pace, the Shadow Chancellor has been talking a lot of sense. "It is time for people to come together to work in the interest of the country," he told Peston on Sunday, while emphasising that people will quickly lose trust in politics altogether if this internal squabbling continues. 

The Tory party is in complete disarray. Just days ago, the first Tory leader in 23 years to win a majority for his party was forced to resign from Government after just over a year in charge. We have some form of caretaker Government. Those who led the Brexit campaign now have no idea what to do. 

It is disappointing that a handful of Labour parliamentarians have decided to join in with the disintegration of British politics.

The Labour Party had the opportunity to keep its head while all about it lost theirs. It could have positioned itself as a credible alternative to a broken Government and a Tory party in chaos. Instead we have been left with a pathetic attempt to overturn the democratic will of the membership. 

But this has been coming for some time. In my opinion it has very little to do with the ramifications of the referendum result. Jeremy Corbyn was asked to do two things throughout the campaign: first, get Labour voters to side with Remain, and second, get young people to do the same.

Nearly seven in ten Labour supporters backed Remain. Young voters supported Remain by a 4:1 margin. This is about much more than an allegedly half-hearted referendum performance.

The Parliamentary Labour Party has failed to come to terms with Jeremy Corbyn’s emphatic victory. In September of last year he was elected with 59.5 per cent of the vote, some 170,000 ahead of his closest rival. It is a fact worth repeating. If another Labour leadership election were to be called I would expect Jeremy Corbyn to win by a similar margin.

In the recent local elections Jeremy managed to increase Labour’s share of the national vote on the 2015 general election. They said he would lose every by-election. He has won them emphatically. Time and time again Jeremy has exceeded expectation while also having to deal with an embittered wing within his own party.

This is no time for a leadership coup. I am dumbfounded by the attempt to remove Jeremy. The only thing that will come out of this attempted coup is another leadership election that Jeremy will win. Those opposed to him will then find themselves back at square one. Such moves only hurt Labour’s electoral chances. Labour could be offering an ambitious plan to the country concerning our current relationship with Europe, if opponents of Jeremy Corbyn hadn't decided to drop a nuke on the party.

This is a crisis Jeremy should take no responsibility for. The "bitterites" will try and they will fail. Corbyn may face a crisis of confidence. But it's the handful of rebel Labour MPs that have forced the party into a crisis of existence.

Liam Young is a commentator for the IndependentNew Statesman, Mirror and others.