Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. Wisconsin is making the battle lines clear in America's hidden class war (Guardian)

The brazen choices of the Republican governor show the real ideology behind the attacks on unions, writes Gary Younge.

2. I can't support the coalition plan for the NHS (Times) (£)

We should oppose the government's untried and disruptive reorganisation of the health service, argues Shirley Williams.

3. Insecurity is fuel for the far right's hate (Guardian)

The political mainstream needs more convincing responses to the far right, says David Miliband.

4. AV was a last gasp from Gordon Brown's bunker – and it's a gigantic fraud (Daily Telegraph)

We would be mad to adopt an electoral system that is less fair than the one we already have, writes Boris Johnson.

5. How can we be so blindly stupid as to sell arms to despots then bleat about democracy? (Daily Mail)

We should never have sold weapons to the appalling Muammar al-Gaddafi, says Stephen Glover.

6. Nobody likes quotas, but they work (Independent)

Good intentions are all very well, but the progress they achieve is achingly slow, writes Mary Ann Sieghart.

7. Female quotas would target the wrong women (Financial Times)

Elsewhere, Lucy Kellaway says that the debate about women's representation shouldn't be about the boardroom at all.

8. The coalition has sneaked a coup on a sleeping public (Guardian)

The government is speeding ahead with its project to remodel British society without any regard for what it told voters last year, writes John Harris.

9. Our young Muslims must see what freedom means to Arabs (Independent)

The Arab spring should inspire the most sullen of our young British Muslims, says Yasmin Alibhai-Brown.

10. No-fly zone will help stop Gaddafi's carnage (Financial Times)

Military options can't be excluded in extreme cases such as Libya, writes Gareth Evans.

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David Cameron calls Sadiq Khan a “proud Muslim” – after trying to link him to Islamic extremism

The PM has his best flipflops on.

After months of backing the nasty racial politics of the Tory mayoral campaign, the Prime Minister has taken the bold move of sharing a platform with infamous moderate Sadiq Khan on the EU Remain campaign trail. Quite a spectacular about-turn.

Compare and contrast, readers.

David Cameron, 20 April 2016

“If we are going to condemn not just violent extremism, but also the extremism that seeks to justify violence in any way, it is very important that we do not back these people, and we do not appear on platforms with them. And I have to say, I am concerned about Labour’s candidate for Mayor of London, who has appeared again and again and again . . . The Honourable Member for Tooting has appeared on a platform with him [imam Suliman Gani] nine times. This man supports IS.”

David Cameron, 30 May 2016

“Let me first of all congratulate Sadiq on his victory. He talked about his father. He’s the son of a bus driver. I’m the son of a stockbroker, which is not quite so romantic. But he makes an important point about our country. In one generation someone who’s a proud Muslim, a proud Brit and a proud Londoner can become mayor of the greatest city on Earth. That says something about our country. There are still glass ceilings we have got to smash. There’s still discrimination we have got to fight.”

What a difference a month makes, eh?

I'm a mole, innit.