Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. The bombing continues until Gaddafi goes (Times) (£)

David Cameron, Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy write that the Libyan leader will make his country a pariah state. To leave him in power would be an unconscionable betrayal.

2. Forty nations made a pact on Libya – now they have to act on it (Daily Telegraph)

The main burden of the military effort in Libya is falling on just two of the 40 or so countries involved in the Nato mission, writes Con Coughlin.

3. Obama's fightback has begun (Financial Times)

The Republicans can scarcely contain their glee that the president has entered the 2012 election campaign championing tax hikes, writes Simon Schama.

4. This royal frenzy should embarrass us all (Independent)

Johann Hari maintains that republicans are not the Grinch, trying to ruin the "big day" for William and Kate: they are proposing a positive vision.

5. Labour must change its tune to the new blues (Times) (£)

An embryonic alliance between the party's co-operative roots and its Blairite rump could be its way back to power, says Philip Collins.

6. Policing demonstrations: grounds for protest (Guardian)

It is increasingly clear that something had gone badly awry with the Met's handling of protests in 2009, says an editorial.

7. Cameron's cynical and disappointing approach to immigration (Independent)

A leading article argues that the true objective of the speech was to shore up Tory support ahead of next month's local elections.

8. Talking tough (Times) (£)

The apparent schism in the coalition over immigration is more tactical than real, says this leading article.

9. The IMF needs to find its voice again (Financial Times)

The old consensus against capital controls was not mere dogma. Most of the time they don't work, argues Sebastian Mallaby.

10. The banks needed Scarman's cold eye, but Vickers blinked (Guardian)

The report on Britain's inner-city riots 30 years ago changed police behaviour, says Martin Kettle. Today's Vickers commission on banking makes proposals to fit our timorous times.

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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.