Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. Left and libertarian right cohabit in the weird world of the genocide belittlers (Guardian)

Many on the left are determined to dismiss the genocides in Bosnia and Rwanda, writes George Monbiot.

2. Why peace-loving Ed Miliband would be better off picking a few fights (Daily Telegraph)

Fear of repeating the TB-GBs has led the Labour leader to seek unity at any price, says Mary Riddell.

3. Tell us why it was worth stabbing your brother (Times) (£)

In the TV age voters see leaders through images, writes Rachel Sylvester. Ed Miliband is a blank screen desperately in need of definition.

4. Why Syria will get away with it (Financial Times)

A 20-year experiment with the idea that western military force can put the world to rights is coming to a close, says Gideon Rachman.

5. NHS shakeup review leaves big questions unanswered (Guardian)

Critical issues such as how to ensure quality of care and stop private hospitals cherry-picking patients are ignored in the report, says Christina McAnea.

6. I'm sorry, but there's precious little about Mr Cameron's government that's visibly Conservative (Daily Mail)

Cameron becomes strangely timid when important domestic reforms meet entrenched opposition, notes Stephen Glover.

7. Labour must own its past to build its future (Financial Times)

Anything interesting that Ed Miliband's party might have to say is drowned out by introspection and infighting, writes Philip Stephens.

8. NHS reforms: The Government is turning the clock back (Daily Telegraph)

David Cameron is going back on Kenneth Clarke's health reforms of 1991, writes Andrew Haldenby.

9. While the PM and his deputy jockey for credit, Labour is the real winner (Independent)

The amended health bill may not necessarily cure the coalition parties' ills, says Andrew Grice.

10. The debris of dodgy data (Guardian)

Too many journalists take the claims of politicians at face value instead of examining the statistics, writes Mark Damazer.

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Commons Confidential: Dave's picnic with Dacre

Revenge is a dish best served cold from a wicker hamper.

Sulking David Cameron can’t forgive the Daily Mail editor, Paul Dacre, for his role in his downfall. The unrelenting hostility of the self-appointed voice of Middle England to the Remain cause felt pivotal to the defeat. So, what a glorious coincidence it was that they found themselves picnicking a couple of motors apart before England beat Scotland at Twickenham. My snout recalled Cameron studiously peering in the opposite direction. On Dacre’s face was the smile of an assassin. Revenge is a dish best served cold from a wicker hamper.

The good news is that since Jeremy Corbyn let Theresa May off the Budget hook at Prime Minister’s Questions, most of his MPs no longer hate him. The bad news is that many now openly express their pity. It is whispered that Corbyn’s office made it clear that he didn’t wish to sit next to Tony Blair at the unveiling of the Iraq and Afghanistan war memorial in London. His desire for distance was probably reciprocated, as Comrade Corbyn wanted Brigadier Blair to be charged with war crimes. Fighting old battles is easier than beating the Tories.

Brexit is a ticket to travel. The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority is lifting its three-trip cap on funded journeys to Europe for MPs. The idea of paying for as many cross-Channel visits as a politician can enjoy reminds me of Denis MacShane. Under the old limits, he ended up in the clink for fiddling accounts to fund his Continental missionary work. If the new rule was applied retrospectively, perhaps the former Labour minister should be entitled to get his seat back and compensation?

The word in Ukip is that Paul Nuttall, OBE VC KG – the ridiculed former Premier League professional footballer and England 1966 World Cup winner – has cold feet after his Stoke mauling about standing in a by-election in Leigh (assuming that Andy Burnham is elected mayor of Greater Manchester in May). The electorate already knows his Walter Mitty act too well.

A senior Labour MP, who demanded anonymity, revealed that she had received a letter after Leicester’s Keith Vaz paid men to entertain him. Vaz had posed as Jim the washing machine man. Why, asked the complainant, wasn’t this second job listed in the register of members’ interests? She’s avoiding writing a reply.

Years ago, this column unearthed and ridiculed the early journalism of George Osborne, who must be the least qualified newspaper editor in history. The cabinet lackey Ben “Selwyn” Gummer’s feeble intervention in the Osborne debate has put him on our radar. We are now watching him and will be reporting back. My snouts are already unearthing interesting information.

Kevin Maguire is the associate editor (politics) of the Daily Mirror

Kevin Maguire is Associate Editor (Politics) on the Daily Mirror and author of our Commons Confidential column on the high politics and low life in Westminster. An award-winning journalist, he is in frequent demand on television and radio and co-authored a book on great parliamentary scandals. He was formerly Chief Reporter on the Guardian and Labour Correspondent on the Daily Telegraph.

This article first appeared in the 23 March 2017 issue of the New Statesman, Trump's permanent revolution