Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. Struggling with a great contraction (Financial Times)

The risk is not of a double dip recession because this one has never ended, writes Martin Wolf.

2. Why wait for politicians to oust foreign tyrants? Every one of us can do our bit (Guardian)

Governments bomb despots, or do nothing, writes Jonathan Freedland. It is time to explore the alternatives.

3. Take cover: a financial hurricane is blowing in (Times) (£)

The end of summer is a dangerous economic time, writes Anatole Kaletsky. The next four weeks will show if the global economy is sinking.

4. Any delay to reform would represent fiscal recklessness (Independent)

One of the greatest threats to the economic recovery is a reckless banking sector, says Ben Chu.

5. Tell the truth: Scotland has been indulged for too long (Daily Telegraph)

The nation that always seems to be asking for more should start giving something back, says John McTernan.

6. Choker of the Exchequer George Osborne is the Government's weakest link (Daily Mirror)

Rioting came and went, but Osborne's disastrous economic policies remain with us, writes Kevin Maguire.

7. Who wants responsibility for healthcare delivery? Not Andrew Lansley (Guardian)

The health secretary can't claim the NHS is safe in his hands now direct responsibility for it has been taken out of them, says Alan Maynard

8. Britain has too few homes for sale (Daily Telegraph)

Our shortage of housing is good for rich foreigners and buy-to-let landlords, but bad for young adults - and even their parents, writes Ed Howker.

9. The new Libya needs Britain to give, not take (Daily Telegraph)

The best reward for our role in deposing Muammar Gaddafi would be stability in the North African state, says Malcolm Rifkind.

10. Apple minus its genius will be less lovable (Financial Times)

Steve Jobs could ignore vulgar consensus, take risks and kill projects because it was indisputably his company, writes Jason Pontin.

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Quiz: Can you identify fake news?

The furore around "fake" news shows no sign of abating. Can you spot what's real and what's not?

Hillary Clinton has spoken out today to warn about the fake news epidemic sweeping the world. Clinton went as far as to say that "lives are at risk" from fake news, the day after Pope Francis compared reading fake news to eating poop. (Side note: with real news like that, who needs the fake stuff?)

The sweeping distrust in fake news has caused some confusion, however, as many are unsure about how to actually tell the reals and the fakes apart. Short from seeing whether the logo will scratch off and asking the man from the market where he got it from, how can you really identify fake news? Take our test to see whether you have all the answers.



In all seriousness, many claim that identifying fake news is a simple matter of checking the source and disbelieving anything "too good to be true". Unfortunately, however, fake news outlets post real stories too, and real news outlets often slip up and publish the fakes. Use fact-checking websites like Snopes to really get to the bottom of a story, and always do a quick Google before you share anything. 

Amelia Tait is a technology and digital culture writer at the New Statesman.