Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. David Cameron's speech fails to match the gravity of the times (Guardian)

The Conservative leader gave a butterfly speech to the party with a simple message: whatever has to be done, we'll do, writes Jonathan Freedland.

2. David Cameron's vision is about far more than deficit reduction (Daily Telegraph)

Family, welfare and education reforms give One Nation Tories hope for the future, says Graeme Archer.

3. May's wrong story hides the real rights issues (Times) (£)

The Human Rights Act needs reform but ignorant, populist speeches by ministers are a barrier to change, writes David Aaronovitch.

4. Epic times called for better than this (Independent)

Cameron sought to play the centrist's card, reassuring the many, challenging the few, says Steve Richards.

5. At times this sounded like a Labour leader's speech, Cameron needs to raise his game (Daily Mail)

Cameron's speech felt as if it was written many weeks ago, for delivery in 'normal' time, says Max Hastings.

6. In praise of Wall Street protesters (Financial Times)

In the face of political stasis in Congress, this is a perverse demonstration that people can get along and agree on things, says John Gapper.

7. Breezy optimism in the political bubble. Fear and loathing on Britain's streets (Guardian)

Outside the party conference halls the disconnect between politicians and the public has never been greater, writes John Harris.

8. A belligerent Bank has put purity before pragmatism (Financial Times)

The Treasury will do credit easing. The Bank will do quantitative easing. The result: delay, writes Chris Giles.

9. The class interests at the heart of David Cameron's plan (Guardian)

The Conservative party is effectively the political wing of the City of London. No wonder it can't lead Britain out of this crisis, says Seumas Milne.

10. Vladimir Putin is trying to take Russia back in time (Daily Telegraph)

The Russian prime minister's aim of recreating the zone of influence of the former Soviet Union in a 'Eurasian Union' is doomed to failure, says Alex Spillius.

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Tony Blair won't endorse the Labour leader - Jeremy Corbyn's fans are celebrating

The thrice-elected Prime Minister is no fan of the new Labour leader. 

Labour heavyweights usually support each other - at least in public. But the former Prime Minister Tony Blair couldn't bring himself to do so when asked on Sky News.

He dodged the question of whether the current Labour leader was the best person to lead the country, instead urging voters not to give Theresa May a "blank cheque". 

If this seems shocking, it's worth remembering that Corbyn refused to say whether he would pick "Trotskyism or Blairism" during the Labour leadership campaign. Corbyn was after all behind the Stop the War Coalition, which opposed Blair's decision to join the invasion of Iraq. 

For some Corbyn supporters, it seems that there couldn't be a greater boon than the thrice-elected PM witholding his endorsement in a critical general election. 

Julia Rampen is the digital news editor of the New Statesman (previously editor of The Staggers, The New Statesman's online rolling politics blog). She has also been deputy editor at Mirror Money Online and has worked as a financial journalist for several trade magazines. 

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