Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. Welfare cuts: Cameron's problem is that people are nicer than he thinks (Guardian)

Polly Toynbee predicts that when these welfare changes come into force, their savage effect will be seen -- and then the public mood will turn.

2. We need some tough love to get people off welfare and into Pret (Daily Telegraph)

Fraser Nelson argues that ministers should face down the Lords over benefit curbs -- the workers are on their side.

3. Ed's plan for Britain: be more like Germany (Times) (£)

Few took note of the Labour leader's speech on the crisis in capitalism, says Philip Collins. But its ideas would change our country.

4. Britain's reputation is in the dock over rendition (Independent)

Questions have been raised about the UK's line between decency and realpolitik, says this leading article.

5. Politics and the American language (Financial Times)

Orwell provides some of the best commentary for those interested in the Republican debates, says Gary Silverman.

6. Freedom is still flowering in the Arab Spring (Times) (£)

Violence and votes for Islamism are a setback but this was never a quick fix. William Hague reiterates that the coalition will do all it can to aid democracy.

7. 'Devo max' would make Scotland fiscally responsible -- why does Cameron oppose it? (Guardian)

Only a tribalistic craving for central control explains the prime minister's urge to defend the UK against Scottish autonomy, says Simon Jenkins.

8. An informal addition to the laws of physics -- don't work for Iran (Daily Telegraph)

The covert war behind the latest assassination in Tehran raises moral concerns, says Michael Burleigh.

9. This is not about 'bad apples'. This is the horror of war (Independent)

How many other abuses took place off camera, asks Robert Fisk.

10. The market still has no rivals (Financial Times)

Samuel Brittain argues that the central case for the competitive capitalist system is that it promotes both personal and political freedom.

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Lord Sainsbury pulls funding from Progress and other political causes

The longstanding Labour donor will no longer fund party political causes. 

Centrist Labour MPs face a funding gap for their ideas after the longstanding Labour donor Lord Sainsbury announced he will stop financing party political causes.

Sainsbury, who served as a New Labour minister and also donated to the Liberal Democrats, is instead concentrating on charitable causes. 

Lord Sainsbury funded the centrist organisation Progress, dubbed the “original Blairite pressure group”, which was founded in mid Nineties and provided the intellectual underpinnings of New Labour.

The former supermarket boss is understood to still fund Policy Network, an international thinktank headed by New Labour veteran Peter Mandelson.

He has also funded the Remain campaign group Britain Stronger in Europe. The latter reinvented itself as Open Britain after the Leave vote, and has campaigned for a softer Brexit. Its supporters include former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg and Labour's Chuka Umunna, and it now relies on grassroots funding.

Sainsbury said he wished to “hand the baton on to a new generation of donors” who supported progressive politics. 

Progress director Richard Angell said: “Progress is extremely grateful to Lord Sainsbury for the funding he has provided for over two decades. We always knew it would not last forever.”

The organisation has raised a third of its funding target from other donors, but is now appealing for financial support from Labour supporters. Its aims include “stopping a hard-left take over” of the Labour party and “renewing the ideas of the centre-left”. 

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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