Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. Massacres are the inevitable result of foreign occupation (Guardian)

The latest slaughter in Afghanistan is part of a decade of savage civilian killing: until Nato leaves, it is certain to continue, says Seumas Milne.

2. This is the age of the 'Start the War' march (Times) (£)

The Kony 2012 campaign is easy to mock, but it shows that there is no longer such a thing as a faraway country, says Daniel Finkelstein.

3. Americans seem to be spending again - that's good news for us all (Independent)

Cameron goes to a country that is showing, week by week, more pluses than minuses on the economic front, says Hamish McRae.

4. How to be a better steward of our assets (Financial Times)

Britain has allowed ownership to become too monolithic, writes Will Hutton.

5. Sorry Cameron, but Air Force One is no place for a British prime minister (Guardian)

While David Cameron enjoys some portentous posing in Obama's jet, mice gnaw at the fabric of his government, writes Simon Jenkins.

6. Words alone won't uphold marriage (Daily Mail)

The Tories' long-promised tax allowances for married couples seem no closer to materialising, notes a Daily Mail editorial.

7. Our folly is to think of houses as dreams, not places to live in (Independent)

Some people think that if they made money through their home they earned it, writes Christina Patterson.

8. The European court of human rights needs these British reforms (Guardian)

The Strasbourg court is in a mess, says Anthony Lester. It doesn't help human rights to damn our eminently sensible reforms as reactionary.

9. A patched-up peace is all we can hope for (Daily Mail)

Once the coalition forces are out, Afghanistan will revert to its normal form of regional conflict, the northern tribes in rivalry with southern, says Andrew Alexander.

10. Nigel Lawson, Terry Jones and the attraction of the older man (Daily Telegraph)

To a woman 'with a history of dating older men', the mature alpha male has a certain allure, writes Petronella Wyatt.

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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.