Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. Can eagle-eyed Liz stop Dave dropping another shuttlecock? (Mail on Sunday)
It's been a terrible week for staying on message in the Tory party, writes James Forsyth

2. Our extradition treaty is plainly unjust (Independent on Sunday)
The number of British citizens in US jails shows how lopsided is the current arrangement between this country and America, says Paul Vallely

3. Don't dally, I want big money out of politics fast (The Sunday Times £)
Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg is in charge of cleaning up party funding in Britain -- and he won't tolerate any slacking

4. A win that has made fools of us all (Independent on Sunday)
Politicians and journalists were both caught out by George Galloway's victory in Bradford West. We should get out more, says John Rentoul

5. It's two fingers to Westminster, but don't expect a revolution (Observer)
The shock Bradford West result is a symptom of a deeper and wider disaffection with the main parties, writes Andrew Rawnsley

6. Feed us porkies, PM, and you tax our trust (The Sunday Times £)
We're losing faith in the leadership of the Tory party, says Martin Ivens

7. How a crisis from the past fuelled the panic of today (The Sunday Telegraph)
The PM was determined to avoid a repeat of the chaos that paralysed the country under Blair, writes Matthew d'Ancona

8. What's the story of the next decade? The rebirth of Japan (Observer)
The country's urge to reset its business culture is a lesson to Britain in finding the way back to prosperity, says Will Hutton

9. There's a crisis of competence at the top of the Tory party (Sunday Telegraph)
Recent turbulence has drawn attention to the weaknesses of the No 10 operation, writes Iain Martin

10. Why nations fail (New York Times)
A fascinating new book explains who's up, who's down and why, writes Thomas Friedman

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Michael Gove definitely didn't betray anyone, says Michael Gove

What's a disagreement among friends?

Michael Gove is certainly not a traitor and he thinks Theresa May is absolutely the best leader of the Conservative party.

That's according to the cast out Brexiteer, who told the BBC's World At One life on the back benches has given him the opportunity to reflect on his mistakes. 

He described Boris Johnson, his one-time Leave ally before he decided to run against him for leader, as "phenomenally talented". 

Asked whether he had betrayed Johnson with his surprise leadership bid, Gove protested: "I wouldn't say I stabbed him in the back."

Instead, "while I intially thought Boris was the right person to be Prime Minister", he later came to the conclusion "he wasn't the right person to be Prime Minister at that point".

As for campaigning against the then-PM David Cameron, he declared: "I absolutely reject the idea of betrayal." Instead, it was a "disagreement" among friends: "Disagreement among friends is always painful."

Gove, who up to July had been a government minister since 2010, also found time to praise the person in charge of hiring government ministers, Theresa May. 

He said: "With the benefit of hindsight and the opportunity to spend some time on the backbenches reflecting on some of the mistakes I've made and some of the judgements I've made, I actually think that Theresa is the right leader at the right time. 

"I think that someone who took the position she did during the referendum is very well placed both to unite the party and lead these negotiations effectively."

Gove, who told The Times he was shocked when Cameron resigned after the Brexit vote, had backed Johnson for leader.

However, at the last minute he announced his candidacy, and caused an infuriated Johnson to pull his own campaign. Gove received just 14 per cent of the vote in the final contest, compared to 60.5 per cent for May. 


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