Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. Angelina Jolie is right (Sunday Express)

It has long been known that rape is used as a weapon in war, an act that is part of a tactic rather than a consequence of conflict.

2. If Thatcher's revolution had truly saved us, why is Britain in such a mess today? (Observer)

The claims made for Mrs Thatcher's transformative powers are grossly exaggerated.

3. As the liberal sneers persist, who now speaks for the Essex man? (Sunday Times) (£)

Camilla Cavendish argues there is far less optimism for the would-be "self-made" Essex man now than in Thatcher's day.

4. Poverty food is the diet of choice. Our choice (Independent on Sunday)

The West may take a fancy to recipes inspired by the peasant life, but those compelled to eat that way would marvel at our plenty.

5. Margaret Thatcher is dead. But someone has reinvented her life (Observer)

So positive has been the media coverage of Baroness Thatcher's achievements, that I'm beginning to wonder if I imagined the entire 80s, writes Stuart Lee.

6. Thatcher's children have grown up. The world has changed since her time (Times) (£)

This generation of politicians has its own path to tread, says Michael Gove.

7. What it will take to break up Britain (Scotland on Sunday)

Iain McLean, Jim Gallagher and Guy Lodge preview their forthcoming book "Scotland's Choices".

8. Let's remember Maggie for what she really was ... a tragic failure (Mail on Sunday)

Peter Hitchens lets readers know why he is not "a worshipper at the Thatcher Shrine".

9. Margaret Thatcher - the dogged climber who pulled the ladder up (Independent on Sunday)

Baroness Thatcher did little to help less privileged women, believing the battle for women's rights had been won. She was talking about herself

10. Why David Cameron won't confront Ukip (Guardian)

The Tories, doing less well than they should be, are running scared of challenging what Nigel Farage's crew stands for.

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I believe only Yvette Cooper has the breadth of support to beat Jeremy Corbyn

All the recent polling suggests Andy Burnham is losing more votes than anyone else to Jeremy Corbyn, says Diana Johnson MP.

Tom Blenkinsop MP on the New Statesman website today says he is giving his second preference to Andy Burnham as he thinks that Andy has the best chance of beating Jeremy.

This is on the basis that if Yvette goes out first all her second preferences will swing behind Andy, whereas if Andy goes out first then his second preferences, due to the broad alliance he has created behind his campaign, will all or largely switch to the other male candidate, Jeremy.

Let's take a deep breath and try and think through what will be the effect of preferential voting in the Labour leadership.

First of all, it is very difficult to know how second preferences will switch. From my telephone canvassing there is some rather interesting voting going on, but I don't accept that Tom’s analysis is correct. I have certainly picked up growing support for Yvette in recent weeks.

In fact you can argue the reverse of Tom’s analysis is true – Andy has moved further away from the centre and, as a result, his pitch to those like Tom who are supporting Liz first is now narrower. As a result, Yvette is more likely to pick up those second preferences.

Stats from the Yvette For Labour team show Yvette picking up the majority of second preferences from all candidates – from the Progress wing supporting Liz to the softer left fans of Jeremy – and Andy's supporters too. Their figures show many undecideds opting for Yvette as their first preference, as well as others choosing to switch their first preference to Yvette from one of the other candidates. It's for this reason I still believe only Yvette has the breadth of support to beat Jeremy and then to go on to win in 2020.

It's interesting that Andy has not been willing to make it clear that second preferences should go to Yvette or Liz. Yvette has been very clear that she would encourage second preferences to be for Andy or Liz.

Having watched Andy on Sky's Murnaghan show this morning, he categorically states that Labour will not get beyond first base with the electorate at a general election if we are not economically credible and that fundamentally Jeremy's economic plans do not add up. So, I am unsure why Andy is so unwilling to be clear on second preferences.

All the recent polling suggests Andy is losing more votes than anyone else to Jeremy. He trails fourth in London – where a huge proportion of our electorate is based.

So I would urge Tom to reflect more widely on who is best placed to provide the strongest opposition to the Tories, appeal to the widest group of voters and reach out to the communities we need to win back. I believe that this has to be Yvette.

The Newsnight focus group a few days ago showed that Yvette is best placed to win back those former Labour voters we will need in 2020.

Labour will pay a massive price if we ignore this.

Diana Johnson is the Labour MP for Hull North.