Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. The market can’t deliver growth without government help (Daily Telegraph)

Wealth doesn’t create itself – the government must champion Britain's cause in a tough, competitive world, says Michael Heseltine.

2. Romney would be a backward step (Financial Times)

Obama’s vision is inadequate, writes Martin Wolf. But Mitt Romney is George W. Bush reheated.

3. This is a European suicide pact (Guardian)

In normal times in the EU, co-ordinated austerity would lower member states' debt, writes Jonathan Portes. But instead it's making things worse.

4. Cheaper daycare could land Ed Miliband in Downing St (Daily Telegraph)

Ed Miliband is determined to make the cost of living the great election issue, writes Mary Riddell.

5. George and Vince must cry: ‘Huzzah for Hezza!’ (Times) (£)

Don’t be put off by the retro flavour: the Heseltine heresy on industrial strategy has become the new orthodoxy, writes David Wighton.

6. David Cameron's pro-EU charade cannot go on much longer (Guardian)

The PM talks tough on the European Union but claims to support it, writes Simon Jenkins. His position is hopeless. A new deal is needed.

7. UK recovery must not be just for the few (Financial Times)

Rising GDP does not necessarily lead to higher wages for all, warns Gavin Kelly.

8. Stop the party games and speak for Britain (Daily Mail)

MPs must give Cameron the strongest mandate to face down the EU commission, says a Daily Mail leader.

9. A boost for Britain's nuclear renaissance (Independent)

The Hitachi deal is reason to celebrate, but there is a long way to go to fill our energy gap, says an Independent editorial.

10. Scotland’s debate lacks seriousness (Financial Times)

What would an independent Scotland actually be like? The answer is that no one really knows, writes John Kay.

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Quiz: Can you identify fake news?

The furore around "fake" news shows no sign of abating. Can you spot what's real and what's not?

Hillary Clinton has spoken out today to warn about the fake news epidemic sweeping the world. Clinton went as far as to say that "lives are at risk" from fake news, the day after Pope Francis compared reading fake news to eating poop. (Side note: with real news like that, who needs the fake stuff?)

The sweeping distrust in fake news has caused some confusion, however, as many are unsure about how to actually tell the reals and the fakes apart. Short from seeing whether the logo will scratch off and asking the man from the market where he got it from, how can you really identify fake news? Take our test to see whether you have all the answers.



In all seriousness, many claim that identifying fake news is a simple matter of checking the source and disbelieving anything "too good to be true". Unfortunately, however, fake news outlets post real stories too, and real news outlets often slip up and publish the fakes. Use fact-checking websites like Snopes to really get to the bottom of a story, and always do a quick Google before you share anything. 

Amelia Tait is a technology and digital culture writer at the New Statesman.