Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

  1. How can the Tories end their family feud with Ukip? (Guardian)
    Insulting Nigel Farage won't work, but David Cameron shouldn't impersonate him either. The answer is far subtler, writes Jonathan Freedland.
  2. What can David Cameron do? Have a referendum in this parliament (Telegraph)
    The Prime Minister David Cameron should be ready to leave the EU if he does not get the reforms he wants, writes Charles Moore.
  3. Farage aims to destroy sensible Toryism (Times)
    Cameron must energetically defend his vision of a moderate and outward-looking Conservative Party, writes Matthew Parris.
  4. Ukip’s victory will make all British political parties nervous (Financial Times)
    The role of Nigel Farage’s party is still more psychological than electoral, writes Janan Ganesh
  5. How to deal with a problem like Ukip? Take them head-on (Independent)
    Calling Farage's party racist allows it to play the victim card. So attack policies instead, writes James Moore
  6. There's only one way for Dave to stub out Farage (Daily Mail)
    Winning back UKIP voters might mean getting a new leader, and it would almost certainly involve breaking the Coalition, writes Simon Heffer.
  7. Syria: a roadmap to peace (Guardian)
    Syrians need a regional settlement that is owned by the region – and the UN security council must make that happen, writes former SDP leader David Owen.
  8. The cell door must slam shut on Stuart Hall (Telegraph)
    When the fate is decided of the former BBC presenter Stuart Hall, the mere passage of time should play no part, writes Matthew Norman.
  9. Feminism 2.0 is hot, rude and self-confident (Times)
    Revelations about 1970s sexual predators show why we needed feminism. In the age of internet porn we need it again, writes Janice Turner.
  10. Talk is cheap in the clampdown on tax avoidance (Financial Times)
    Even milder reforms will be hard to realise, writes Vanessa Houlder.

Alex Hern is a technology reporter for the Guardian. He was formerly staff writer at the New Statesman. You should follow Alex on Twitter.

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“Trembling, shaking / Oh, my heart is aching”: the EU out campaign song will give you chills

But not in a good way.

You know the story. Some old guys with vague dreams of empire want Britain to leave the European Union. They’ve been kicking up such a big fuss over the past few years that the government is letting the public decide.

And what is it that sways a largely politically indifferent electorate? Strikes hope in their hearts for a mildly less bureaucratic yet dangerously human rights-free future? An anthem, of course!

Originally by Carly You’re so Vain Simon, this is the song the Leave.EU campaign (Nigel Farage’s chosen group) has chosen. It is performed by the singer Antonia Suñer, for whom freedom from the technofederalists couldn’t come any suñer.

Here are the lyrics, of which your mole has done a close reading. But essentially it’s just nature imagery with fascist undertones and some heartburn.

"Let the river run

"Let all the dreamers

"Wake the nation.

"Come, the new Jerusalem."

Don’t use a river metaphor in anything political, unless you actively want to evoke Enoch Powell. Also, Jerusalem? That’s a bit... strong, isn’t it? Heavy connotations of being a little bit too Englandy.

"Silver cities rise,

"The morning lights,

"The streets that meet them,

"And sirens call them on

"With a song."

Sirens and streets. Doesn’t sound like a wholly un-authoritarian view of the UK’s EU-free future to me.

"It’s asking for the taking,

"Trembling, shaking,

"Oh, my heart is aching."

A reference to the elderly nature of many of the UK’s eurosceptics, perhaps?

"We’re coming to the edge,

"Running on the water,

"Coming through the fog,

"Your sons and daughters."

I feel like this is something to do with the hosepipe ban.

"We the great and small,

"Stand on a star,

"And blaze a trail of desire,

"Through the dark’ning dawn."

Everyone will have to speak this kind of English in the new Jerusalem, m'lady, oft with shorten’d words which will leave you feeling cringéd.

"It’s asking for the taking.

"Come run with me now,

"The sky is the colour of blue,

"You’ve never even seen,

"In the eyes of your lover."

I think this means: no one has ever loved anyone with the same colour eyes as the EU flag.

I'm a mole, innit.