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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Cabinet audit: what does the appointment of Liam Fox as International Trade Secretary mean for policy?

The political and policy-based implications of the new Secretary of State for International Trade.

Only Nixon, it is said, could have gone to China. Only a politician with the impeccable Commie-bashing credentials of the 37th President had the political capital necessary to strike a deal with the People’s Republic of China.

Theresa May’s great hope is that only Liam Fox, the newly-installed Secretary of State for International Trade, has the Euro-bashing credentials to break the news to the Brexiteers that a deal between a post-Leave United Kingdom and China might be somewhat harder to negotiate than Vote Leave suggested.

The biggest item on the agenda: striking a deal that allows Britain to stay in the single market. Elsewhere, Fox should use his political capital with the Conservative right to wait longer to sign deals than a Remainer would have to, to avoid the United Kingdom being caught in a series of bad deals. 

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. He usually writes about politics.