Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

  1. Mass surveillance wouldn't have saved the life of Drummer Rigby (Observer)

    The introduction of a communications data bill wouldn't have prevented last week's shocking murder of Lee Rigby, writes Henry Porter.

  2. Yes, I’m a smartphone Nazi, so stop that tippety-tap now (Sunday Times)

    The older I get the more that silence seems far more eloquent and articulate than the frenzied voices that crowd it out, writes Andrew Sullivan

  3. David Cameron isn't even among friends in his own cabinet now (Observer)

    Already wounded by battles with backbenchers, the prime minister is faced with a revolt by ministers over cuts, writes Andrew Rawnsley.

  4. Angela Merkel is David Cameron's new best friend for ever (Independent on Sunday)

    Beyond her general competence, most British people know very little of the German Chancellor, writes John Rentoul.

  5. Twitter at its worst is not Bercow, but the braying mob (**)

    The Twitter villains are the bullies who feel scant responsibility and a lack of interest in fairness, writes Barbara Ellen.

  6. Doctors took the easy option, and lost our respect (Sunday Telegraph)

    GPs have changed, but the government is partly to blame, writes Anthony Daniels.

  7. Why Cameron told MI5: ‘I know you are not to blame’ (Mail on Sunday)

    Inside Number 10, the view is that some reassurance can actually be drawn from the fact that the attackers were known to the authorities, and might even have been contacted by them, writes James Forsyth.

  8. Even for liberals, Obama has crossed a line (Sunday Telegraph)

    Those who have spoken out against the President’s expansion of government power have been investigated and intimidated, writes Janet Daley.

  9. Did we learn so little about jihadism from the 7/7 bombings? (Independent on Sunday)

    In Woolwich, the police were too slow off the mark and the politicians got the wrong end of the stick. Both groups need to focus hard, writes Crispin Black.

  10. A tip for the untaxables: give your cash away (Sunday Times)

    In these straitened times the mood has changed to recrimination. I pay my taxes. You avoid yours. They — the rich or big business — are doing evil, writes Adam Boulton.

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.