Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

  1. Twitter's inadequate action over rape threats is itself an abuse (Guardian)
    Social media users should act to take back Twitter, writes Labour MP Stella Creasy.
  2. Europe ought to let its hopeless causes go bankrupt (Financial Times)
    The cure for the crisis is a dose of American-style tough love, writes Martin Sandbu
  3. I'm proud of our welfare reforms (Guardian)
    I don't apologise for trying to make the welfare state fair – it's something only this government can do, writes the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith.
  4. Mo’s breaking records, but other migrants are breaking the law (Telegraph)
    Immigrants have a lot to offer Britain, but those here illegally have no right to remain, writes Boris Johnson.
  5. Trolls, Caroline Criado-Perez, and how to tackle the dark side of Twitter (Independent)
    The site should make it easier for users to report rape and death threats, writes Owen Jones.
  6. Europe’s 'recovery’ is a conjuring trick (Telegraph)
    The eurozone has had a good year – on paper. But it is crippled by too much debt to survive intact, says Jeff Randall
  7. At last internet trolls must face the real world (Times)
    Fury over Twitter abuse of the Jane Austen banknote campaigner shows how online behaviour is having to change, writes Libby Purves.
  8. There has been no good news for Britain’s army of underemployed workers (Independent)
    The underemployment rate rose more quickly than the unemployment rate in Q1 2013, writes David Blanchflower
  9. Five ways to widen the Tory appeal and win (Times)
    Victory in 2015 is possible if the party can rediscover its popular touch with these pledges to lower-income voters, says Tim Montgomerie
  10. West needs to criticise Putin – but not support his rivals (Financial Times)
    It is not our business to pick sides in Russia’s political battles, writes Anatol Lieven.

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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Appreciate the full horror of Nigel Farage's pro-Trump speech

The former Ukip leader has appeared at a Donald Trump rally. It went exactly as you would expect.

It is with a heavy heart that I must announce Nigel Farage is at it again.

The on-again, off-again Ukip leader and current Member of the European Parliament has appeared at a Donald Trump rally to lend his support to the presidential candidate.

It was, predictably, distressing.

Farage started by telling his American audience why they, like he, should be positive.

"I come to you from the United Kingdom"

Okay, good start. Undeniably true.

"– with a message of hope –

Again, probably quite true.

Image: Clearly hopeful (Wikipedia Screenshot)

– and optimism.”

Ah.

Image: Nigel Farage in front of a poster showing immigrants who are definitely not European (Getty)

He continues: “If the little people, if the real people–”

Wait, what?

Why is Trump nodding sagely at this?

The little people?

Image: It's a plane with the name Trump on it (Wikimedia Commons)

THE LITTLE PEOPLE?

Image: It's the word Trump on the side of a skyscraper I can't cope with this (Pixel)

THE ONLY LITTLE PERSON CLOSE TO TRUMP IS RIDING A MASSIVE STUFFED LION

Image: I don't even know what to tell you. It's Trump and his wife and a child riding a stuffed lion. 

IN A PENTHOUSE

A PENTHOUSE WHICH LOOKS LIKE LIBERACE WAS LET LOOSE WITH THE GILT ON DAY FIVE OF A PARTICULARLY BAD BENDER

Image: So much gold. Just gold, everywhere.

HIS WIFE HAS SO MANY BAGS SHE HAS TO EMPLOY A BAG MAN TO CARRY THEM

Image: I did not even know there were so many styles of Louis Vuitton, and my dentists has a lot of old copies of Vogue.

Anyway. Back to Farage, who is telling the little people that they can win "against the forces of global corporatism".

 

Image: Aaaaarggghhhh (Wikipedia Screenshot)

Ugh. Okay. What next? Oh god, he's telling them they can have a Brexit moment.

“... you can beat Washington...”

“... if enough decent people...”

“...are prepared to stand up against the establishment”

Image: A screenshot from Donald Trump's Wikipedia page.

I think I need a lie down.

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Stephanie Boland is digital assistant at the New Statesman. She tweets at @stephanieboland