Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. A new populism is shaping politics in Britain and beyond (Financial Times)

There is a profound ignorance among the powerful as to the depth of anti-elite feeling, says John McDermott

2. The 'white widow', like the black, looms larger in the imagination than in fact (Guardian)

Samantha Lewthwaite is 'world's most wanted' despite any hard evidence. How Clouseau-like we must seem to al-Shabaab, says Marina Hyde

3. Free societies can never be completely safe (Times)

We cannot protect every local school and shopping centre from terrorists — and we should not try, argues Janice Turner

4. Labour's energy price freeze chimes with the spirit of 1997. It's not 'back to the 70s' (Guardian)

Our plans are in line with the hugely popular windfall tax on privatised utilities. The Tories scorned that too, says Douglas Alexander

5. Make Sochi 2014 the gayest Olympics ever (Times)

If we are going – if our solidarity is in our very presence – how can we ramp up that solidarity to the max, asks Caitlin Moran

6. To win the battle for the consumer, Cameron must cut taxes soon (Daily Telegraph)

Labour’s complaints about the high price of energy should prompt a bold free-market response, says Charles Moore

7. Cameron’s patronising attitude towards women will cost him the election (Independent)

Ninety five years after women got the vote, the Tory Conference will see 128 fringe meetings at which not a single woman is due to speak, says Chris Bryant

8. The new Pope is bringing glasnost to the Vatican (Financial Times)

No one knows how his ideas will fare – but everybody senses they challenge conservative power says David Gardner

9. Ed Miliband's new populism doesn't have to end with energy prices (Guardian)

Jonathan Freedland: From banks to railways, even welfare and immigration, Labour can go much further and still keep the public onside

10. Global lukewarming need not be catastrophic (Times)

There’s a middle way between those who deny climate change is real and those who say it’s disastrous, says Matt Ridley

 

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.
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Donald Trump vs Barack Obama: How the inauguration speeches compared

We compared the two presidents on trade, foreign affairs and climate change – so you (really, really) don't have to.

After watching Donald Trump's inaugural address, what better way to get rid of the last few dregs of hope than by comparing what he said with Barack Obama's address from 2009? 

Both thanked the previous President, with Trump calling the Obamas "magnificent", and pledged to reform Washington, but the comparison ended there. 

Here is what each of them said: 

On American jobs

Obama:

The state of our economy calls for action, bold and swift.  And we will act, not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth.  We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together.  We'll restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost.  We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories.  And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age.

Trump:

For many decades we've enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry, subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military.

One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores with not even a thought about the millions and millions of American workers that were left behind.

Obama had a plan for growth. Trump just blames the rest of the world...

On global warming

Obama:

With old friends and former foes, we'll work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet.

Trump:

On the Middle East:

Obama:

To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West, know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. 

Trump:

We will re-enforce old alliances and form new ones and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth.

On “greatness”

Obama:

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned.

Trump:

America will start winning again, winning like never before.

 

On trade

Obama:

This is the journey we continue today.  We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth.  Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began.  Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week, or last month, or last year.  Our capacity remains undiminished.  

Trump:

We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our product, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs.

Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength. I will fight for you with every breath in my body, and I will never ever let you down.

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