Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. The Leveson inquiry is irrelevant to 21st-century journalism (Guardian)

The judge's findings will address the nefarious behaviour of newspapers but not the vast array of media on the internet, writes Emily Bell.

2. Cameron will pay a heavy price for his whips' feebleness (Daily Telegraph)

The PM’s haughty disregard of his own party is reminiscent of Tony Blair at his peak, says Peter Oborne.

3. The law, Fleet Street and a free press (Financial Times)

There are many traps but a decent outcome is possible, writes John Gapper.

4. No time to equivocate on Palestine (Independent)

The UN must approve the Palestinians' bid for recognition as a non-member observer state, says an Independent leader.

5. Work Programme: why I knew the figures would be awful (Guardian)

The idea that the way out of unemployment is via huge contracts for profit-driven enterprises invites them to game the system, says Zoe Williams.

6. You can trust the public. They’re not savages (Times) (£)

People can judge the press for themselves, they can judge TV debates and they can judge how to spend their money, says David Aaronovitch.

7. There is a middle way: a privacy law with a public interest built into it (Independent)

The dichotomy between self-regulation on the one hand and government regulation on the other is false, argues Andreas Whittam Smith.

8. A nanny state that dictates what we drink will soon be telling us how to think (Daily Mail)

People do not elect governments to tell them how to live their lives, or to lecture them about ethical living, writes Simon Heffer.

9. Time for the chancellor to be honest (Financial Times)

The autumn statement must be truthful about the UK’s economic struggle ahead, says Chris Giles.

10. Boles offers a recipe for senseless sprawl (Daily Telegraph)

Unfettered building in the south east would be disastrous, says a Telegraph editorial.

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Tony Blair won't endorse the Labour leader - Jeremy Corbyn's fans are celebrating

The thrice-elected Prime Minister is no fan of the new Labour leader. 

Labour heavyweights usually support each other - at least in public. But the former Prime Minister Tony Blair couldn't bring himself to do so when asked on Sky News.

He dodged the question of whether the current Labour leader was the best person to lead the country, instead urging voters not to give Theresa May a "blank cheque". 

If this seems shocking, it's worth remembering that Corbyn refused to say whether he would pick "Trotskyism or Blairism" during the Labour leadership campaign. Corbyn was after all behind the Stop the War Coalition, which opposed Blair's decision to join the invasion of Iraq. 

For some Corbyn supporters, it seems that there couldn't be a greater boon than the thrice-elected PM witholding his endorsement in a critical general election. 

Julia Rampen is the digital news editor of the New Statesman (previously editor of The Staggers, The New Statesman's online rolling politics blog). She has also been deputy editor at Mirror Money Online and has worked as a financial journalist for several trade magazines. 

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