Morning Call: pick of the papers
The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.
1. Cameron's absurd behaviour over EU membership (Guardian)
Placing a question mark over Britain's European Union membership and its benefits is economically disastrous, says Peter Mandelson
2. US joins misguided pursuit of austerity (Financial Times)
Governments have pushed themselves into a corner where austerity is the default choice, writes Wolfgang Münchau.
3. The PM should have more respect for Ukip (Daily Telegraph)
It is counterproductive for Cameron to mock voters who don’t want a Miliband government, argues Paul Goodman.
A Tory government at a time of economic crisis is a national tragedy, says Owen Jones. Cameron’s hopes of another term must be destroyed.
5. Tea Party’s moment of maximum leverage (Financial Times)
The question is whether they dive into their own political abyss in unison or in pieces, says Edward Luce.
6. What a relief! The madness of child benefit for all ends today (Daily Telegraph)
It makes no sense for the affluent middle classes to be showered with taxpayers’ cash, says Boris Johnson.
7. There is no soft option for our leaders now (Times) (£)
Cameron and Clegg should tell us that austerity is a necessary evil, writes Tim Montgomerie. Just look at the French ‘alternative’.
9. Westminster and welfare: the politics of 'them and us' (Guardian)
Over the second half of this parliament, ministers will have a hard time keeping up an increasingly false distinction, says a Guardian editorial.
As long as Miliband continues to stay silent on how to cut his government’s debt, he has no right to suggest voters must spend more, writes Trevor Kavanagh.