Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. Ed Miliband's 10p tax pledge is smart politics but dumb policy (Observer)

Andrew Rawnsely is unimpressed by the Labour leader's latest gambit...

2. Gordon Brown is dead, long live Gordon Brown (Sunday Times)

.... while Rafael Behr spots a familiar style in the way Ed Miliband plays his politics ...

3. Ed Miliband, the candidate from Planet Zog (Independent on Sunday)

... as does John Rentoul, who thinks the Labour leader lacks dexterity.

4. The meat scandal shows all that is rotten about our free marketeers (Observer)

Will Hutton finds the Conservative party ideologically ill-equipped to deal with another crisis in capitalism.

5. The Red Tops have a repellent new invention - murder trial porn (Independent on Sunday)

Joan Smith takes tabloids to task for demeaning the victims of terrible violent crimes.

6. Welsh Minister baffles himself on gay marriage (Observer)

Barbara Ellen finds David Jones's comments garbled and contradictory.

7. Why I am committed to global tax reform (Observer)

Op-ed, in which George Osborne pledges action on tax avoidance.

8. A drama that beats any Dan Brown plot (Sunday Telegraph)

Peter Stanford picks up some conspiracy theories around Pope Benedict's resignation.

9. Have the lessons of Iraq really been learnt (Independent on Sunday)

Former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Cambell is disappointed and cross.

10. If the tax rate does fall to 10p it will be because of America (Mail on Sunday)

James Forsyth identifies trans-Atlantic inspiration in Labour policy-making.

 

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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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