Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. The Cyprus eurozone bailout conditions are bank robbery pure and simple (Guardian)

This is yet another euro bailout that punishes ordinary people to prop up a bust financial system, writes Aditya Chakrabortty. How long can the euro last now?

2. Press battle thaws Labour-Lib Dem frost (Financial Times)

This could in future be seen as the dawn of a new coalition, writes Janan Ganesh.

3. Across the Rubicon (Times)

David Cameron’s Royal Charter subjects a free press to Parliament and sets a dangerous precedent, argues a Times leader.

4. A Leveson deal worth backing (Independent)

It is not credible to claim that the existing form of self-regulation was working, says an Independent editorial.

5. Politicians and press regulation: a good deal on paper … (Guardian)

The political class as a whole could discover that the brokering has only just begun, says a Guardian editorial.

6. Crosby’s cunning plan for a Tory victory – no more stupid ideas (Daily Telegraph)

There will be no more nods to fashion that leave voters on the right mystified or angry, says Benedict Brogan.

7. In the war on the poor, Pope Francis is on the wrong side (Guardian)

In Latin America a new Inquisition has betrayed Catholic priests who risk their lives to stand up to tyrants – as I've witnessed, writes George Monbiot. 

8. Europe’s leaders run out of credit in Cyprus (Financial Times)

The problem remains the gap in trust between north and south, says Gideon Rachman.

9. Will Britain's press repent its nasty ways? Don't hold your breath (Guardian)

A small triumph for citizens the royal charter may be, but for now we're still stuck with the most savage papers in Europe, says Polly Toynbee.

10. Forget privacy – it’s conversation Google is killing (Independent)

Google Glass will make its users even more detached from the immediate real world, writes Dominic Lawson. 

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Harriet Harman warns that the Brexit debate has been dominated by men

The former deputy leader hit out at the marginalisation of women's voices in the EU referendum campaign.

The EU referendum campaign has been dominated by men, Labour’s former deputy leader Harriet Harman warns today. The veteran MP, who was acting Labour leader between May and September last year, said that the absence of female voices in the debate has meant that arguments about the ramifications of Brexit for British women have not been heard.

Harman has written to Sharon White, the Chief of Executive of Ofcom, expressing her “serious concern that the referendum campaign has to date been dominated by men.” She says: “Half the population of this country are women and our membership of the EU is important to women’s lives. Yet men are – as usual – pushing women out.”

Research by Labour has revealed that since the start of this year, just 10 women politicians have appeared on the BBC’s Today programme to discuss the referendum, compared to 48 men. On BBC Breakfast over the same time period, there have been 12 male politicians interviewed on the subject compared to only 2 women. On ITV’s Good Morning Britain, 18 men and 6 women have talked about the referendum.

In her letter, Harman says that the dearth of women “fails to reflect the breadth of voices involved with the campaign and as a consequence, a narrow range [of] issues ends up being discussed, leaving many women feeling shut out of the national debate.”

Harman calls on Ofcom “to do what it can amongst broadcasters to help ensure women are properly represented on broadcast media and that serious issues affecting female voters are given adequate media coverage.” 

She says: "women are being excluded and the debate narrowed.  The broadcasters have to keep a balance between those who want remain and those who want to leave. They should have a balance between men and women." 

A report published by Loughborough University yesterday found that women have been “significantly marginalised” in reporting of the referendum, with just 16 per cent of TV appearances on the subject being by women. Additionally, none of the ten individuals who have received the most press coverage on the topic is a woman.

Harman's intervention comes amidst increasing concerns that many if not all of the new “metro mayors” elected from next year will be men. Despite Greater Manchester having an equal number of male and female Labour MPs, the current candidates for the Labour nomination for the new Manchester mayoralty are all men. Luciana Berger, the Shadow Minister for mental health, is reportedly considering running to be Labour’s candidate for mayor of the Liverpool city region, but will face strong competition from incumbent mayor Joe Anderson and fellow MP Steve Rotheram.

Last week, Harriet Harman tweeted her hope that some of the new mayors would be women.  

Henry Zeffman writes about politics and is the winner of the Anthony Howard Award 2015.