Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. After a night at the theatre with the Queen, I worry about our democracy (Guardian)

As our politicians keep on failing, affection grows for those who are unelected.Democracy itself is looking fragile, writes Jonathan Freedland

2.  GOP needs more than borrowed rhetoric (Financial Times)

The party seems dumb. It seems uncool. And there is a reason for that, writes Christopher Caldwell

3. MPs chilled by this Northern exposure (Independent)

Deputy Speaker Lindsay Hoyles should remain in the shadows no longer, writes Donald Macinnes

4. Press regulation: the royal charter deal is a move towards a better democracy (Guardian)

We have neglected our duty of care when it comes to the relationship between the media and democratic values, writes David Puttnam

5. Southern Europe lies prostrate before the German imperium (Telegraph)

Cyprus is only the first victim of a one-size-must-fit-all policy that is made in Berlin, writes Charles Moore

6. If the US constitution and Karl Marx can agree on a free press, why can't we? (Independent)

There is now to be one law for Hello! and another for Angling Times, writes Francis Wheen

7. When will this winter ever end? (Telegraph)

British Summer Time and the cricket season are nearly upon us, yet as snow, bitter winds and floods once again disrupt the country, any sign of spring has been extinguished, writes Michael Leapman

8. Chinua Achebe's death: we have lost a brother (Guardian)

Chinua was a man of resilient will. His works are testimony to the domination of the human spirit over the forces of repression, write Wole Soyinka and JP Clark

9. Cyprus tremors could shake the world (Financial Times)

Far more at stake than the solvency of the island’s banks, writes Tony Barber

10. General Greg Dyke and the winter of Qatar 2022.By Kurt Vonnegut (Guardian)

As Fifa hints at moving the Qatar World Cup to a cooler season, football may finally be about to go to war – with real armies writes Marina Hyde 

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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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