Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. Labour's clarity may be its undoing (Financial Times)

Miliband is not guilty of nebulousness – he is an astonishingly clear politician, writes Janan Ganesh.

2. Teacher-bashing: a political sport with no winners (Guardian)

It's pupils, not performance-related pay, that motivate teachers – as I learned from a day in charge of a class in a Liverpool school, says Polly Toynbee.

3. France should shun talk of revolution (Financial Times)

The public mood is dark but the country’s situation is not so bad, says Gideon Rachman.

4. Don’t expect decisions from deserted No 10 (Times)

With so many advisers leaving Downing Street, there is a lack of energy and ideas at the centre of power, writes Rachel Sylvester.

5. Young appmakers can't count on a job for life (Guardian)

Brits force-fed the language of enterprise and no-jobs-for-life are now putting it into practice and getting precisely nowhere, writes Aditya Chakrabortty.

6. The PM should be wary of the heirs to the Knights of the Shire (Daily Telegraph)

Today's Tory MPs are far less predictable - and manageable - than their forebears, says Bruce Anderson

7. Pensioners too must take a share of the pain (Times)

Most elderly people are no longer poor, writes Andrew Harrop. We must stop giving them special treatment.

8. We eurozoners must create a United State of Europe (Guardian)

Only a single Anglo-American style fiscal and military union can save the EU, says Brendan Simms. 

9. Two cheers for modern British democracy (Independent)

The Select Committees are stronger than ever and the post-2010, post-expenses scandal, intake is less deferential, especially on the Tory side, writes Donald Macintyre.

10. The growing cry for England and St George (Daily Telegraph)

Politicians should take note of the resurgence of English national identity, says Philip Johnston. 

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Jeremy Corbyn fans are getting extremely angry at the wrong Michael Foster

He didn't try to block the Labour leader off a ballot. He's just against hunting with dogs. 

Michael Foster was a Labour MP for Worcester from 1997 to 2010, where he was best known for trying to ban hunting with dogs. After losing his seat to Tory Robin Walker, he settled back into private life.

He quietly worked for a charity, and then a trade association. That is, until his doppelganger tried to get Jeremy Corbyn struck off the ballot paper. 

The Labour donor Michael Foster challenged Labour's National Executive Committee's decision to let Corbyn automatically run for leadership in court. He lost his bid, and Corbyn supporters celebrated.

And some of the most jubilant decided to tell Foster where to go. 

Foster told The Staggers he had received aggressive tweets: "I have had my photograph in the online edition of The Sun with the story. I had to ring them up and suggest they take it down. It is quite a common name."

Indeed, Michael Foster is such a common name that there were two Labour MPs with that name between 1997 and 2010. The other was Michael Jabez Foster, MP for Hastings and Rye. 

One senior Labour MP rang the Worcester Michael Foster up this week, believing he was the donor. 

Foster explained: "When I said I wasn't him, then he began to talk about the time he spent in Hastings with me which was the other Michael Foster."

Having two Michael Fosters in Parliament at the same time (the donor Michael Foster was never an MP) could sometimes prove useful. 

Foster said: "When I took the bill forward to ban hunting, he used to get quite a few of my death threats.

"Once I paid his pension - it came out of my salary."

Foster has never met the donor Michael Foster. An Owen Smith supporter, he admits "part of me" would have been pleased if he had managed to block Corbyn from the ballot paper, but believes it could have caused problems down the line.

He does however have a warning for Corbyn supporters: "If Jeremy wins, a place like Worcester will never have a Labour MP.

"I say that having years of working in the constituency. And Worcester has to be won by Labour as part of that tranche of seats to enable it to form a government."