Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. Where's the real threat here – Kim Jong-un or Trident? (Guardian)

What we should be scared of is not the North Korean's belicosity but how it's being used to subvert domestic politics in the west, says Simon Jenkins.

2. Bank of Japan follows the Fed, on steroids (Financial Times)

The strategy may break the deflationary psyche – but it could work too well, writes Gavyn Davies.

3. Martine White is a product of welfare, not Mick Philpott (Guardian)

George Osborne is fighting back, aware that tax cuts for the rich and benefit cuts for the frail shock even natural conservatives, writes Polly Toynbee. But this is just the start.

4. Labour can’t win if it’s on Mick Philpott’s side (Times)

The voters have decided that we spend too much on welfare, says Philip Collins. Miliband must offer them more than silence in reply.

5. Philpott wasn't a symbol of Welfare UK, but blame the state for letting his depravity go unchecked (Independent)

In this so-called liberal age, we betray children by a refusal to pass the judgement which would allow us to protect them, says Ann Widdecombe.

6. On welfare, IDS is the heir to Gordon Brown (Daily Telegraph)

Iain Duncan Smith's benefit reforms mark the final nail in the coffin for Beveridge's contributory principle, argues Jeremy Warner.

7. Don’t blame the HBOS bankers, blame the politicians (Daily Telegraph)

Today's indictment of the men who brought HBOS to its knees should extend well beyond them, says Fraser Nelson.

8. Where are the activists as austerity bites? They have been beaten back (Guardian)

Protesters face violence, arrest and serious charges, writes Laurie Penny. Only the brave dare face this savage suppression.

9. The posturing boy despot who could blunder into apocalypse (Daily Mail)

Western intelligence officials believe it is the desire to leave his mark that lies behind Kim Jong-un’s seemingly unprovoked bellicosity towards the US, writes Michael Burleigh. 

10. Spend and borrow will not save the left (Financial Times)

The welfare state was built on growth, writes Philip Stephens. That is what social democrats should focus on.

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Donald Trump vs Barack Obama: How the inauguration speeches compared

We compared the two presidents on trade, foreign affairs and climate change – so you (really, really) don't have to.

After watching Donald Trump's inaugural address, what better way to get rid of the last few dregs of hope than by comparing what he said with Barack Obama's address from 2009? 

Both thanked the previous President, with Trump calling the Obamas "magnificent", and pledged to reform Washington, but the comparison ended there. 

Here is what each of them said: 

On American jobs

Obama:

The state of our economy calls for action, bold and swift.  And we will act, not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth.  We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together.  We'll restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost.  We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories.  And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age.

Trump:

For many decades we've enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry, subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military.

One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores with not even a thought about the millions and millions of American workers that were left behind.

Obama had a plan for growth. Trump just blames the rest of the world...

On global warming

Obama:

With old friends and former foes, we'll work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet.

Trump:

On the Middle East:

Obama:

To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West, know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. 

Trump:

We will re-enforce old alliances and form new ones and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth.

On “greatness”

Obama:

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned.

Trump:

America will start winning again, winning like never before.

 

On trade

Obama:

This is the journey we continue today.  We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth.  Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began.  Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week, or last month, or last year.  Our capacity remains undiminished.  

Trump:

We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our product, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs.

Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength. I will fight for you with every breath in my body, and I will never ever let you down.

Stephanie Boland is digital assistant at the New Statesman. She tweets at @stephanieboland