Morning Call: pick of the papers
The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.
The coalition is maintaining Thatcher's project of rolling back the frontiers of the state, dismantling the settlement that held from 1945 until it unravelled in the 1970s, writes Jonathan Freedland.
2. Marvel at Mrs Thatcher – the outsider who beat the system (Daily Telegraph)
Unlike most politicians today, she had courage, integrity and a clear sense who she was, says Peter Oborne.
3. The Iron Lady towers over modern Britain (Financial Times)
Thatcher’s legacy is not order – though that was a precious achievement – but freedom, says Janan Ganesh.
Her legacy is public division, private selfishness and a cult of greed that together shackle the human spirit, says a Guardian editorial.
5. How Thatcher restored Britain’s optimism (Times)
Children will study the former Prime Minister in the same way they study Elizabeth I, Cromwell and Churchill, writes George Osborne.
Many of the problems experienced today on bleak estates – joblessness, drugs, despair and hopelessness – can be traced back to her disastrous premiership, says a Daily Mirror editorial.
7. They underrated her, and always paid the price (Daily Telegraph)
Thatcher was not regarded as much of a threat by Labour when she became Tory leader in 1975, says David Owen.
8. Thatcherism was a national catastrophe that still poisons us (Independent)
We are in the midst of the third great economic collapse since the Second World War: all three have taken place since Thatcherism launched its great crusade, writes Owen Jones.
Our nation pays no higher tribute to its great men and women than to accord them a state funeral, writes Simon Heffer. By any standards, Margaret Thatcher must have one.
10. The Lloyds workers are paying for their bosses' catastrophe (Guardian)
Average Lloyds employees face hardship and redundancy, writes Aditya Chakrabortty. Meanwhile, those that led them into this mess are thriving.