The New Statesman’s rolling politics blog

RSS

Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

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

1. Labour has a plan to save the NHS, but does it have the nerve? (Daily Telegraph)

A health service built for an age of quick cures and brief lives needs drastic surgery, says Mary Riddell.

2. Syria and the Middle East: our greatest miscalculation since the rise of fascism (Guardian)

By helping to destroy secular politics in the Middle East, the west has unleashed the Shia/Sunni conflict now tearing it apart, writes Simon Jenkins. 

3. Tory RBS sell-off is cheap trick to get votes (Daily Mirror)

Selling the shares off cheap might be good politics in the short term but it is not good for the country, says Alistair Darling. 

4. Arming the rebels is the best path to peace (Times)

Victory for either side would be a disaster, so the best option is to drive them both to the negotiating table, writes Anthony Loyd.

5. Tories can learn from GOP mistakes (Financial Times)

Your party won’t consider your reforms if they think you don’t respect them, says Jon Huntsman.

6. These spending cuts go to the heart of what sort of society we want to be (Independent)

Decisions made now will tie the hands of the next government too, writes Hamish McRae. 

7. Who are terrorists talking to? We must know (Times)

Clever use of surveillance technology doesn’t recruit terrorists; it puts them in jail, says Nick Herbert.

8. Japan’s bumpy road to a recovery (Financial Times)

Abe’s economic nationalism may clash with that of China, writes Martin Wolf.

9. Britain's wars fuel terror. Denying it only feeds Islamophobia (Guardian)

Those who send British troops to shed blood in the Muslim world must share the blame for atrocities like Woolwich, argues Seumas Milne. 

10. The real reason our shops are shutting up (Daily Telegraph)

It’s easy to blame the internet, but soaring rates and rents are crippling high street retailers, writes Mary Hull.