Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. Britain's economic recovery depends on working with Europe (Guardian)

Instead of obsessing about our relationship with the EU, we should be using our membership to rebuild our economy, says Frances O'Grady.

2. Britain has been nuked. Should we hit back? (Times)

On all nuclear submarines is an unopened letter from the PM, instructing what to do if Britain is attacked, writes Tim Montgomerie.

3. The Swedish shock wave is a lesson. We could have unrest here without action on jobs (Independent)

The evidence from behavioural economics is that people compare themselves to others, writes David Blanchflower. 

4. Sadly, I’m not surprised by these revelations. Westminster is crying out for reform (Daily Telegraph)

Westminster remains a place where power is hoarded, decisions are opaque, and people are not properly held to account, writes Nick Clegg.

5. Hezbollah has been lured into unknown territory in Syria as it wages costly battle for survival (Independent)

The Syrian war is in danger of flipping across into Lebanon, writes Robert Fisk.

6. Obama’s faith in the geek elite (Financial Times)

Self-interest guides the Big Data companies, and the same is often true of the White House, writes Edward Luce.

7. The United States should be in the dock, not Bradley Manning (Independent)

The whistleblower has allowed us to scrutinise the hidden realities of US power, says Owen Jones. 

8. Let voters decide if disgraced MPs can keep their seats (Times)

Even the cosiest of clubs should be able to exclude members, says Sunder Katwala.

9. Why Greek Cypriots need to get serious about peace (Guardian)

With recession and the discovery of gas reserves off the Cyprus coast, deadlock with the north is becoming far less convenient, writes Jonathan Steele. 

10. A project that stands tall with Everest? Look under your feet (Daily Telegraph)

At the next coronation we will be able to celebrate a great feat of British engineering, writes Boris Johnson.

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Lord Sainsbury pulls funding from Progress and other political causes

The longstanding Labour donor will no longer fund party political causes. 

Centrist Labour MPs face a funding gap for their ideas after the longstanding Labour donor Lord Sainsbury announced he will stop financing party political causes.

Sainsbury, who served as a New Labour minister and also donated to the Liberal Democrats, is instead concentrating on charitable causes. 

Lord Sainsbury funded the centrist organisation Progress, dubbed the “original Blairite pressure group”, which was founded in mid Nineties and provided the intellectual underpinnings of New Labour.

The former supermarket boss is understood to still fund Policy Network, an international thinktank headed by New Labour veteran Peter Mandelson.

He has also funded the Remain campaign group Britain Stronger in Europe. The latter reinvented itself as Open Britain after the Leave vote, and has campaigned for a softer Brexit. Its supporters include former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg and Labour's Chuka Umunna, and it now relies on grassroots funding.

Sainsbury said he wished to “hand the baton on to a new generation of donors” who supported progressive politics. 

Progress director Richard Angell said: “Progress is extremely grateful to Lord Sainsbury for the funding he has provided for over two decades. We always knew it would not last forever.”

The organisation has raised a third of its funding target from other donors, but is now appealing for financial support from Labour supporters. Its aims include “stopping a hard-left take over” of the Labour party and “renewing the ideas of the centre-left”. 

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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