Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. In language and action, there's a new brutalism in Westminster (Observer)

George Osborne is not interested in helping people, writes Will Hutton. His purpose is political positioning.

2. Foreign media portrayals of the conflict in Syria are dangerously inaccurate (Independent on Sunday)

It is naive not to accept that both sides are capable of manipulating the facts to serve their own interests, writes Patrick Cockburn.

3. Nelson Mandela taught the Tories the value of trust in politics (Sunday Telegraph)

The Conservative Party’s shifting relationship with the great South African leader reflects a significant change in its style and attitude, writes Matthew d'Ancona.

4. Osborne has turned an omni-shambles into an omni-rout and buried 'borrow more' Ed Miliband (Mail on Sunday)

The Chancellor cemented the Tories' victory in the battle of ideas, and opened a new political era, says Michael Portillo.

5. Labour's big problem isn't being different: it's how to look credible (Observer)

Voters won't doubt that the Eds would change things, writes Andrew Rawnsley. They do need persuading that their sums would add up.

6. The election will be fought on benefits (Independent on Sunday)

The Chancellor and his shadow are manoeuvring skilfully for the vote-winning position between social justice and fiscal prudence, writes John Rentoul.

7. George zips ahead but his young friends will pay (Sunday Times)

The Tories shouldn't take false comfort from the Spending Review, suggests Adam Boulton.

8. Hate porn, sure, but be wary of banning it (Observer)

The principle that consenting adults are free to watch what they want is worth defending, says Nick Cohen.

9. Dear Sir Humphrey, Please stop churning out pompous, windy letters. Yours sincerely, Michael Gove (Mail on Sunday)

Every minister has something they are punctilious about, says James Forsyth. For Michael Gove, it is how letters are written.

10. It’s no longer unthinkable to shrink the state (Sunday Telegraph)

The political parties are having to scramble to keep up with the realism of most voters, says Janet Daley.

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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