Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. Cameron can’t say it, but the PM is set on another coalition (Daily Telegraph)

The electoral facts of life are stacked against the Conservatives, and the Prime Minister and his team know it, says Paul Goodman.

2. Enjoy this Con-Lib union while it lasts. Come the election it will all be over (Independent)

Clegg will struggle to get an agreement from his party for a renewal of the partnership, writes Steve Richards.

3. Why does Britain want to build airports for ghost planes? (Guardian)

The economic case for more capacity is based on defunct data: this policy will only drag us back to the planet-burning past, says George Monbiot.

4. Hizbollah has become a state above the state (Financial Times)

Those seeking stability in Lebanon do not see what keeps the country stable, writes David Gardner.

5. Will Labour have the guts to fight our unfair care system? (Guardian)

Few elderly people will live to qualify for this Tory 'reform', writes Polly Toynbee. The task of the opposition is to make it as universal as the NHS.

6. David Cameron must woo the school-run mums (Times)

The Prime Minister’s alpha male routine may play well with some voters but it is a turn off for women, says Rachel Sylvester.

7. Facts collide with ideology on Europe (Financial Times)

The UK audit of relations with the EU is coming up with awkward answers, writes Philip Stephens.

8. A very middle class baby who will secure the future of the royal family (Daily Mail)

It is this new royal prince, descended from Yorkshire wool merchants and Durham miners and labourers, who truly belongs to the people, says Michael Thornton. 

9. Why Europe needs 1.3 billion immigrants (Times)

Curbs are not too lax, they are far too strict, writes Oliver Kamm.

10. Slimmed-down police show that austerity is good for public services (Guardian)

By cutting crime with fewer officers, the police force has shown that the NHS and education can deliver more with less, argues Nick Herbert.

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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


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.


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


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


On the Middle East:


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. 


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”


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


America will start winning again, winning like never before.


On trade


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.  


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