Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. Looking for a party funding scandal? Try David Cameron's Conservatives (Guardian)

We know how much Unite gives Labour, but finding out who writes the cheques for Conservative Central Office is more difficult, writes Aditya Chakrabortty.

2. The question Ed Miliband has to answer: whose side are you on? (Daily Telegraph)

Like Blair before him, the Labour leader must show he’s in favour of choice and standards, says Benedict Brogan.

3. Yes, Labour's selection process has been abused, but not by the unions (Guardian)

 It is time the spotlight was turned on the right wing of the party, who have used parliamentary seats as patronage for too long, says Len McCluskey.

4. Freedom and democracy can become enemies (Financial Times)

Key members of Egypt’s liberal movement supported the ouster of the country’s first democratically elected president, writes Gideon Rachman.

5. Labour needs the unions, but both need members (Guardian)

Falkirk is a tragedy for unionism, which suffers the same affliction as political parties do: empty democracy, writes Polly Toynbee.

6. The barons are dead. Long live the rank and file! (Times)

Ed Miliband’s plan to pass power from union leaders to individual members would be a bold and welcome step, writes Rachel Sylvester.

7. Lots of Conservative Party members prefer Ukip's policies (Daily Telegraph)

A study into who might change allegiance - and why - makes uncomfortable reading for the PM, say Tim Bale and Paul Webb. 

8. Yes, people in large homes should pay more tax (Times)

People who grew rich from property rises should help those who didn’t, says James Bloodworth.

9. The mess with Labour and the unions makes this the perfect time to let the state fund political parties (Independent)

If the lack of respect for MPs is what prevents taxpayers stumping up, this lack owes a lot to the present system, says Donald Macintyre.

10. Miliband must renounce more than Unite’s tactics (Financial Times)

The Labour leader’s task is to show voters that he would not govern how Len McCluskey desires, says Janan Ganesh.

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Tony Blair won't endorse the Labour leader - Jeremy Corbyn's fans are celebrating

The thrice-elected Prime Minister is no fan of the new Labour leader. 

Labour heavyweights usually support each other - at least in public. But the former Prime Minister Tony Blair couldn't bring himself to do so when asked on Sky News.

He dodged the question of whether the current Labour leader was the best person to lead the country, instead urging voters not to give Theresa May a "blank cheque". 

If this seems shocking, it's worth remembering that Corbyn refused to say whether he would pick "Trotskyism or Blairism" during the Labour leadership campaign. Corbyn was after all behind the Stop the War Coalition, which opposed Blair's decision to join the invasion of Iraq. 

For some Corbyn supporters, it seems that there couldn't be a greater boon than the thrice-elected PM witholding his endorsement in a critical general election. 

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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