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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Could Jeremy Corbyn still be excluded from the leadership race? The High Court will rule today

Labour donor Michael Foster has applied for a judgement. 

If you thought Labour's National Executive Committee's decision to let Jeremy Corbyn automatically run again for leader was the end of it, think again. 

Today, the High Court will decide whether the NEC made the right judgement - or if Corbyn should have been forced to seek nominations from 51 MPs, which would effectively block him from the ballot.

The legal challenge is brought by Michael Foster, a Labour donor and former parliamentary candidate. Corbyn is listed as one of the defendants.

Before the NEC decision, both Corbyn's team and the rebel MPs sought legal advice.

Foster has maintained he is simply seeking the views of experts. 

Nevertheless, he has clashed with Corbyn before. He heckled the Labour leader, whose party has been racked with anti-Semitism scandals, at a Labour Friends of Israel event in September 2015, where he demanded: "Say the word Israel."

But should the judge decide in favour of Foster, would the Labour leadership challenge really be over?

Dr Peter Catterall, a reader in history at Westminster University and a specialist in opposition studies, doesn't think so. He said: "The Labour party is a private institution, so unless they are actually breaking the law, it seems to me it is about how you interpret the rules of the party."

Corbyn's bid to be personally mentioned on the ballot paper was a smart move, he said, and the High Court's decision is unlikely to heal wounds.

 "You have to ask yourself, what is the point of doing this? What does success look like?" he said. "Will it simply reinforce the idea that Mr Corbyn is being made a martyr by people who are out to get him?"