Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. Miliband might be on the rack, but his election’s far from ruined (Daily Telegraph)

Getting the hairdryer treatment from his critics could be just what the Labour leader needed, says Mary Riddell.

2. The Muslim Brotherhood will not turn to violence to fight the coup in Egypt (Guardian)

We are committed to peaceful protests but the world must pay attention to the human rights abuses and help us, writes Muhammad al-Baltaji.

3. Has the Fed given up on US jobless? (Financial Times)

The costs of unemployment persisting are vast; the costs of pushing too far to cut it are small, says Adam Posen.

4. Tax the empty London homes of the global rich (Times)

Properties are not safe-deposit boxes, writes Emma Duncan. People must live in them to keep the capital thriving.

5. So the innocent have nothing to fear? After Miranda, we know where this leads (Guardian)

The destructive power of state snooping is on display for all to see, writes Simon Jenkins. The press must not yield to this intimidation.

6. Ed Miliband is a pale shadow of Tony Blair (Times)

Parties can only escape the hell of opposition if they act quickly to address their political weaknesses, writes Paul Goodman.

7. Hung parliaments: better luck next time (Guardian)

The Conservative Party is sensibly holding a quiet debate about how to make a coalition more effective in future, says a Guardian editorial.

8. Why I risked arrest to protest against fracking (Independent)

Ministers are ignoring analysis that undermines the myth it will lower fuel bills, writes Caroline Lucas. 

9. Are David Miranda and Caroline Lucas victims or criminals? (Daily Telegraph)

The detention of a journalist’s partner and a Green MP reopen the debate over state power, writes Dominic Raab. 

10. Huge bonuses are more to do with power than merit (Independent)

Male managers tend to give others in the boys’ club large rewards, writes Ben Chu.

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Appreciate the full horror of Nigel Farage's pro-Trump speech

The former Ukip leader has appeared at a Donald Trump rally. It went exactly as you would expect.

It is with a heavy heart that I must announce Nigel Farage is at it again.

The on-again, off-again Ukip leader and current Member of the European Parliament has appeared at a Donald Trump rally to lend his support to the presidential candidate.

It was, predictably, distressing.

Farage started by telling his American audience why they, like he, should be positive.

"I come to you from the United Kingdom"

Okay, good start. Undeniably true.

"– with a message of hope –

Again, probably quite true.

Image: Clearly hopeful (Wikipedia Screenshot)

– and optimism.”

Ah.

Image: Nigel Farage in front of a poster showing immigrants who are definitely not European (Getty)

He continues: “If the little people, if the real people–”

Wait, what?

Why is Trump nodding sagely at this?

The little people?

Image: It's a plane with the name Trump on it (Wikimedia Commons)

THE LITTLE PEOPLE?

Image: It's the word Trump on the side of a skyscraper I can't cope with this (Pixel)

THE ONLY LITTLE PERSON CLOSE TO TRUMP IS RIDING A MASSIVE STUFFED LION

Image: I don't even know what to tell you. It's Trump and his wife and a child riding a stuffed lion. 

IN A PENTHOUSE

A PENTHOUSE WHICH LOOKS LIKE LIBERACE WAS LET LOOSE WITH THE GILT ON DAY FIVE OF A PARTICULARLY BAD BENDER

Image: So much gold. Just gold, everywhere.

HIS WIFE HAS SO MANY BAGS SHE HAS TO EMPLOY A BAG MAN TO CARRY THEM

Image: I did not even know there were so many styles of Louis Vuitton, and my dentists has a lot of old copies of Vogue.

Anyway. Back to Farage, who is telling the little people that they can win "against the forces of global corporatism".

 

Image: Aaaaarggghhhh (Wikipedia Screenshot)

Ugh. Okay. What next? Oh god, he's telling them they can have a Brexit moment.

“... you can beat Washington...”

“... if enough decent people...”

“...are prepared to stand up against the establishment”

Image: A screenshot from Donald Trump's Wikipedia page.

I think I need a lie down.

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Stephanie Boland is digital assistant at the New Statesman. She tweets at @stephanieboland