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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Gerald Kaufman dies aged 86

Before becoming an MP, Kaufman's varied career included a stint as the NS' theatre critic.

Gerald Kaufman, the Labour MP for Manchester Gorton and former theatre critic at the New Statesman, has died.

Kaufman, who served as the MP for Manchester Gorton continuously from 1970, had a varied career before entering Parliament, working for the Fabian Society in addition to his flourishing career in journalism and as a satirist, writing for That Was The Week That Was and as a leader writer on the Mirror. In 1965, he exchanged the press for politics, working as a press officer and an aide to Harold Wilson before he was elected to parliament in 1970.

Upon Labour’s return to office in 1974, he served as a junior minister until the party’s defeat in 1979, and on the opposition frontbenches until 1992, reaching the position of shadow foreign secretary. In 1999, he was chair of the Man Booker Prize, which that year was won by JM Coetzee’s Disgrace.

His death opens up a by-election in Manchester Gorton, which Labour is expected to win. 

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. His daily briefing, Morning Call, provides a quick and essential guide to British politics.