Morning Call: pick of the papers
The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.
1. HS2 must terminate here. All change, please (Times)
I can no longer back high-speed rail, writes Alistair Darling. There are better ways to spend £50bn than on one line.
2. Ed, don’t listen to the advice – shouting louder won’t help you (Independent)
Miliband is not currently in a strong enough position to spell out his plans, says Steve Richards.
3. The financial crisis that refuses to go away (Daily Telegraph)
Emerging markets such as Brazil, India and Turkey have an outbreak of the jitters, and it’s hard to see a happy outcome, writes Jeremy Warner.
For once the government has got something right – the NHS's electronic surveys could be more effective than randomised control trials, says Polly Toynbee.
5. India needs fixing – financially and morally (Independent)
The country's most famous economists, Amartya Sen and Jagdish Bhagwati, have different solutions, writes Peter Popham. But both ignore one key problem.
If Conservatives are serious about protecting the family it would make more sense to tighten up divorce laws, says Philip Collins.
7. Why Ed Miliband will be Britain's next prime minister (Guardian)
The Labour leader understands the nature of the UK's economic problems, write John Denham and Peter Hain. With the support of his colleagues, he will win in 2015.
8. Wilberforce’s heirs are ready to tackle the great evil of the age (Daily Telegraph)
Britain helped stamp out slavery once – now Theresa May is trying to do the same again, says Fraser Nelson.
9. Syria: chemical weapons with impunity (Guardian)
The options for response are all bad, and it is doubtful whether airstrikes would establish deterrence, says a Guardian editorial.
10. Productivity is not everything (Financial Times)
There is nothing wrong with the US economy a measure of redistribution would not put right, writes Samuel Brittan.