Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. Our obesity crisis won't be solved by 'fitspiration' (Guardian)

Of course it's better to be fit than too thin, but any fixating on an unattainable body image doesn't help self-loathing women, writes Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett.

2. If anyone can find a viable plan for newspapers, Jeff Bezos can (Independent)

Anyone who loves and values newspapers should rejoice at this turn of events, argues Matthew Norman.

3. Stay-at-home mothers need our support (Telegraph)

George Osborne's patronising pronouncement will come as news to full-time mothers across the country, says Rowan Pelling.

4. The hideous hypocrisy of the charity fat cats (Daily Mail)

For the chiefs of some of the best-known charities, who insist they must take your money to tackle global poverty, stand accused of hypocrisy over their own pay, writes Ian Birrell.

5. Zero-hours contracts: in Cameron's Britain, the dockers' line-up is back (Guardian)

Driven by privatisation and corporate muscle, zero-hours casualisation is disastrous for workers, jobs and real recovery, says Seumas Milne.

6. Why Labour should fear Dave’s Wizard of Oz (Times) (£)

Lynton Crosby, Cameron’s election guru, has a simple and effective talent — telling politicians when to shut up, writes Anne McElvoy.

7. The global economy is now distinctly Victorian (FT) (£)

The Old Normal is looming large on our horizons, bringing with it unfettered markets, writes Adam Posen.

8. Why we’re all banking on the new Governor of the Bank of England (Telegraph)

Mark Carney’s message will play a crucial role in fanning the flames of economic recovery, says Andrew Haldenby.

9. Gibraltar: This Rock stands in the way of our national interest (Independent)

There is a case for summoning up our old colonial instincts to resolve this dispute, writes Mary Dejevsky.

10. Even now, we still don’t understand the riots (Times) (£)

Was this moral breakdown on a local scale or a national one? Is Britain broken? We need to know – but we don’t, says Daniel Finkelstein.

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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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