Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. Ed Miliband is proving himself to be a brave and adroit leader (Daily Telegraph)

If the Labour leader is remembered for nothing else, his stand on Syria changed the course of history, says Peter Oborne. 

2. Your bank really isn't a venerable institution, is it? So ditch it (Guardian)

The banks' malpractice has become normalised, but if we still remain loyal to them it's no surprise they don't clean up their act, writes Zoe Williams.

3. Everyone benefits from free school meals (Daily Telegraph)

Pilot projects of Nick Clegg's scheme showed improved academic performance and better behaviour, writes Jemima Lewis.

4. Beijing’s net crackdown will be tested (Financial Times)

Chinese cyberspace has become a Wild West of discussion, mockery and information-sharing, writes David Pilling. 

5. Nick Clegg speech: powered up (Guardian)

A newly authoritative and assured Lib Dem leader laid out an unapologetic account of the past and a bold plan for the future, says a Guardian editorial.

6. Tilting at windmills: Even Tory supporters want Mr Osborne to go green (Independent)

Britain is unusually well-placed to build a booming wind power industry, writes Tom Bawden. 

7. Why Labour must rule out an EU referendum now (Guardian)

Committing to an in/out referendum would de disastrous for Labour's election prospects – and the country's economic ones, says Julian Priestley.

8. Nick Clegg’s quip he’ll fight up to four more elections sounds more threat than promise (Daily Mirror)

Clegg taking credit for anything good the coalition does, while refusing to share blame for bad, isn’t persuading voters, says Kevin Maguire. 

9. How a sex change made me less of a bigot (Times)

When Bradley became Chelsea Manning I laughed — until the transgender truth shut me up for good, writes David Aaronovitch.

10. And still Andrew Mitchell waits for justice (Daily Telegraph)

If only the Met could act with the efficiency displayed by officers on the Downing St gates, writes Dan Hodges. 

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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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