Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. The humbling of David Cameron: This outbreak of petulance may cost the PM dearly (Independent)

The PM was stung into revealing a side of his personality that he has kept hidden, writes John Rentoul.

2. Simon Stevens, new head of NHS England, is in for a rude awakening (Guardian)

Under Labour, Stevens began the culture of competition in health, writes Polly Toynbee. He will now find out just how perverse this has become.

3. Why the BoE must gamble on growth (Financial Times)

The job of policy makers is to shift the economy on to a better path, writes Martin Wolf. This means taking risks.

4. The power companies are not the bad guys (Daily Telegraph)

Britain's 'energy debate' is populist nonsense - as are price freezes and windfall taxes, says Jeremy Warner.

5. Poorly executed and wrongly priced - the betrayal of the Royal Mail flotation (Daily Mail)

The government didn’t want a flop on its hands and allowed the offer to be 'priced to go', writes Alex Brummer. The misjudgement was huge.

6. If Britain leaves Europe, Scotland leaves Britain (Financial Times)

Scots who support the union will have second thoughts if England heads for the door, says Philip Stephens.

7. Nick Clegg is rejecting liberalism just as the Conservatives are embracing it (Daily Telegraph)

A new generation of voters is associating radical politics with the PM, not his deputy, says Fraser Nelson. 

8. Pain, passion and empathy – what I've learned about peacemaking (Guardian)

From Northern Ireland to the Middle East, to end long-running conflicts, mediators have to absorb the hurt of both sides, says Tony Blair.

9. Cop-cameras won’t rebuild trust in the police (Times)

Filming every encounter will make officers more defensive and members of the public less candid, writes Philip Collins. 

10. Owen Paterson: the minister for GM hype (Guardian)

The environment secretary's stance on GM food is grotesque, says Zac Goldsmith. It would be wicked not to question the industry's motives.

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Lord Sainsbury pulls funding from Progress and other political causes

The longstanding Labour donor will no longer fund party political causes. 

Centrist Labour MPs face a funding gap for their ideas after the longstanding Labour donor Lord Sainsbury announced he will stop financing party political causes.

Sainsbury, who served as a New Labour minister and also donated to the Liberal Democrats, is instead concentrating on charitable causes. 

Lord Sainsbury funded the centrist organisation Progress, dubbed the “original Blairite pressure group”, which was founded in mid Nineties and provided the intellectual underpinnings of New Labour.

The former supermarket boss is understood to still fund Policy Network, an international thinktank headed by New Labour veteran Peter Mandelson.

He has also funded the Remain campaign group Britain Stronger in Europe. The latter reinvented itself as Open Britain after the Leave vote, and has campaigned for a softer Brexit. Its supporters include former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg and Labour's Chuka Umunna, and it now relies on grassroots funding.

Sainsbury said he wished to “hand the baton on to a new generation of donors” who supported progressive politics. 

Progress director Richard Angell said: “Progress is extremely grateful to Lord Sainsbury for the funding he has provided for over two decades. We always knew it would not last forever.”

The organisation has raised a third of its funding target from other donors, but is now appealing for financial support from Labour supporters. Its aims include “stopping a hard-left take over” of the Labour party and “renewing the ideas of the centre-left”. 

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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