Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. Blairites don't really exist (Guardian)

The term is applied to politicians across the spectrum, but suits none of them – not even Tony Blair, says Steve Richards.

2. The pain of rebalancing global growth (Financial Times)

The IMF paints an encouraging picture – if nothing bad happens, writes Martin Wolf.

3. Ed Miliband could be the PM who leads us out of Europe (Daily Telegraph)

Labour needs a strategy to tackle growing English hostility to the Union and the EU, says Mary Riddell.

4. Help to Buy should be dubbed Help to Vote (Guardian)

George Osborne's crazy scheme is the latest in half a century of political bribery, writes Simon Jenkins. But Britons never question why home ownership should be subsidised.

5. Barack Obama and the Republican Party are engaged in an existential battle (Independent)

No winner can come out of this stalemate with their head held high, writes Andreas Whittam Smith. 

6. We need to drive bus fares down for the poor passenger (Times)

Buses are getting pricier while motoring costs have fallen, writes Will Straw.

7. Education in England: sliding down the class (Guardian)

The OECD report suggests that improving GCSE results and rising university enrolment may have been statistical mirages, says a Guardian editorial.

8. I’m afraid we’re just as sadistic as we feared (Times)

Pioneers of social psychology clearly proved our dark side, but now experiments need to be more robust, writes Daniel Finkelstein.

9. Labour should not be muzzling free speech (Daily Telegraph)

Neither Ed Miliband nor the state should be allowed to force their definition of 'decency' on a free press, argues Tom Harris.

10. To offshore or not to offshore? That is the question (Independent)

Some motor industry firms are scaling back offshore production, but 'onshoring' may not have the last laugh, says Hamish McRae.

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Appreciate the full horror of Nigel Farage's pro-Trump speech

The former Ukip leader has appeared at a Donald Trump rally. It went exactly as you would expect.

It is with a heavy heart that I must announce Nigel Farage is at it again.

The on-again, off-again Ukip leader and current Member of the European Parliament has appeared at a Donald Trump rally to lend his support to the presidential candidate.

It was, predictably, distressing.

Farage started by telling his American audience why they, like he, should be positive.

"I come to you from the United Kingdom"

Okay, good start. Undeniably true.

"– with a message of hope –

Again, probably quite true.

Image: Clearly hopeful (Wikipedia Screenshot)

– and optimism.”

Ah.

Image: Nigel Farage in front of a poster showing immigrants who are definitely not European (Getty)

He continues: “If the little people, if the real people–”

Wait, what?

Why is Trump nodding sagely at this?

The little people?

Image: It's a plane with the name Trump on it (Wikimedia Commons)

THE LITTLE PEOPLE?

Image: It's the word Trump on the side of a skyscraper I can't cope with this (Pixel)

THE ONLY LITTLE PERSON CLOSE TO TRUMP IS RIDING A MASSIVE STUFFED LION

Image: I don't even know what to tell you. It's Trump and his wife and a child riding a stuffed lion. 

IN A PENTHOUSE

A PENTHOUSE WHICH LOOKS LIKE LIBERACE WAS LET LOOSE WITH THE GILT ON DAY FIVE OF A PARTICULARLY BAD BENDER

Image: So much gold. Just gold, everywhere.

HIS WIFE HAS SO MANY BAGS SHE HAS TO EMPLOY A BAG MAN TO CARRY THEM

Image: I did not even know there were so many styles of Louis Vuitton, and my dentists has a lot of old copies of Vogue.

Anyway. Back to Farage, who is telling the little people that they can win "against the forces of global corporatism".

 

Image: Aaaaarggghhhh (Wikipedia Screenshot)

Ugh. Okay. What next? Oh god, he's telling them they can have a Brexit moment.

“... you can beat Washington...”

“... if enough decent people...”

“...are prepared to stand up against the establishment”

Image: A screenshot from Donald Trump's Wikipedia page.

I think I need a lie down.

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Stephanie Boland is digital assistant at the New Statesman. She tweets at @stephanieboland