Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. The state must end the UK housing crisis (Financial Times)

Government needs to become engaged in building communities again, says Andrew Adonis.

2. Why do private-sector zealots choose to ignore the countless ways public money underpins daily life? (Independent)

Free market capitalism is a con, says Owen Jones. The state is the backbone of modern British capitalism.

3. Miliband gambles that recovery will be weak (Times)

A confident Labour leader plans more policies to help people to make ends meet, says Jenni Russell. 

4. The moment David Cameron lost the 2015 general election (Guardian)

By extolling the virtues of permanent austerity, the prime minister has abandoned the middle ground he needs to win, says Martin Kettle.

5. We can’t leave A&E reform to our children (Times)

Flunking big decisions on the NHS, energy generation or transport is a fatal and expensive error, says David Aaronovitch.

6. Immigration: Britain’s doors are wide open, and we can’t even talk about it (Daily Telegraph)

A wave of Romanians and Bulgarians is heading our way, thanks to the EU’s lack of democracy, says Peter Oborne.

7. A campaign to leave the EU is taking shape (Times)

Those who want Britain to become an independent nation again are preparing a populist plan of action, writes Tim Montgomerie.

8. Unite can't be left to resist Cameron's smear campaign alone (Guardian)

David Cameron and the Tory press have launched a retro anti-union drive to damage Ed Miliband, says Seumas Milne. But it won't fly in today's Britain.

9. Abe’s first arrow is the one that matters (Financial Times)

What is really radical is the bold gamble to rid Japan of 15 years of deflation, writes David Pilling.

10. How the EU is thwarting states from continuing with capital punishment (Independent)

Some states are trying to keep the show on the road with risky improvisation, writes David Usborne. 

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Donald Trump vs Barack Obama: How the inauguration speeches compared

We compared the two presidents on trade, foreign affairs and climate change – so you (really, really) don't have to.

After watching Donald Trump's inaugural address, what better way to get rid of the last few dregs of hope than by comparing what he said with Barack Obama's address from 2009? 

Both thanked the previous President, with Trump calling the Obamas "magnificent", and pledged to reform Washington, but the comparison ended there. 

Here is what each of them said: 

On American jobs

Obama:

The state of our economy calls for action, bold and swift.  And we will act, not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth.  We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together.  We'll restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost.  We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories.  And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age.

Trump:

For many decades we've enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry, subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military.

One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores with not even a thought about the millions and millions of American workers that were left behind.

Obama had a plan for growth. Trump just blames the rest of the world...

On global warming

Obama:

With old friends and former foes, we'll work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet.

Trump:

On the Middle East:

Obama:

To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West, know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. 

Trump:

We will re-enforce old alliances and form new ones and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth.

On “greatness”

Obama:

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned.

Trump:

America will start winning again, winning like never before.

 

On trade

Obama:

This is the journey we continue today.  We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth.  Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began.  Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week, or last month, or last year.  Our capacity remains undiminished.  

Trump:

We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our product, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs.

Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength. I will fight for you with every breath in my body, and I will never ever let you down.

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