Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. The nuclear deal with Iran is a historic victory for diplomacy (Guardian)

There are risks, and much still to be done, but after more than a decade of interventionist wars this nuclear deal is welcome, writes Michael Axworthy. 

2. A divorce from Scotland would be stupid, wretched and painful (Daily Telegraph)

Like a bickering couple, our countries need a counsellor to step in and make us see sense, writes Boris Johnson.

3. The Iran deal does limited things for a limited time (Financial Times)

The interim accord is overwhelmingly better than the alternatives, writes Richard Haass.

4. London’s zombies are about to feel the economic pain (Times)

In economic terms the past five years have felt unreal in the capital, writes Ed Conway. The illusion could end any day now.

5. Politics is too valuable to be paid for by union barons, fat cats or Methodist ministers. It should be state funded (Guardian)

The spotlight is now on Labour's money from the Co-op, but the whole system needs to be reviewed, says Steve Richards.

6. Is Iran about to return to the fold? (Daily Telegraph)

There could be many reasons to celebrate a rapprochement between Tehran and the west following the deal in Geneva, says Con Coughlin.

7. 'Greenest government ever' or 'green crap': which way will David Cameron jump? (Guardian)

If the PM backs off from his energy-saving promises, he will tarnish his image – one of the most valuable Tory polling assets, writes Chris Huhne.

8. Help to Buy is nothing but an election ploy (Daily Telegraph)

Britain will solve its housing crisis only if it builds more homes and lets in fewer people, says Jeff Randall.

9. Tragedy is spreading from Iran’s western border to the Mediterranean (Independent)

The suicide attack in Beirut last week was unusual in several respects, not least that the target was the Iranian embassy, writes Robert Fisk.

10. Europe will struggle even to disintegrate (Financial Times)

The hard reality is that all the radical options require a consensus that does not exist, writes Wolfgang Münchau.

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Angela Rayner - from teenage mum to the woman who could unify Labour

Corbyn-supporting Rayner mentioned Tony Blair in her speech. 

For those at the Labour party conference feeling pessimistic this September, Angela Rayner’s speech on education may be a rare moment of hope. 

Not only did the shadow education secretary capitalise on one of the few issues uniting the party – opposition to grammar schools – and chart a return to left-wing policies, but she did so while paying tribute to the New Labour legacy. 

Rayner grew up on a Stockport council estate, raised by a mother who could not read nor write. She was, she reminded conference, someone who left school a no-hoper. 

"I left school at 16 pregnant and with no qualifications. Some may argue I was not a great role model for young people. The direction of my life was already set.

"But something happened. Labour's Sure Start centres gave me and my friends, and our children, the support we needed to grow and develop."

Rayner has shown complete loyalty to Jeremy Corbyn throughout the summer, taking two briefs in the depopulated shadow cabinet and speaking at his campaign events.

Nevertheless, as someone who practically benefited from Labour’s policies during its time in government, she is unapologetic about its legacy. She even mentioned the unmentionable, declaring: “Tony Blair talked about education, education, education. Theresa May wants segregation, segregation, segregation.”

As for Rayner's policies, a certain amount of realism underpins her rhetoric. She wants to bring back maintenance grants for low-income students, and the Educational Maintenance Allowance for those in further education. 

But she is not just offering a sop to the middle class. A new childcare taskforce will focus on early education, which she describes as “the most effective drivers of social mobility”. 

Rayner pledged to “put as much effort into expanding, technical, vocational education and meaningful apprenticeships, as we did with higher education”. She declared: "The snobbery about vocational education must end."

Tory critics have questioned the ability of a woman who left school at 16 to be an education secretary, Rayner acknowledged. “I may not have a degree - but I have a Masters in real life,” she said. It could have sounded trite, but her speech delivered the goods. Perhaps she will soon earn her PhD in political instincts too.