Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. Grammar schools do not aid social mobility. Stop this deluded thinking (Guardian)

The figures show clearly that selective schools entrench inequality rather than help the poor, writes John Harris. They should all be scrapped.

2. Iran will test Obama’s game plan (Financial Times)

Talks could show how easily he is outplayed by tougher opponents, including the US Congress, writes Edward Luce.

3. Western armies know they are not answerable to any overseer – they do as they please (Independent)

The murder carried out by Marine A is not just shocking in itself, says Yasmin Alibhai Brown. It speaks of a wider western attitude in all its arrogance and brutality.

4. Marine A must face justice, but the law has its limits in warfare (Daily Telegraph)

Unlike other countries, Britain is allowing its soldiers to be hobbled by the 'right to life’, says Boris Johnson.

5. The Tories' psychosis over Europe is leading them to disaster (Guardian)

David Cameron failed to face down his party's nationalist demons while in opposition, says Chris Huhne. Now he's paying the price.

6. Right treatment for the Obamacare bug (Financial Times)

There is still time to follow the basic rules of project management, says Lawrence Summers.

7. Right-wing politicians plant hate not hope in our hearts (Daily Mirror)

It suits a disreputable group of scaremongering right-wing politicians that migrants are wrongly blamed for our problems, writes Kevin Maguire. 

8. The Prime Minister is presiding over an A&E brain drain (Times)

New figures show today that half of all vacancies in casualty departments go unfilled, writes Andy Burnham.

9. Only the Tories offer opportunities for all (Daily Telegraph)

The Tories must remind voters that they are, and always have been, the party of aspiration, says a Telegraph editorial. 

10. Does China need democracy to be rich? (Times)

Westerners are subject to more economic meddling from the State than our Communist-led cousins are, writes Matt Ridley.

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Quiz: Can you identify fake news?

The furore around "fake" news shows no sign of abating. Can you spot what's real and what's not?

Hillary Clinton has spoken out today to warn about the fake news epidemic sweeping the world. Clinton went as far as to say that "lives are at risk" from fake news, the day after Pope Francis compared reading fake news to eating poop. (Side note: with real news like that, who needs the fake stuff?)

The sweeping distrust in fake news has caused some confusion, however, as many are unsure about how to actually tell the reals and the fakes apart. Short from seeing whether the logo will scratch off and asking the man from the market where he got it from, how can you really identify fake news? Take our test to see whether you have all the answers.

 

 

In all seriousness, many claim that identifying fake news is a simple matter of checking the source and disbelieving anything "too good to be true". Unfortunately, however, fake news outlets post real stories too, and real news outlets often slip up and publish the fakes. Use fact-checking websites like Snopes to really get to the bottom of a story, and always do a quick Google before you share anything. 

Amelia Tait is a technology and digital culture writer at the New Statesman.