Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. Why George Osborne may get away with pinching Labour's lollipops (Guardian)

Conservative strategy has long been to steal opposition ideas, says Chris Huhne. An economy on the mend can only help them take the credit.

2. What will Boris do for those never likely to prosper? (Times)

A winning Tory message must be about security as well as freedom, says Tim Montgomerie.

3. Don't let dubious Pisa league tables dictate how we educate our children (Guardian)

Once again Britain has done badly in the international assessment of schooling, writes Peter Wilby. But there is more to learning than this.

4. Germany’s coalition will break promises (Financial Times)

The political class will be tested by what the eurozone will throw at it, writes Wolfgang Münchau.

5. The reforms the NHS really needs make a rubbish election strategy (Guardian)

Andy Burnham deserves credit for championing new thinking on the kind of health service we need, says Jackie Ashley. But it's not soundbite-friendly.

6. Green energy could kill Britain’s economy (Times)

George Osborne needs to act fast if we are to benefit from falling gas prices in the rest of the world, says Matt Ridley. 

7. Message to forecasters: Don’t assume that the future will turn out like the past (Independent)

In no previous election has there been falling real wages and public sector job cuts, writes David Blanchflower. 

8. Nearly a century after the Armenian genocide, these people are still being slaughtered in Syria (Independent)

And now, almost unmentioned in the media, their holy places are also being desecrated, writes Robert Fisk. 

9. Is it beyond the wit of tech wizards to stop phone theft? (Daily Telegraph)

Genuine businesses will suffer for as long as IT companies refuse to crack the crime, says Boris Johnson. 

10. Higher pay is the tonic that America needs (Financial Times)

The argument for broad-based income growth is as compelling as it is watertight, says Edward Luce.

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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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