Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. It's not racist to be anxious over large-scale immigration (Guardian)

In between the rightwing hysteria over the 1 January changes and liberal pleas for tolerance, is a public preoccupied with rent, not race, writes John Harris.

2. How to prolong a banking credit crunch (Financial Times)

The lousy agreement on banking union will produce the financial sector equivalent of austerity, says Wolfgang Münchau.

3. Cameron’s given up on Turkey because his goose is cooked (Times)

The PM’s move to block anyone else from joining the EU is a desperate political move, says John McTernan.

4. At last, everyone gets it on public spending (Daily Telegraph)

Labour's conversion to prudence signals an overdue change in the political centre of gravity, argues Andrew Haldenby.

5. Someone needs to fight the selfish, short-sighted old (Guardian)

The cost of pandering to pensioners means we are penalising our young in relation to education, healthcare and housing, says Chris Huhne.

6. Ed Miliband should get the carving knife - this turkey government is done (Daily Mirror)

The Labour leader should trust his values and ignore siren voices urging him to lurch rightwards, says Kevin Maguire.

7. This isn't 'feminism'. It's Islamophobia (Guardian)

I am infuriated by white men stirring up anti-Muslim prejudice to derail debate on western sexism, writes Laurie Penny.

8. University challenge: Despite higher fees, there are more students than ever (Independent)

The time has come for angry Liberal Democrats to move on, says an Independent editorial.

9. America must dump its disrupters in 2014 (Financial Times)

This has been a very disruptive year but nothing about it was creative or constructive, writes Edward Luce.

10. Add the EU to the list of myths we’re brainwashed to believe (Daily Telegraph)

Like corks, and turning off mobiles on planes, 'Europe' may one day turn out to be pointless, says Boris Johnson.

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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