Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. Follow Mandela's example, and laugh at this rightwing fawning (Guardian)

Mandela not only made history, he did so in a way that made others, from David Cameron to Elton John, want to rewrite theirs, writes Marina Hyde.

2. South Africa may still face a day of reckoning (Times) (£)

Even Nelson Mandela’s transcendent goodness might not be enough to secure a lasting settlement, writes Matthew Parris.

3. The Left does not own Nelson Mandela’s legacy (Telegraph)

With the death of Nelson Mandela, the British Left has lost its leading icon, says Mary Riddell.

4. Africans must now walk to freedom (Financial Times) (£)

A man of unique authority, Mandela set a very high standard for us to attain, says Kofi Annan.

5. How computer games can help us overthrow capitalism (Guardian)

The challenge is to design a game where instead of being a badass in LA, you can be a goodass on a communal farm, says Paul Mason.

6. Ed Miliband needs to look forward and avoid George Osborne’s expertly laid trap (Independent)

Osborne’s Autumn Statement performance was that of a man confident that he has won the argument, says Andrew Grice.

7. What does George Osborne's growth offer the young? (Guardian)

The forecasts of growth should be good news for young people just starting out in work, but in fact this appears to be a recovery for the elderly, the wealthy and the bosses, writes Aditya Chakrabortty.

8. Balls isn’t working. Labour must ditch this liability (Times) (£)

Whatever the opposite of star quality is, the floundering Shadow Chancellor has it in spades, says Jenni Russell.

9. Of Bitcoins, bubbles and B&Q vouchers (Financial Times) (£)

The object of anarcho-utopian fantasies is of little value if you want a pizza, writes Tim Harford.

10. This court case will make Nigella stronger (Times) (£)

The more the revelations emerge about her troubled marriage, the more we love her for her flaws , says Janice Turner.

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Commons Confidential: Dave's picnic with Dacre

Revenge is a dish best served cold from a wicker hamper.

Sulking David Cameron can’t forgive the Daily Mail editor, Paul Dacre, for his role in his downfall. The unrelenting hostility of the self-appointed voice of Middle England to the Remain cause felt pivotal to the defeat. So, what a glorious coincidence it was that they found themselves picnicking a couple of motors apart before England beat Scotland at Twickenham. My snout recalled Cameron studiously peering in the opposite direction. On Dacre’s face was the smile of an assassin. Revenge is a dish best served cold from a wicker hamper.

The good news is that since Jeremy Corbyn let Theresa May off the Budget hook at Prime Minister’s Questions, most of his MPs no longer hate him. The bad news is that many now openly express their pity. It is whispered that Corbyn’s office made it clear that he didn’t wish to sit next to Tony Blair at the unveiling of the Iraq and Afghanistan war memorial in London. His desire for distance was probably reciprocated, as Comrade Corbyn wanted Brigadier Blair to be charged with war crimes. Fighting old battles is easier than beating the Tories.

Brexit is a ticket to travel. The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority is lifting its three-trip cap on funded journeys to Europe for MPs. The idea of paying for as many cross-Channel visits as a politician can enjoy reminds me of Denis MacShane. Under the old limits, he ended up in the clink for fiddling accounts to fund his Continental missionary work. If the new rule was applied retrospectively, perhaps the former Labour minister should be entitled to get his seat back and compensation?

The word in Ukip is that Paul Nuttall, OBE VC KG – the ridiculed former Premier League professional footballer and England 1966 World Cup winner – has cold feet after his Stoke mauling about standing in a by-election in Leigh (assuming that Andy Burnham is elected mayor of Greater Manchester in May). The electorate already knows his Walter Mitty act too well.

A senior Labour MP, who demanded anonymity, revealed that she had received a letter after Leicester’s Keith Vaz paid men to entertain him. Vaz had posed as Jim the washing machine man. Why, asked the complainant, wasn’t this second job listed in the register of members’ interests? She’s avoiding writing a reply.

Years ago, this column unearthed and ridiculed the early journalism of George Osborne, who must be the least qualified newspaper editor in history. The cabinet lackey Ben “Selwyn” Gummer’s feeble intervention in the Osborne debate has put him on our radar. We are now watching him and will be reporting back. My snouts are already unearthing interesting information.

Kevin Maguire is the associate editor (politics) of the Daily Mirror

Kevin Maguire is Associate Editor (Politics) on the Daily Mirror and author of our Commons Confidential column on the high politics and low life in Westminster. An award-winning journalist, he is in frequent demand on television and radio and co-authored a book on great parliamentary scandals. He was formerly Chief Reporter on the Guardian and Labour Correspondent on the Daily Telegraph.

This article first appeared in the 23 March 2017 issue of the New Statesman, Trump's permanent revolution