Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. We may all pay a price for the crushing of democracy in Egypt (Daily Telegraph)

The junta in Cairo is bent on repeating the mistakes of the past – as I saw this week, writes Peter Oborne. 

2. Mark Duggan inquest: questions must be answered before police and community relations can heal (Guardian)

Public trust in the police is fragile. Amid the wider perception of a lack of justice, it is imperative that trust is rebuilt, writes David Lammy. 

3. Dave must give the Tories back their dreams (Times)

Cameron’s idealism has been lost in the economic nightmare, writes Patience Wheatcroft. He must rediscover his inspirational vision.

4. A healthy media would stand up to the powerful and wealthy. Ours targets the poor and voiceless (Independent)

A long, slow handclap for TV executives turning communities against each other, writes Owen Jones. 

5. Carney must consider raising rates (Financial Times)

The Bank of England has been proved wrong over its forecasts on unemployment, writes Chris Giles.

6. It's time Dave and George gave the traitorous Cleggie and Cable a biff on the hooter (Daily Mail)

It would be an offence against collective responsibility, but the Lib Dems jettisoned that principle long ago, says Stephen Glover. 

7. Why is outsourcing shrouded in secrecy? (Daily Telegraph)

Billions in spending are at stake, and ministers should come clean about the grisly details, says Sue Cameron. 

8. First world war: an imperial bloodbath that's a warning, not a noble cause (Guardian)

Tory claims that 1914 was a fight for freedom are absurd – but then history wars are about the future as much as the past, says Seumas Milne. 

9. Jailing so many is a waste of time and money (Times)

As sex attackers and violent criminals walk free, prisons are full of the wrong people, writes Jenni Russell. 

10. Asian democracy must serve the people (Financial Times)

The emergence of forces to challenge imperfect democracies is welcome – but dangerous, writes David Pilling. 

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Voters are turning against Brexit but the Lib Dems aren't benefiting

Labour's pro-Brexit stance is not preventing it from winning the support of Remainers. Will that change?

More than a year after the UK voted for Brexit, there has been little sign of buyer's remorse. The public, including around a third of Remainers, are largely of the view that the government should "get on with it".

But as real wages are squeezed (owing to the Brexit-linked inflationary spike) there are tentative signs that the mood is changing. In the event of a second referendum, an Opinium/Observer poll found, 47 per cent would vote Remain, compared to 44 per cent for Leave. Support for a repeat vote is also increasing. Forty one per cent of the public now favour a second referendum (with 48 per cent opposed), compared to 33 per cent last December. 

The Liberal Democrats have made halting Brexit their raison d'être. But as public opinion turns, there is no sign they are benefiting. Since the election, Vince Cable's party has yet to exceed single figures in the polls, scoring a lowly 6 per cent in the Opinium survey (down from 7.4 per cent at the election). 

What accounts for this disparity? After their near-extinction in 2015, the Lib Dems remain either toxic or irrelevant to many voters. Labour, by contrast, despite its pro-Brexit stance, has hoovered up Remainers (55 per cent back Jeremy Corbyn's party). 

In some cases, this reflects voters' other priorities. Remainers are prepared to support Labour on account of the party's stances on austerity, housing and education. Corbyn, meanwhile, is a eurosceptic whose internationalism and pro-migration reputation endear him to EU supporters. Other Remainers rewarded Labour MPs who voted against Article 50, rebelling against the leadership's stance. 

But the trend also partly reflects ignorance. By saying little on the subject of Brexit, Corbyn and Labour allowed Remainers to assume the best. Though there is little evidence that voters will abandon Corbyn over his EU stance, the potential exists.

For this reason, the proposal of a new party will continue to recur. By challenging Labour over Brexit, without the toxicity of Lib Dems, it would sharpen the choice before voters. Though it would not win an election, a new party could force Corbyn to soften his stance on Brexit or to offer a second referendum (mirroring Ukip's effect on the Conservatives).

The greatest problem for the project is that it lacks support where it counts: among MPs. For reasons of tribalism and strategy, there is no emergent "Gang of Four" ready to helm a new party. In the absence of a new convulsion, the UK may turn against Brexit without the anti-Brexiteers benefiting. 

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.