Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. So Michael Gove, want state schools like private ones? Fine – if you can spare half the English countryside (Guardian)

Gove's prescription for state schools – and his crusade against the educational establishment – is driven by an instinct for good headlines, not evidence of what works, says Peter Wilby.

2. Michael Gove is on a political journey. And people he once took with him – like Sally Morgan – are now being left behind (Independent)

Gove's move signals the end of the Tory modernisers' dream, says Steve Richards.

3. The future belongs to the emerging markets (Financial Times)

Just as the west has emerged from crisis before, the newcomer economies will return to growth, writes Gideon Rachman.

4. Lisa Jardine is the latest woman gone in the Tory bonfire of the quangos (Guardian)

Putting (male, Tory donor) stooges in charge of regulatory bodies is a corruption of government, says Polly Toynbee. It must stop.

5. David Cameron’s choice – to stand firm, or dance to Ukip’s tune (Daily Telegraph)

The voters will appreciate a politician who will not let himself be defined by those who want to entrap him, and destroy him, says Benedict Brogan.

6. Everyone could lose from Scotland’s vote (Financial Times)

If Scots catch the smell of fear drifting north, they may vote mischievously, writes Michael Portillo.

7. In America’s long war on drugs – drugs won (Times)

Even conservatives are worried about the cost of prohibition in a country addicted to spending, writes Justin Webb.

8. How to tackle the hoarding of houses in 'Billionaires Row' (Guardian)

Britain is in the middle of a housing crisis, with thousands of people sleeping rough, writes Aditya Chakrabortty. We should use the tax system to penalise under-occupation.

9. Gove needs to make peace as well as war (Times)

The Education Secretary has alienated his own supporters as well as the "Blob" that he blames for failing schools, writes Rachel Sylvester.

10. We are seeing the makings of a welcome return to privately owned banks. Prosperity, however, is another matter (Independent)

The strength of the labor market is largely due to the weakness of wages, notes an Independent leader.

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Donald Trump vs Barack Obama: How the inauguration speeches compared

We compared the two presidents on trade, foreign affairs and climate change – so you (really, really) don't have to.

After watching Donald Trump's inaugural address, what better way to get rid of the last few dregs of hope than by comparing what he said with Barack Obama's address from 2009? 

Both thanked the previous President, with Trump calling the Obamas "magnificent", and pledged to reform Washington, but the comparison ended there. 

Here is what each of them said: 

On American jobs


The state of our economy calls for action, bold and swift.  And we will act, not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth.  We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together.  We'll restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost.  We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories.  And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age.


For many decades we've enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry, subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military.

One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores with not even a thought about the millions and millions of American workers that were left behind.

Obama had a plan for growth. Trump just blames the rest of the world...

On global warming


With old friends and former foes, we'll work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet.


On the Middle East:


To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West, know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. 


We will re-enforce old alliances and form new ones and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth.

On “greatness”


In reaffirming the greatness of our nation we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned.


America will start winning again, winning like never before.


On trade


This is the journey we continue today.  We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth.  Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began.  Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week, or last month, or last year.  Our capacity remains undiminished.  


We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our product, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs.

Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength. I will fight for you with every breath in my body, and I will never ever let you down.

Stephanie Boland is digital assistant at the New Statesman. She tweets at @stephanieboland