Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. What a fairer Scotland would look like (Independent)

Despite its progressive rhetoric, the SNP would hand big business a mighty cheque, writes Owen Jones.

2. Three cheers for Tory rebels, the real loyalists (Times)

Downing Street expects unswerving obedience, but without the awkward squad we’d be at war – and have dearer petrol, writes Tm Montgomerie.

3. A broken union would unsettle Northern Ireland (Financial Times)

A Scottish Yes vote would open constitutional question at a delicate time, writes Jonathan Powell.

4. We need a counterweight to City and corporate power (Guardian)

Any further weakening of Labour's links with the unions will only deepen the crisis of representation in the political system, says Seumas Milne.

5. As an island nation, we will in the end have to accept that the sea will continue to reshape our landscape (Independent)

It is unrealistic to fortify the whole of the south west and flood defences obstruct open views, writes Mary Dejevsky.

6. We may soon learn France's real role in the Rwanda genocide (Guardian)

In a milestone court case in Paris, unprecedented testimony could reveal the Elysée's links to the 1994 génocidaires, writes Linda Melvern.

7. Carney must avoid more unforced error (Financial Times)

The BoE hitched its wagon to unemployment when what it really cared about was recovery, writes Chris Giles.

8. The Education Secretary is right to take on teacher 'Blobbledegook’ (Daily Telegraph)

Michael Gove takes the outdated view that teaching and learning is the job description of schools, writes Allison Pearson. He deserves all our support.

9. Payment Protection (Times)

Reducing the national debt is not optional for Britain; it is essential to sustainable recovery, argues a Times editorial.

10. Bitcoin is more than a speculators’ currency (Financial Times)

People could gain ownership rights to digital goods similar to physical ones, writes John Gapper.

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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

Obama:

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.

Trump:

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

Obama:

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

Trump:

On the Middle East:

Obama:

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. 

Trump:

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”

Obama:

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

Trump:

America will start winning again, winning like never before.

 

On trade

Obama:

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.  

Trump:

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