Morning Call: pick of the papers

The ten must-read comment pieces from the morning papers.

Sign Up

Get the New Statesman's Morning Call email.

1. Our lives change but the party’s not over yet (Times) (£)

Political parties are dying, says David Aaronovitch -- but for democracy’s sake we need a better replacement than ‘George and the Muslims’.

2. The Tea Party Tories (Guardian)

Angry rightwingers who seek a return to the mythical golden age of Thatcher need to wake up, says Ian Birrell.

3. It’s time to give John Major the credit we so cruelly denied him (Daily Telegraph)

He had his flaws but the former PM and his government look better all the time, says Peter Oborne.

4. A chance has opened up for Miliband. But can he take it? (Independent)

Steve Richards writes that if the Labour leader's ratings were high, he could impose his views. As it is, he has to appease.

5. City is right to crack whip on market abuse (Financial Times)

John Gapper says that the FSA is displaying a salutary determination to end casual sharing of insider information.

6. This al-Qaida Africa logic is flimsy (Guardian)

Grievances in west Africa are too ill-defined and too local to radicalise African Muslims in Britain, says Afua Hirsch.

7. It’s still too soon to lift sanctions on Burma (Times) (£)

Letting Aung San Suu Kyi fight these elections was more about the regime’s self-preservation than true democracy, says Bronwen Maddox.

8. Roll up, roll up, woman-baiting is back in fashion (Independent)

Harriet Walker argues that Samantha Brick is a puppet for a male hegemony that derives its power from the myth that women don't like each other.

9. Camels can pass through a needle’s eye (Financial Times)

One does not have to be poor to be spiritual, write Desmond Tutu and Bettina Gronblom.

10. The trench warfare that built the Big Society (Daily Telegraph)

To see what No10’s pet project is really all about, you just have to come to Cumbria, says Rory Stewart.