The Staggers 2 May 2014 Morning Call: pick of the papers The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers. Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up 1. The gap widens between the right and reality (Times) The left recognises growing inequality and ludicrously high executive pay, writes Philip Collins. Capitalists, on the other hand, are in denial. 2. Low-rent Labour is positioning itself as the Ukip of the left (Daily Telegraph) Ed Miliband is banking on a populist wave sweeping him all the way to Downing Street, says Fraser Nelson. 3. Vince Cable poses as the scourge of City spivs. But he blundered into handing them millions of your money (Daily Mail) The loss to the Exchequer as a result of the mispricing of Royal Mail is scandalous at a time of national austerity, says Alex Brummer. 4. Scrap inheritance tax and leave the dead to rest in peace (Guardian) To reduce our soaring inequality we must treat inherited wealth like ordinary taxed income and end all the wheezes, writes Polly Toynbee. 5. The mission that is Blair’s dismal last act (Financial Times) His arguments have been lost to the lust for personal riches and attention, writes Philip Stephens. 6. When the pressure’s on, by-elections get delirious and dirty (Daily Telegraph) The souped-up campaigning promises to make the fight for the vacant Westminster seat both shambolic and amusing, writes Isabel Hardman. 7. Northern Ireland: power of the past (Guardian) Everything connected with the Troubles is politicised – and the future of the McConville investigation will not be a simple matter, says a Guardian editorial. 8. Japan should resist right-wingers who discount the country's war crimes (Independent) Shinzo Abe’s revisionist government would like to take back an apology over "comfort women", writes Peter Popham. 9. Schools are held hostage by politicians' control-freakery (Guardian) Local authorities are effective guarantors of educational standards, writes Simon Jenkins. Gove, Hunt and Blunkett need to get out of the way. 10. Despite those 14 questions, I admire Jeremy Paxman (Times) ...but the BBC’s grand inquisitor didn’t always get the better of me, says Michael Howard. › Lab mice are misandrists, and that’s a problem for bioscience Subscribe For daily analysis & more political coverage from Westminster and beyond subscribe for just £1 per month!