Politics 18 December 2009 Morning Call: pick of the comment The ten must-read pieces from this morning's papers Print HTML 1. Better to have no deal at Copenhagen than one that spells catastrophe (Guardian) Naomi Klein warns that a climate change deal that limits the rise in average global temperatures to 2C would be disastrous for Africa. 2. Why new challenges need new people (Financial Times) Martin Wolf says that the "post post-Thatcher era" requires politicians who have the flexibility to recognise new challenges. Gordon Brown now has to prove he can do so. 3. For a balanced verdict on Blair, look beyond Chilcot (Independent) John Rentoul argues that the Chilcot inquiry is being intimidated into passing an unduly critical verdict on Blair. 4. Heroes of New Labour (Economist) Bagehot names the outstanding figures of the New Labour era, including Lord Adonis, Donald Dewar, Lord Mandelson and Robin Cook. 5. The influence of Prince Charles the lobbyist is out of hand (Times) Paul Richards argues that our deference to the crown prevents us from questioning "the secret relationship" between the heir to the throne and government ministers. 6. A perfectly proper Prince (Daily Telegraph) But a leader in the Telegraph says that Charles has a duty to take a close interest in government policy, and calls on republicans to declare their true motives. 7. A global order swept away in the rapids of history (Financial Times) Philip Stephens says that the choice now is between a world of co-operative multilaterism or one of narrow nationalism. 8. Not even Cameron can control the politics of anger (Guardian) Martin Kettle predicts that, if elected, Cameron will struggle to cope with a hostility towards politicians "almost revolutionary" in its force. 9. A toxic childhood won't be cured in school (Times) Alice Thomson says that Ed Balls should blame parents for the materialism of school children. 10. Gamblers who must be punished (Independent) Paul Collier argues that bankers who take excessive risks should be criminalised. Follow the New Statesman team on Twitter › Sarah Palin and the tomato saga Subscribe More Related articles Peter Mandelson: I pray every day for an early election to end Labour's awful state Jeremy Corbyn to tell members: "Prepare for a 2017 general election" What will Labour's new awkward squad do next?