Politics 17 December 2009 Morning Call: pick of the comment The ten must-read pieces from this morning's papers Print HTML 1. The politics of ownership could define the next decade (Independent) Steve Richards says the debate over ownership and the role of co-operatives will shape the next decade as privatisation did in the 1980s. 2. This parody of the nanny state helps neither children nor adults (Guardian) Timothy Garton Ash argues that not even Orwell's pen could do justice to the absurdities of Labour's vetting service. 3. Britain's power gap and why politicians have to narrow it (Times) The Demos head, Richard Reeves, says that calls for "localism" will ring hollow until ordinary people have more power over their own lives. 4. Mr Obama, here's your Copenhagen speech (Guardian) George Monbiot writes the speech Barack Obama must deliver to turn the Copenhagen talks around. 5. Civil servants intent on evading all responsibility (Independent) Adrian Hamilton argues that the Chilcot inquiry has exposed how bureaucrats are willing to blame anyone but themselves. 6. How America let banks off the leash (Financial Times) John Gapper says that Obama has wasted the opportunities provided by the financial crisis. 7. Quiet diplomacy will get our voice heard (Times) Baroness Ashton, the EU's first representative for foreign affairs, says that Europe can punch above its weight through soft power. 8. Curling up with a good e-book? (Daily Telegraph) Philip Hensher says that digital books will transform our view of literary merit. 9. Mysterious peer Lord Ashcroft is an inconvenient truth for Cameron (Guardian) Michael White calls on David Cameron to order Michael Ashcroft to stop playing coy games about his tax status. 10. Locking up children shames us (Independent) Matthew Norman says that we must all resist the state's mistreatment of children. › Did the head of MI6 mislead the Iraq inquiry? Subscribe More Related articles Owen Smith calls Jeremy Corbyn "a lunatic" Jeremy Corbyn's Virgin video is a Jennifer's Ear for modern times After his latest reshuffle, who’s who on Donald Trump’s campaign team?