Politics 5 February 2010 Morning Call: pick of the comment: The ten must-read pieces from this morning's papers. Print HTML 1. There's real hope from Haiti and it's not what you expect (Independent) Johann Hari writes that the good news from Haiti is that the IMF backed down and agreed to work to cancel the country's entire debt. This is the first sign that exposing and opposing the body's agenda works. 2. Between the bomb and the barricades (Financial Times) It's a relief that Iran's uranium centrifuges keep breaking down, says Philip Stephens. No one in the west knows how to punish Iran for its nuclear programme without playing into the hands of the regime. 3. My heart refuses to race to this cross-Channel love-in (Guardian) Martin Kettle argues that while logic supports an Anglo-French defence partnership, a combination of cultural mistrust and divergent national interests means it isn't going to happen. 4. 1997 revisited (Economist) The Economist's Bagehot writes that Gordon Brown's deathbed conversion to electoral reform reflects his nostalgia for 1997. It is an attempt to turn back the clock -- to a time when Labour seemed capable of being a force for change 5. The smell from Westminster hasn't gone away (Times) Martin Bell writes that although most of the worst offenders of the expenses scandal will be gone after the next election, it is vital that voters watch the class of 2010 with an eagle eye. 6. The public sector could save the economy -- if only politicians let it (Daily Telegraph) Andrew Haldenby claims that public-sector managers know that spending can be cut by 20 per cent without harming actual services; it's just the government that is holding them back. 7. The market has failed over bankers' pay (Times) The City minister, Paul Myners, argues that it's time for fund managers to come out of the shadows. They have invited public scrutiny of their failures. 8. Scientists, you are fallible. Get off the pedestal and join the common herd (Guardian) Simon Jenkins says that climate scientists need to rediscover the virtue of self-criticism -- or others will continue to question their evidence. 9. Stench that will linger long after stables are swept (Independent) Andrew Grice predicts that the expenses scandal will play a prominent role at the general election, not least because candidates are bound to milk it at local level. 10. Britain has been hit harder than you think (Financial Times) Samuel Brittan argues that anyone who bases their vote on the latest GDP figures should be disenfranchised. These initial estimates are not exact enough even to say where in a range of plus or minus 1 per cent the change occurred. Follow the New Statesman team on Twitter. › Culture Vulture: pick of the blogs Subscribe More Related articles Metro mayors can help Labour return to government How the Brexit referendum has infantilised British politics Vote Leave have won two referendums. Can they win a third?