Politics 4 March 2010 Morning Call: pick of the comment The ten must-read pieces from this morning's papers. Print HTML 1. Michael Foot, the most misunderstood of men (Times) Roy Hattersley says that Michael Foot was the most misunderstood politician of his lifetime. Cast as a fey Robespierre, he was in fact a kingly and humorous man. 2. Don't be afraid of a hung parliament (Guardian) It is nonsense to suggest that a hung parliament would produce a weak government incapable of tackling the deficit, writes Timothy Garton Ash. Most of the largest fiscal consolidations have happened under coalition governments. 3. Foot symbolises a lost world (Independent) Democratic politics may never see the likes of Michael Foot again, writes his biographer Kenneth O Morgan. An inspirational and civilising force, he symbolised a world we have lost. 4. Labour's Foot mythology has finally run out of time (Guardian) Elsewhere, the Guardian's Seumas Milne argues that New Labour can no longer use Foot's leadership to claim that the party cannot be elected on a left-of-centre platform. 5. The BBC's retreat may yet turn into a rout (Times) The looming BBC cuts will not end the political debate over the licence fee, writes David Elstein. A new government is likely to conclude that at least some of the £600m saved should be used to reduce it. 6. The Tories are on a rocky road towards their sunlit uplands (Daily Telegraph) David Cameron may have asked us to "vote for change" but he has yet to persuade us that change is necessary, argues Benedict Brogan. He must do so, or risk seeing Brown persuade us to stick with the government. 7. In government America must trust (Financial Times) Trust in government is most important when citizens are asked to make sacrifices for a brighter future, writes William Galston. Barack Obama must hope that trust increases as the economy returns to growth. 8. We have to learn from Japan's lost years (Daily Telegraph) The behaviour of the pound this week was a reminder that the time for borrowing is over, and that the time to pay our debts has come, writes Edmund Conway. 9. Greece is right -- Britain and Europe are letting it down (Independent) Greece and Europe need an EU-wide economic package that stays the gathering momentum for savage budget cuts, says Adrian Hamilton. 10. Cut the arts at your peril (Guardian) Charlotte Higgins argues that the Tories are wrong to claim that US-style philanthropy can make up for slashed spending on the arts. Sign up now to CommentPlus for the pick of the day's opinion, comment and analysis in your inbox at 8am. › The day Michael Foot stood me up for Margaret Thatcher Subscribe More Related articles Hillary Clinton can take down the Donald Trump bogeyman - but she's up against the real thing The murder of fearless journalist Pavel Sheremet must be solved - but Ukraine needs more Which CLPs are nominating who in the 2016 Labour leadership contest?