The Staggers 6 April 2010 CommentPlus: pick of the papers The ten must-read pieces from this morning's papers. Print HTML 1. Cameron's Tories point to isolation (Financial Times) If the Tories win the election, they will find themselves oddly isolated from mainstream conservatism in both the US and Europe, writes Gideon Rachman. David Cameron's decision to distance his party from the US has left it without any coherent focus for its foreign policy. Read the CommentPlus summary. 2. Gordon Brown must now tell the voters why they deserve more of him (Daily Telegraph) It is not enough for Brown to offer a demolition of the opposition's economic policies, writes Mary Riddell; he needs to create a sense of optimism. He should begin by promising not to raise VAT. 3. Thirteen years on, New Labour has come full circle (Times) Like the Conservatives in 1997, Labour has decided to pursue a strategy of fear, not hope, writes Rachel Sylvester. It is the Tories whose theme will be "Things can only get better". Read the CommentPlus summary. 4. Hacks and the Yard? We're still asking (Guardian) Scotland Yard has gone to extraordinary lengths to suppress evidence of the phone-hacking scandal at the News of the World, says Nick Davies. But despite the Yard's attempt to mislead the public and the press, the questions will not go away. 5. Obama's 21st-century world order (Independent) Barack Obama's instinct in devising foreign policy reflects an unusual ability to see the other side's point of view, writes Mary Dejevsky. By abolishing talk of the "axis of evil" and appealing directly to Iranians, he has made it harder to demonise the US. 6. South Africa will survive the killing of a neofascist -- like in 1994 (Guardian) The murder of Eugene Terre'Blanche will not be the spark for a race war, writes Gillian Slovo. His Afrikaner Resistance Movement suffered an irreparable defeat at the time of the 1994 election. 7. An amazing Afrikaner -- wrong about everything (Times) Elsewhere, Hugo Rifkind says that Terre'Blanche may have exploited the language of a segregationist, but he was actually something far worse -- a racial supremacist. Read the CommentPlus summary. 8. Israel knows apartheid has no future (Financial Times) After decades of illegally occupying Palestinian land, Israeli leaders are finally acknowledging reality, writes Mustafa Barghouthi. Read the CommentPlus summary. 9. I wish I'd had the NI policy to call on as a Tory candidate (Independent) The former Tory MP Michael Brown says that although the party's pledge to reverse Labour's planned National Insurance increase may be dodgy economics, it is also smart politics. The Tories have armed their candidates with the ammunition they will need on the doorstep. Read the CommentPlus summary. 10. The election for change (Times) In a special full-length editorial, the Times sets out the changes it wants to see in Britain over the next five years. Read the CommentPlus summary. Sign up now to CommentPlus for the pick of the day's opinion, comment and analysis in your inbox at 8am, every weekday. › Web Only: the best of the blogs From only £1 per week Subscribe More Related articles The Fire Brigades Union reaffiliates to Labour - what does it mean? John Gray on the future of the state on the NS Podcast Could Labour lose the Oldham by-election?