The Staggers 19 October 2012 Morning Call: pick of the papers The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers. Print HTML 1. Rather than prices, David Cameron should fix the energy mess (Guardian) If a Tory prime minister can 'pass a law' on utility bills, then he can make a decision on where our power should come from, writes Simon Jenkins. 2. Brexit: Europe loses patience with London (Financial Times) There have been many crises in the UK’s relationship with the EU, but this one feels different, writes Philip Stephens. 3. Elected police commissioners: a criminal waste of a good idea (Daily Telegraph) Directly electing police commissioners was an arresting idea screwed up by our political masters, writes Fraser Nelson. 4. Britain does not have to accept stagnation (Financial Times) There is no reason to persist with a flawed strategy and ignore other ideas, says Martin Wolf. 5. Today’s top jobs are too big for anyone (Independent) Perhaps some bodies – the Bank of England, the BBC – are too complex to be managed successfully by any single individual, writes Mary Dejevsky. 6. Of all the wild Tory dogma, this cut-price baby farming is the worst (Guardian) Liz Truss's plans for childcare on the cheap will undo all the progress Labour achieved on early-years education, says Polly Toynbee. 7. John Bercow has not kept his word on MPs’ expenses (Daily Telegraph) If Parliament has cleaned up its act, the Speaker should not be suppressing information, says a Daily Telegraph leader. 8. Energy prices and a coalition shambles (Daily Mail) If David Cameron wishes to restore the government’s reputation for competence, he is going a peculiar way about it, says a Daily Mail editorial. 9. The Big Society comes naturally to America (Times) (£) Welfare may be a dirty word in the US but community spirit and generosity fill the gap, writes Alexandra Frean. 10. Syria's future lies in ruins (Guardian) To mourn Syria's devastated archaeological and architectural heritage may seem trivial, writes William Dalrymple. Yet with it die precious traditions. › Quote of the Day From only £1 per week Subscribe More Related articles 7 problems with the Snooper’s Charter, according to the experts The buck doesn't stop with Grant Shapps - and probably shouldn't stop with Lord Feldman, either The Fire Brigades Union reaffiliates to Labour - what does it mean?