The Staggers 11 January 2013 Morning Call: pick of the papers The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers. Print HTML 1. Talk of ‘shirkers’ echoes Victorian past (Financial Times) If for Beveridge the welfare state was a vehicle for social solidarity, this government uses it as a partisan dividing line, writes Tristram Hunt. 2. Assad could still hold power in Damascus a year from now (Independent) The rebel insistence that Assad’s departure be a precondition for talks is unrealistic since he controls most of the Syrian population, says Patrick Cockburn. 3. The Tories have a moral mission – and David Cameron should say so (Daily Telegraph) After Labour’s failures, Conservative reforms are about saving lives rather than money, writes Fraser Nelson. 4. US pivot gives Europe an opportunity (Financial Times) Atlanticist nominations offer the continent a chance to break free of euro-crisis introversion, says Philip Stephens. 5. Britain and the EU: Europe's lost voices (Guardian) Pro-Europeans should shed their anxieties, says a Guardian editorial. Voices that have been silent for too long need to make themselves heard. 6. Our interests come first, not those of America (Daily Telegraph) The United States wants Britain to stay in the European Union for its benefit - not ours, says a Telegraph editorial. 7. A long way to go in our response to sex crimes (Independent) Weaknesses in the police and criminal justice systems are only part of the problem, says an Independent editorial. 8. Grayling takes one step forward, then one giant step back (Guardian) The reform of the probation services and closing of creaking Victorian prisons are welcome – but the plan for new mega-jails is a disaster, says Ian Birrell. 9. To do or not to do – that is the PM’s question (Times) (£) If David Cameron wants to win in 2015 he must find a big problem to take on, says Philip Collins. Championing care of the elderly fits the bill. 10. Europe offers the best deal for Britain (Guardian) Britain's future in Europe must be defined by its national interests, not those of the Conservative Party, says Menzies Campbell. › The coalition needs to improve the quality of childcare, not just the cost 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?