Politics 19 February 2013 Morning Call: pick of the papers The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers. Sign up for our weekly email * Print HTML 1. So you think you know why Blair went to war? (Independent) Being seen as Bush’s poodle was much safer than being accused of anti-Americanism, writes Steve Richards. 2. Ed Miliband needs to strike home on the mansion tax (Daily Mirror) The red dividing lines of the 2015 general election are being drawn and the Tories are positioning themselves as defenders of privilege, says Kevin Maguire. 3. Disarmed Europe will face the world alone (Financial Times) One day Europeans may find that the US military is not there to deal with threats lapping at their frontiers, writes Gideon Rachman. 4. How to turn a housing crisis into a homeless catastrophe (Guardian) From Westminster to Hull, the bedroom tax is proving to be the ultra-sharp end of three decades of failure to build, says Polly Toynbee. 5. Never mind the rich and poor, what about the middle classes? (Daily Telegraph) In America, the middle classes are the most courted group in politics, writes Benedict Brogan. But here they have been erased from the debate. 6. Legalising drugs would be the perfect Tory policy (Guardian) It would save money, aid global security and be tough on crime, writes Ian Birrell. What could appeal to Conservatives more? 7. Supply matters – but so does demand (Financial Times) The UK needs more innovation, infrastructure and skills, write Robert Skidelsky and Marcus Miller. 8. Manic activity makes for bad government (Daily Telegraph) David Cameron and the Conservatives should embrace 'masterly inactivity’ – it often yields better results, says George Bridges. 9. A Slippery Slope (Times) A political bidding war over the mansion tax will inevitably end in higher property charges for the middle classes, says a Times editorial. 10. David Cameron should beware this war on ‘soft’ judges (Independent) The Prime Minister must be watching Theresa May's manoeuvres with mixed feelings, says an Independent editorial. › Review: The Judas Kiss Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles What the debate over troops on the streets is missing The problems with ending encryption to fight terrorism How long will general election campaigning be suspended after the Manchester attack?