The Staggers 20 February 2013 Morning Call: pick of the papers The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers. Print HTML 1. Who’ll be left standing when the Tories’ secret weapon goes bang? (Daily Telegraph) Labour needs to up its game on immigration and welfare to see off Lynton Crosby’s threat, says Mary Riddell. 2. Real Conservatives cut spending before taxes (Times) Bold Budget measures being urged on the Chancellor will lose money in the short term, writes Daniel Finkelstein. Ask Margaret Thatcher. 3. Why the euro crisis is not yet over (Financial Times) If all members of the eurozone would rejoin happily today, they would be extreme masochists, says Martin Wolf. 4. How George Osborne is now being muzzled by his own watchdog (Daily Mail) The OBR provides the lesson that top economists are no wiser in making predictions than the man next to you in the saloon bar, says Andrew Alexander. 5. Forget fairness. This mansion tax is ideological cowardice (Guardian) A fair extension of the council tax would be easy, lucrative, progressive – and anathema to people like Balls and Cable, says Simon Jenkins. 6. Europe needs Cameron’s tough love (Financial Times) Determination to reform the bloc is in the interests of the whole continent, writes Andrew Mitchell. 7. The price we will pay for dithering on energy (Daily Telegraph) For a decade and more, Britain has failed to treat energy provision as a priority - and we are further from fixing the problem than ever, says a Telegraph editorial. 8. Hilary Mantel: bring up the royal bodies (Guardian) The lecture was not an attack on the Duchess of Cambridge but a thoughtful and sympathetic reflection on royal woman down the ages, says a Guardian editorial. 9. From banks to the 'big six' energy companies - more capitalism, not less of it, is the answer (Independent) As the world is getting more prosperous, the western share of wealth is declining, writes Ian Birell. It's a new world order and we must get used to it. 10. Think there's no alternative? Latin America has a few (Guardian) Not only have leaders from Ecuador to Venezuela delivered huge social gains – they keep winning elections too, writes Seumas Milne. › 4G auction raises £1bn less than expected 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?