Politics 27 August 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. Only a peace conference, not air strikes, can stop further bloodshed (Independent) The US and Russia should force their respective allies to at least agree to a ceasefire, writes Patrick Cockburn. 2. The hand-wringing has to stop. We must act (Times) If we do not intervene to support freedom and democracy in Egypt and Syria, the Middle East faces catastrophe, says Tony Blair. 3. America’s Middle East alliances are cracking (Financial Times) Policy rested on five crucial players but these are pulling in different directions, says Gideon Rachman. 4. Immature advisers, moral indignation and the folly of wading into this bloody morass (Daily Mail) Unfortunately, for the cause of justice and truth, loose talk about morality is a luxury grown-up governments cannot often afford to indulge, writes Max Hastings. 5. Don't bet against Ed Miliband doing a Mo Farah in 2015 (Guardian) Middle East in turmoil, two key referendums and a fragile recovery mean Ed can still go for gold at the next election, writes Jackie Ashley. 6. Living standards - too big an issue for politics (Financial Times) Westminster struggles with the reality that wage stagnation is not a peculiarly British difficulty, writes Janan Ganesh. 7. By crossing Obama’s red line, Assad has forced the US to act (Daily Telegraph) For the world’s good, America’s credibility as a superpower must be maintained, writes David Blair. 8. None of the experts saw India's debt bubble coming. Sound familiar? (Guardian) India's economic problems reflect a global boom-to-bust pattern, writes Jayati Ghosh. Why do policymakers act surprised? 9. The Right Track? (Times) The government needs a more resilient case on the costs and benefits of HS2, says a Times editorial. 10. Bric wall: A slowdown in emerging markets could threaten the global recovery (Independent) A significant slump in the developing world would have knock-on effects, notes an Independent editorial. › Breaking Bad series 5, episode 11: The last nail in the coffin Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles The public like radical policies, but they aren't so keen on radical politicians Theresa May dodges difficult questions about social care and NHS in Andrew Neil interview Why is Labour surging in Wales?