Politics 9 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. Ed, you can’t remain a Medium-Sized Beast (Times) (£) The Labour leader is surrounded by grumblers. He needs to wield the knife and assert himself as leader of the pack, writes Rafael Behr. 2. Our sepia-tinted self-image is consoling, but it hinders NHS change more than anything else (Independent) In its organisation and buildings, it is stuck in several time-warps and only the philosophy – a universal service, free at the point of delivery – remains valid, argues Mary Dejevsky. 3. Britain's booming population is a blessing, not a curse (Guardian) The birth rate, at its highest for 40 years, is a great opportunity for our economy and wellbeing – if we make the right choices, says Polly Toynbee. 4. How Jeremy Hunt is following head boy Michael Gove’s lead (Telegraph) The Health Secretary’s intolerance of failure in the NHS is inspired by the Education Secretary’s example, writes Isabel Hardman. 5. Cameron delights delegates with Lib Dem jokes (Daily Mail) Prince William, Liz Hurley and David Cameron all make a showing in Ephraim Hardcastle's diary. 6. Focus on inflation, Mr Carney. Nothing else (Times) Disaster follows when interest rates are set to control the exchange rate or unemployment, says Steve Davies. 7. Give David Cameron his due for unleashing Tory animal spirits (Telegraph) The Conservative Party’s fortunes are improving, but its leader’s critics remain hobbled by the past, writes Bruce Anderson. 8. The west’s errors in Afghanistan – strategic, political and military – are too legion to list (FT) (£) The west’s errors in Afghanistan – strategic, political and military – are too legion to list, says Philip Stevens. 9. Britain's hypocrisy towards Nigeria (Guardian) Rather than open our doors to this potential superpower, we bar invited guests and throw money at its kleptocratic elite, says Ian Birrell. 10. Cameron has a point: negative coverage for social media can prove disastrous (Independent) Users have woken up to the power of the boycott. These sites may be free to use, but if they lose users, they will also lose advertising revenue, writes Natalie Haynes. › Berlusconi's defenders reveal their contempt for democracy Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles Douglas Carswell leaves Ukip to become independent MP Labour is a pioneer in fighting sexism. That doesn't mean there's no sexism in Labour Why isn't Labour putting forward Corbynite candidates?