The Staggers 1 October 2013 Morning Call: pick of the papers The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers. Print HTML 1. Why my father loved Britain (Daily Mail) The Daily Mail sometimes claims it stands for the best of British values of decency, writes Ed Miliband. But something has really gone wrong when it attacks the family of a politician. 2. The Conservatives face a battle of ideas and are not sure how to win it (Independent) Ed Miliband has laid down an ideological challenge, and voters seem pleased, writes Steve Richards. 3. How things could go right in Middle East (Financial Times) A region given to crushing optimism might be showing its brighter side, says Gideon Rachman. 4. The incredible shrinking Tory party (Guardian) The attendance figures for the Conservative party conference tell a tale of how David Cameron lost his core membership and let the bankers in, writes Aditya Chakrabortty. 5. Cameron is betting that Britain is still a country of grown-ups (Daily Telegraph) The Prime Minister hopes that the public will realise that "vote Ukip, get Miliband" is no longer an idle threat, writes Benedict Brogan. 6. Tories must balance the tough with the tender (Times) Vintage policies on welfare and immigration will not win unless there is action too on jobs and housing, writes Rachel Sylvester. 7. Who will vote for George Osborne's even nastier economic medicine now? (Guardian) Forever dogged by his tax cut for the rich, the chancellor struggles to be believed when he says the country will recover together, says Polly Toynbee. 8. The Tories will get serious with populism (Financial Times) The Conservatives will seek credibility as a riposte to UKIP and Labour, writes Janan Ganesh. 9. Merkel may rock the boat and turn Green (Financial Times) The German leader has what it takes to break with the past, writes Stephan Richter. 10. A pact with angry old Ukip would be disastrous for the Conservative party (Guardian) Europe is not a major issue for voters, writes Nick Herbert. We must focus on the things that matter most: the economy and living standards. › Miliband's defence of his father against the Daily Mail is a defining moment Subscribe More Related articles A simple U-Turn may not be enough to get the Conservatives out of their tax credit mess “It's nothing radical”: Jeremy Corbyn supporters on why his politics are just common sense Why is the government charging more women for selling sex but turning a blind eye to buyers?