Politics 18 December 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. Miliband's challenge is to prove he can do without Santanomics? (Daily Telegraph) Labour’s hopes depend on whether Ed the house-builder can also reconstruct the state, says Mary Riddell. 2. Why does Wonga even exist? It's a question no one on the left asks (Guardian) Reining in payday loan firms is seen as the only 'realistic' way to tackle poverty, writes Zoe Williams. It's beyond depressing. 3. Do we really want the state to run politics? (Times) If taxpayers fund parties it won’t be long before quangoes control what politicians can say and do, writes Daniel Finkelstein. 4. Whether or not it's Heathrow, airport expansion is just another glamorous project for the rich (Guardian) David Cameron's Heathrow U-turn capitulated to the toughest corporate lobby of our times and its claims of what's best for 'UK plc', writes Simon Jenkins. 5. Britain should not have a two-child policy (Times) Tories want to cut benefits for large families but we need more children to support our ageing population, says Alice Thomson. 6. The sad and puzzling story of Abbas Khan, the British doctor found dead in Syrian jail (Independent) What prompted the death of a man whose life was more valuable to Assad than any other foreigner’s in Syria, asks Robert Fisk. 7. Aviation: asking where before why (Guardian) Stagnation has made politicians, and perhaps voters, desperate for anything that sounds like it might turn on the economic jets, says a Guardian editorial. 8. Why Abenomics will disappoint (Financial Times) Signs are that deflation can be beaten but hopes for faster trend economic growth are optimistic, writes Martin Wolf. 9. The real gift to the younger generation this year would be solving the productivity puzzle (Independent) This week highlights the financial stretch between wanting everyone to have a good time and worrying about the cost of it all, writes Hamish McRae. 10. Cameron’s losing proposition in Europe (Financial Times) The PM should focus on reform, not repatriation, says Charles Grant. › The Guardian’s Christmas card: you’re a ho Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles It's too early to declare Ukip dead The Brexiteers' response to John Major shows their dangerous complacency Northern Ireland's election: Will Arlene Foster pay the price for a domestic scandal?