The Staggers 18 March 2010 CommentPlus: pick of the papers The ten must-read pieces from this morning's papers. Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up 1. An assault on unions is an attack on democracy itself (Guardian) The Conservatives' attempt to smear the trade unions is an absurd attempt to turn the current crisis of corporate legitimacy into a crisis of union legitimacy, argues Seumas Milne. Read the CommentPlus summary 2. Unite doesn't run Labour -- it can't even run itself (Independent) Meanwhile, the Independent's Steve Richards says the belief that Unite has seized control of the Labour Party ignores the truth: that this is a union which rarely speaks or acts with one voice. Read the CommentPlus summary 3. Stand by, and watch 1992 happen all over again (Times) Next week's Budget is as much a test for the Tories as one for the government, writes Anatole Kaletsky. If David Cameron and George Osborne misjudge their response, they could scupper their chances in the same way as Neil Kinnock and John Smith destroyed Labour's in 1992. Read the CommentPlus summary 4. The buccaneering spirit will prevail (Daily Telegraph) Cameron's fighting performance this week has put Labour on the back foot again, writes Benedict Brogan. A free-flowing campaign focused on the party leaders could prove Gordon Brown's undoing. Read the CommentPlus summary 5. This Lib Dem myth (Guardian) The belief that left-leaning voters will feel happier in the Liberal Democrats ignores the party's rightward shift, argues Tim Horton. Nick Clegg's tax plans would give more to the affluent middle classes than to the poorest. 6. Obama won't restrain Israel -- he can't (Independent) Given the strength of the Israel lobby and Washington's strategic relationship with Tel Aviv, Barack Obama has no hope of preventing Binyamin Netanyahu's illegal settlement expansion, says Rupert Cornwell. 7. Poverty blights the dream of Hong Kong (Financial Times) The territory's tradition of small government and belief in the free market has left it with the worst income inequality in Asia, writes David Pilling. 8. Why do the Tories want to be the heirs to Blair? (Daily Mail) The Tories will not succeed by trying to ape Tony Blair, writes Stephen Glover. The public no longer shares their infatuation with the former prime minister. 9. Needed: a peaceful anti-Netanyahu uprising (Times) Malcolm Rifkind argues that Israel needs a peaceful, democratic revolution to re-create a government with a genuine commitment to a two-state solution. Read the CommentPlus summary 10. A messiah can't do it. To reshape the world, the US must first reform itself (Guardian) The biggest problem for American foreign policy is a conservative Congress, writes Timothy Garton Ash. If Obama's foreign policy is to prove effective, he must reform political finance and curb the lobbyists. Read the CommentPlus summary Sign up now to CommentPlus for the pick of the day's opinion, comment and analysis in your inbox at 8am. › In Coward country Subscribe For daily analysis & more political coverage from Westminster and beyond subscribe for just £1 per month!