The Staggers 16 February 2011 Morning Call: 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. A better way to push democracy, but the west's love-bombing has risks too (Guardian) If the west backs dissenters too loudly, it allows a regime to cast them as foreign agents and traitors, writes Jonathan Freedland. 2. Mervyn King panics and recession beckons (Times) (£) The governor of the Bank of England's determination to raise interest rates will kill growth, warns Anatole Kaletsky. 3. Who cares for the elderly? (Daily Telegraph) We need to completely rethink the way we view the older generation, says Joan Bakewell as a former voice of older people. 4. Obama, too, is forced down the austerity road (Independent) We cannot rule out the possibility of the US refusing to honour all or part of its foreign debts, writes Hamish McRae. 5. Public projects obscured by private finance (Financial Times) The UK government should adopt simpler outsourcing structures, says John Kay. 6. The new breed of maverick Tory MPs (Guardian) Tory backbenchers see themselves first and foremost as constituency champions and only second as party animals, writes Paul Goodman. 7. AV is a recipe for coalitions – reason enough to vote "No" (Daily Telegraph) David Cameron has more pressing problems at the moment than his sop to the Lib Dems, argues Simon Heffer. 8. We have forgotten our duty to the old (Daily Mail) The very sick and the elderly either don't want to make a decision, or can't, writes Jenni Murray. They just want to be well looked after. 9. The cure for an ailing, ageing NHS is to cut it down to size (Guardian) Since its nationalisation, the health service has defied sensible pruning, writes Simon Jenkins. Losing 24,000 backroom staff would be a start. 10. Ecuador: finally, the polluter is commanded to pay (Independent) This ruling could be a sign that poorer countries are no longer prepared to be a dumping ground, says an Independent leader. › Web Only: the best of the blogs Subscribe For daily analysis & more political coverage from Westminster and beyond subscribe for just £1 per month!