The Staggers 20 December 2011 Morning Call: pick of the papers The ten must-read pieces from today, including Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up 1. Can Kim Jong-un be North Korea's Deng Xiaoping? (Guardian) The death of Kim Jong-il recalls Mao's, writes Isabel Hilton. But China, unlike paranoid North Korea, opted for the path of reform. 2. Farewell to a dumb war in Iraq (Financial Times) In sharp contrast to the Bush era, it is European nations that want more confrontational policies in the Middle East, writes Gideon Rachman. 3. The party leader who dares will win the battle over politics of the soul (Daily Telegraph) Ed Miliband defined a 'good society' but David Cameron has taken the higher moral ground, argues Mary Riddell. 4. Why wait eight years to reform the banks? (Daily Mail) For once, Mr Osborne should listen to the egregious Mr Balls - and stop dragging his feet, argues a Daily Mail leader. 5. His jokes fall flat, but could Ed have the last laugh? (Independent) Like a new band playing a stadium tour, he has hits that his indiscriminately belligerent critics ignore, writes Steve Richards. 6. This bastardised libertarianism makes 'freedom' an instrument of oppression (Guardian) It's the disguise used by those who wish to exploit without restraint, denying the need for the state to protect the 99%, says George Monbiot. 7. A torrid affair has become a loveless marriage (Financial Times) With trust gone, the UK coalition is now much more a transactional affair, writes Philip Stephens. 8. Slap a RASBO on those antisocial super-rich (Times) (£) Those on the right as well as the left are incensed at the behaviour of an overclass that operates by its own rules, says Rachel Sylvester. 9. Now we need China's help even more (Independent) Beijing is anxious to avoid the emergence of a united Korea, allied to the US, writes Jonathan Fenby. 10. What are the benefits of staying in the European Union? (Daily Telegraph) The Lords are right to consider a cost-benefit analysis of Britain's EU membership, argues Philip Johnston. › Richard Dawkins: The tyranny of the discontinuous mind Subscribe For daily analysis & more political coverage from Westminster and beyond subscribe for just £1 per month!