The Staggers 7 January 2012 Morning Call: pick of the papers Ten must-read pieces from this morning's papers. Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up 1. Ed Miliband - "I always knew it was going to be a fight" (Guardian) A wide-ranging interview in which the Labour leader takes on his critics after a wobbly start to the year. 2. Why have a House of Lords if there's not a single Lord left in it? (Telegraph) Charles Moore pours cold water over the prospect and principle of constitutional reform of the upper chamber of parliament. 3. Pocket money will still endure in 2012 (Financial Times) "Undercover Economist" Tim Harford takes a sceptical look at the impact of government cuts on household finances. 4. Labour - roll up your sleeves and demolish these howlers (Guardian) An urgent plea from Polly Toynbee to the opposition to fight the government without making compromising lurches to the right. 5. Too easily seduced by the glamour of high-speed rail (Independent) Leading article argues that planned investment in a new high-tech rail link across the Midlands would be better spent on something else. 6. Britain's industrial legacy lives on (Financial Times) Leading article argues there is more potential in the UK manufacturing sector than commonly thought, but it needs government help to be fully realised. 7. Balls may be right but the voters don't care (Independent) Andrew Grice is unpersuaded by the idea that the public will eventually reward the shadow Chancellor for having had the most perceptive macroeconomic analysis all along. 8. Like the financial bubble, implants will burst (Times) Janice Turner depicts the recent growth in under-regulated cosmetic surgery as an extension of the credit-fuelled delusions of the great economic boom. 9. Blair, Brown, Major will all be forgotton, but the world is in awe of the grocer's daughter from Grantham (Daily Mail) Delirious, gushing hagiography of Margaret Thatcher by Dominic Sandbrook. 10. I'm claiming the prize for how to break up the euro (Telegraph) Jeremy Warner offers a technical solution to what might prove one of the most pressing policy challenges of the next few years › "Divide and rule"? Diane Abbott was right, says Laurie Penny Subscribe For daily analysis & more political coverage from Westminster and beyond subscribe for just £1 per month!