The Staggers 7 February 2012 Morning Call: pick of the papers The ten must-read pieces from this morning's newspapers. Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up 1. From Washington this looks like Syria's 'Benghazi moment'. But not from here (Independent) Robert Fisk discusses the situation in Syria: Look east and what does Bashar see? Iran standing with him and Iraq refusing to impose sanctions. 2. Syria between two massacres: Hama's memory endures (Guardian) As Syrians find their voice to mark the 1982 massacre, says Wadah Khanfar, their resolve to overthrow this brutal regime is clear. 3. Great expectations? No. Hard times? Yes. Enter Miliband Snr (Daily Telegraph) The former foreign secretary's blueprint to help a lost generation must be taken seriously, says Mary Riddell. 4. Is Lansley the exception to the no-sacking policy? (Times) (£) The botched NHS reforms could destroy the Tories at the next election. What they need is a new health secretary, says Rachel Sylvester. 5. The way to cut bonuses: scrap public subsidies for banks (Financial Times) The public interest in bankers' bonuses lies in the fact that taxpayers underwrite them, says Philip Stephens. 6. The right's stupidity spreads, enabled by a too-polite left (Guardian) Conservativism may be the refuge of the dim, says George Monbiot. But the room for rightwing ideas is made by those too timid to properly object. 7. All is revealed in Gingrich's fantasy fiction (Times) (£) The Republican contender is a novelist -- who knew? But, Ben Macintyre explains, his stories are less 'what if' history than 'so what' history. 8. The ice is cracking under Putin (Financial Times) While nobody is talking of a Moscow spring, there is a definite thaw, says Gideon Rachman. 9. If India doesn't want it, why are we still giving them money? (Independent) David Cameron's decision to maintain our overseas aid budget was intensely political, says Dominic Lawson. 10. Derailing Bonuses (Times) (£) Network Rail executives have bowed to public pressure over bonuses. This highlights the need to sort out its status, says this leading article. › Keeping faith with the state: a reply to David Miliband Subscribe For daily analysis & more political coverage from Westminster and beyond subscribe for just £1 per month!