The Staggers 23 March 2012 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. Margaret Thatcher's biggest debt was to Argentina's navy (Guardian) If not for Alfredo Astiz, 30 years ago Britain would have lost the Falkland Islands and Thatcher her political career, says Simon Jenkins. 2. Those hard Tory heads and hearts are back (Times) (£) Not only is the 50p tax cut indefensible, but the Chancellor's cuts are grossly unfair in their effect on the poor, argues Philip Collins. 3. France is a deeply racist country, and Toulouse will only make that worse (Independent) The French have transferred their resentments from Jews to Arabs, says Adrian Hamilton. 4. Chancellors cross the elderly at their peril (Daily Mail) Osborne is blithely ignorant of the pain the elderly have suffered in the past few years, says a Daily Mail editorial. 5. Osborne gets bolder with each Budget - but it's still not enough (Daily Telegraph) The Chancellor's slow-motion cuts are dragging out the austerity process, says Fraser Nelson. 6. A budget for Tory blowhards and Redwood dreamers (Guardian) Forget mugging grannies, George Osborne's 50p rate gamble reveals a naked yearning for the glory days of Thatcher, writes Polly Toynbee. 7. Osborne's 'granny tax' does not go far enough (Financial Times) Pensioners have had an easy recession so far, writes Tim Leunig. 8. Hague could learn from Operation Babylon (Daily Telegraph) Israel's 1981 bombing raid on Iraq's nuclear reactor has echoes for the Middle East today, says Azriel Bermant. 9. Obama gets the conservative vote (Financial Times) The Republicans are trailing in places where they have traditionally had a strong edge - both home and abroad, writes Philip Stephens 10. The British high street is dead - let's celebrate (Guardian) Most town centres are boring clones, and the closure of large retailers will open up creative space for quirky start-ups, writes Wayne Hemingway. › The men who stare at Jon Ronson Subscribe For daily analysis & more political coverage from Westminster and beyond subscribe for just £1 per month!