The Staggers 11 February 2013 Morning Call: pick of the papers The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers. Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up 1. Mid Staffs report is right: NHS targets went too far (Guardian) Without being knee-jerk or top-down, Labour must learn lessons from the failings at Stafford hospital, says Andy Burnham. 2. US must do more than focus on deficit (Financial Times) A broader, growth-centred agenda is needed to propel the economy, says Lawrence Summers. 3. What a tragedy that we couldn't stop the war in Iraq despite marching in our thousands (Independent) Forget the expenses scandal: it was Iraq that exploded what trust millions had in our political establishment, says Owen Jones. But the real anguish lies elsewhere. 4. Tories must keep talking about family values (Times) Ructions over gay marriage are no excuse for retreat, says Tim Montgomerie. Update social conservatism, don’t abandon it. 5. Barack Obama is pushing gun control at home, but he's a killer abroad (Guardian) President Obama's appeals to respect human life in the US are at odds with his backing for drone strikes in foreign parts, writes Gary Younge. 6. This still won't pay the bills for elderly care (Independent) It has to be asked whether ministers have not taken the coward's way out, says an Independent editorial. 7. Care, inheritance and penalising the thrifty (Daily Mail) Not only has George Osborne held the inheritance tax threshold at £325,000 since the election, he now reportedly wants it frozen for another five years, notes a Daily Mail editorial. 8. They love horse meat in France, so why do we turn our noses up? (Daily Telegraph) It’s all down to taboo, mankind’s way of defining ourselves and avoiding chaos, writes Boris Johnson. 9. Cut off NHS head to save the patient (Sun) Since NHS head David Nicholson refuses to do the decent thing, the Prime Minister must do it for him, says Trevor Kavanagh. 10. Scotland: Britain's real referendum (Guardian) Bit by bit the arguments and terrain for the 2014 referendum vote are taking sharper shape, says a Guardian editorial. › Beyond superheroes: how creators can own comics Subscribe For daily analysis & more political coverage from Westminster and beyond subscribe for just £1 per month!