The Staggers 6 January 2014 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. Mute the Anglo-Saxon trumpeting (Financial Times) Higher US growth cannot mask that this is its weakest recovery on record, writes Edward Luce. Ditto for the UK. 2. The left is too silent on the clunking fist of state power (Guardian) Government's role is vital, but an arrogant and centralised state is as big a problem as the out-of-control market, writes John Harris. 3. Voters won't back Dave if his troops act like losers (Daily Mail) The Tories should remember that optimism is usually more attractive than pessimism, writes Peter McKay. 4. What must Cameron do to win? (Daily Telegraph) If the next general election is a rerun of past contests, how can the Tories emulate the triumph of 1992 and avoid the pitfalls of 2005, asks James Kirkup. 5. A ‘triple lock’ on state pensions is absurdly generous (Times) The government should forget its obsession with the grey vote, says Ross Clark. 6. US must avoid secular stagnation (Financial Times) We must take this chance to renew our infrastructure, writes Larry Summers. 7. Food banks handing out smaller parcels to meet demand means there's no excuses for Ed Miliband (Daily Mirror) Deserting Tory voters and drastically falling living standards means Labour must prove their credibility, says Kevin Maguire. 8. We need new solutions for governing this disunited kingdom (Guardian) Calls for the break-up of the UK are nothing new, says Linda Colley. A hundred years ago, Ireland was seeking self-determination. 9. Germany started the Great War, but the Left can’t bear to say so (Daily Telegraph) In this centennial year, it’s more important than ever that we treat the truth with respect, says Boris Johnson. 10. Bill Gates preaches the aid gospel, but is he just a hypocrite? (Guardian) The world's richest man is seen as a secular saint, writes Ian Birrell. But he should question the example Microsoft is setting by avoiding tax. › Cameron hands Labour an attack line by hinting the 45p tax rate could be cut Subscribe For daily analysis & more political coverage from Westminster and beyond subscribe for just £1 per month!