The Staggers 4 February 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. So Michael Gove, want state schools like private ones? Fine – if you can spare half the English countryside (Guardian) Gove's prescription for state schools – and his crusade against the educational establishment – is driven by an instinct for good headlines, not evidence of what works, says Peter Wilby. 2. Michael Gove is on a political journey. And people he once took with him – like Sally Morgan – are now being left behind (Independent) Gove's move signals the end of the Tory modernisers' dream, says Steve Richards. 3. The future belongs to the emerging markets (Financial Times) Just as the west has emerged from crisis before, the newcomer economies will return to growth, writes Gideon Rachman. 4. Lisa Jardine is the latest woman gone in the Tory bonfire of the quangos (Guardian) Putting (male, Tory donor) stooges in charge of regulatory bodies is a corruption of government, says Polly Toynbee. It must stop. 5. David Cameron’s choice – to stand firm, or dance to Ukip’s tune (Daily Telegraph) The voters will appreciate a politician who will not let himself be defined by those who want to entrap him, and destroy him, says Benedict Brogan. 6. Everyone could lose from Scotland’s vote (Financial Times) If Scots catch the smell of fear drifting north, they may vote mischievously, writes Michael Portillo. 7. In America’s long war on drugs – drugs won (Times) Even conservatives are worried about the cost of prohibition in a country addicted to spending, writes Justin Webb. 8. How to tackle the hoarding of houses in 'Billionaires Row' (Guardian) Britain is in the middle of a housing crisis, with thousands of people sleeping rough, writes Aditya Chakrabortty. We should use the tax system to penalise under-occupation. 9. Gove needs to make peace as well as war (Times) The Education Secretary has alienated his own supporters as well as the "Blob" that he blames for failing schools, writes Rachel Sylvester. 10. We are seeing the makings of a welcome return to privately owned banks. Prosperity, however, is another matter (Independent) The strength of the labor market is largely due to the weakness of wages, notes an Independent leader. › Education’s Berlin Wall: the private schools conundrum Subscribe For daily analysis & more political coverage from Westminster and beyond subscribe for just £1 per month!