1. Clegg might be a pantomime act, but Cameron gave him the role (Daily Telegraph)
The Prime Minister is reaping the fallout from his generosity to Lib Dems after the election, says Iain Martin.
2. Stakes are unbearably high for Salmond and Cameron (Independent)
Were Scotland's First Minister to win the referendum on independence, it would be a devastating blow to the PM's authority, says Steve Richards.
3. Yes, but can we really imagine what it’s like? (Times) (£)
Being disabled is not heroic, as images from the Paralympics suggest, writes David Aaronovitch. We need empathy with the ordinary grind.
4. Republicans can end 15 years of US stupidity (Financial Times)
For the first time a VP selection has changed the campaign, writes Conrad Black.
5. Marikana is a turning point (Guardian)
The brutal exposure of South Africa's inequality may at last shock the governing elite out of its complacency, says William Gumede.
6. Lift-off from Heathrow is a flight of fancy (Daily Telegraph)
Tim Yeo's outburst has strengthened Justine Greening's position, says Sue Cameron.
7. Don’t make wealth tax a habit (Financial Times)
The Treasury can only pull off limited tricks of this kind, writes Howard Davies.
With Vince Cable having said he is available, it seems the only question is when, not if, the party decides to oust its leader, writes Martin Kettle.
9. Clegg's risible display of student politics (Daily Mail)
The Deputy PM is hoping that a pathetic appeal to the politics of envy will please his activists and put distance between himself and the Tories, says a Daily Mail editorial.
10. It's not rhetoric to draw parallels with Nazism (Independent)
Actual fascists in actual black shirts are waving swastikas and murdering ethnic minorities in Athens, writes Laurie Penny.