The Games showed this country’s diverse identity in its very best light, made and re-made by natives and strangers through sheer determination, writes Yasmin Alibhai-Brown.
2. Give John Major the credit he's due (Guardian)
As we celebrate Team GB's Olympic success, spare a thought for the 'unknown prime minister' who made it possible, says Geoffrey Wheatcroft.
3. Not a Palin, but still a gamble: meet Paul Ryan (Times) (£)
Mitt Romney’s running-mate will make the election a contest between two visions, not just a referendum on Obama, writes Tim Montgomerie.
4. A principled but doomed running mate (Financial Times)
Ryan represents a big step in the direction of conservative honesty, writes Jacob Weisberg.
5. London and Team GB – take a bow. You’ve dazzled the world (Daily Telegraph)
This glorious festival hasn’t changed us, but it has shown just what we’re capable of, says Boris Johnson.
6. GB shows we can truly excel (Sun)
As a nation we can win gold as a global trading nation freed from the tentacles of European bureaucracy, says Trevor Kavanagh.
7. Cameron must now embrace the spirit of the Games (Independent)
The Olympics should inspire the PM to be bold – and to return to the themes of the Big Society, says Ian Birrell.
8. Our new approach to aid is a worthy legacy (Daily Telegraph)
We must harness the Olympic spirit to stop hunger blighting the lives of millions, argues Michael Howard.
9. Assad’s fall presents Turkey with another dilemma (Financial Times)
Erdogan’s efforts to address Kurdish grievances are no longer enough, writes David Gardner.
10. The Beastie Boy who really is a role model – to rock stars (Guardian)
Beastie Boy Adam Yauch's will refuses permission for his music to feature in ads, writes John Harris. Even the Clash couldn't manage that.