If you hollow out the state, expensive disasters like the West Coast franchise will become routine, says Will Hutton.
Instead of introducing welfare reform carefully and slowly, the Tories seem hellbent on using brute force, writes Viv Groskop.
3. The Man with the Plan can’t keep avoiding the Blond One (Sunday Telegraph)
There is a clear and present danger that Boris Johnson will steal the show in Birmingham, writes Matthew d'Ancona. The Cameroons must act.
4. Now, Dave, will you take Ed seriously? (Sunday Times) (£)
The prime minister needs to convince us there is more to his own plan for one nation than austerity, says Martin Ivens.
Number 10 says it is relaxed about the mayor's speech at conference, writes Andrew Rawnsley. It is as relaxed as a cat on a hot tin roof.
6. Spot the clues in the battle of the veeps (Independent on Sunday)
Vice-presidential debates have a chequered history, but sometimes they can be a springboard to the top job, writes Rupert Cornwell.
7. The sheep have stampeded - and they'll sweep Ed straight into No10 (Mail on Sunday)
Miliband will be the next Prime Minister, and, in the end, our political media are power-worshippers, says Peter Hitchens.
The health secretary's intervention on abortion time limits is part of a concerted attack on women's rights, says Catherine Bennett.
9. Dave's best bet is a repeat of the 1983 show (Independent on Sunday)
It may seem harsh, but elections can be won even if a minority is suffering, writes John Rentoul.
10. Mitt Romney teaches the Tories a lesson in conviction (Sunday Telegraph)
Osborne needs some good headlines this week – and that means tax cuts, says Janet Daley.