From the NHS to schools, a catalogue of errors and incompetence is undermining confidence in a once-pitch-perfect Tory party, says Polly Toynbee.
2. Mea culpa that reaches right to the very top (Independent)
News International's admission that it was responsible for the hacking of the phones of public figures ranging from a former member of the cabinet to a Hollywood actress represents a seismic moment for the management of Britain's biggest newspaper publisher, says Ian Burrell.
3. What Hugh Grant revealed about the paparazzi and power (Independent)
Nick Clegg sometimes just listens to music and cries, he told Jemima Khan in an NS interview this week. We all know the feeling when we hear about his throughts on social mobility, says Michael Bywater.
5. Ditch the spin-cation. We like flash hols too (Times) (£)
Cameron shouldn't feel obliged to fly Ryanair and stay in cheap hotels, says Janice Turner.
6. I just can't see Berlusconi flying Ryanair (Telegraph)
Compared with the comic turns in other countries, our leaders seem such a dull lot, says Matthew Norman.
7. It's not our job to save the euro (Telegraph)
The failure of the euro will signify the ultimate failure of the European ideal, says Simon Heffer.
8. Our revolution's doing what Saleh can't – uniting Yemen (Guardian)
Yemen's struggle to overthrow the president has brought stability and peace to a country riven by conflict, says Tawakkol Karman. This is truly historic.
9. Can we really judge the past by the present? (Times) (£)
Matthew Parris on the brutality of empire – and the cover-ups which show that colonial officials knew their actions were wrong.
10. One year on: the sun is shining, my life is starting again (Times) (£)
The Times columnist Melanie Reid broke her neck 12 months ago. Now she's back home.