Martin Kettle warns that the now imminent date for the Scottish referendum leaves little time for the consideration of its impact on the rest of the UK.
2. If the benefit cap doesn't fit, don't wear it (Times) (£)
The limit of £26,000 is easy to understand but is largely symbolic, says David Aaronovitch. The trouble is, it's unfair on too many people.
3. Meddle with the market at your peril (Financial Times)
No other system, from Fabian socialism to Soviet-style communism, has met its people's needs, writes Alan Greenspan.
4. Hayek helped us to find capitalism's flaws (Financial Times)
We work more like a market than business does, write Occupy London.
5. In a sombre year Davos worries about greater equality (Independent)
Hamish McRae notes that on the difficulty of delivering equity, though, developed and emerging economies are alike.
We must recognise that stability of the eurozone is no substitute for the larger project it was designed to usher in, says Timothy Garton Ash.
7. Europe: rumours of its demise are exaggerated (Times) (£)
At Christmas catastrophe seemed inevitable, says Camilla Cavendish. Now, thanks to the two Marios, the outlook is far brighter.
8. Hester and Huhne are symbols of a country in moral freefall (Daily Telegraph)
Small wonder young people are becoming less honest, given the example they are set, writes Peter Oborne.
9. Human rights: Cameron's message to Europe (Guardian)
The European court of human rights is not all David Cameron has his sights on, says Francesca Klug.
10, The State of the Contest (Times) (£)
President Obama's address to Congress set the election agenda, says this leading article.