1. Mali needs more than a call to arms (Guardian)
West Africa's al-Qaida clones are neither religious nor political. The world is facing viral mutations of the human psyche, writes Wole Soyinka.
2. Britain in knots over infrastructure (Financial Times)
Big projects need clear plans and honesty about who pays, writes Dieter Helm.
3. Vote ‘no’ and you will blush to remember it (Times)
MPs who opposed civil partnerships are now all for them. The Right will soon embrace same-sex marriage too, writes Matthew Parris.
4. Man made our landscape. He can change it (Times)
Those who bemoan the arrival of HS2 should remember there is nothing primeval left in the British countryside, writes Alan Garner.
5. The one thing plotters hate more than coalition is the PM (Independent)
Cameron lacks the authority that an outright win in 2010 would have given him, writes Andrew Grice.
6. Can you succeed if you go to a comp? (Times)
So much for social mobility: 80 per cent of Britain’s leaders went to an elite school, writes Janice Turner.
7. Hilary Mantel: author in tune with the times (Financial Times)
The novelist brings a modern sensibility to a pivotal point in history, writes Peter Aspden.
8. The Lib Dems abandon a founding father of voting reform (Telegraph)
When Nick Clegg opposed a Bill for fair votes, he cut all political ties to an illustrious predecessor, says Graeme Archer.
Never mind jobs for life - athletes barely have their jobs for a quarter of their lives, writes Bryony Gordon.
Beijing's alleged hacking of the New York Times is a sign of both the regime's huge power – and its fear of a Chinese spring, writes Jonathan Freedland.