Politics should be guided by principle, not populism (Guardian)
Labour ought to resist 'the people', as heard through the Ukip megaphone. Convictions are popular too, as Thatcher showed, writes Roy Hattersley.
Monsieur Normal has turned into Mr Bean (Times)
France wants the bold action of a Bonaparte. Instead, it’s had a year of ‘creative vagueness’, writes Charles Bremner.
The first important conservative thinker (Telegraph)
Charles Moore reviews Jesse Norman's biography of Edmund Burke.
If Boris Johnson is the answer to Ukip, Tories are asking the wrong question (Guardian)
Cameron and his A-list have alienated swaths of voters. Until they understand how, Ukip will be the beneficiary, writes John Harris.
When jihad is a lifestyle choice, it cannot last (Times)
The lesson of Boston and Birmingham is that the new generation of fanatics is less committed, writes Peter Watson.
The buck does not stop with Reinhart and Rogoff (Financial Times)
Political leaders pushing austerity made their choice, then cast about for intellectual buttresses, writes former US Treasury secretary Lawrence Summers.
Niall Ferguson's wrong to say child-free people care less about the world (Guardian)
His remarks suggested that people who don't reproduce are selfish. In my experience it's parents who give up their principles, writes Julie Bindel.
Syria’s tragedy can no longer be contained (Telegraph)
The world needs to confront the implications of its inability to keep Syria’s horror within its frontiers, write the Telegraph's editors.
Italy’s change from austerity is all talk (Financial Times)
Germany will not accept a fiscal stimulus for the sake of southern European countries, writes Wolfgang Münchau.
A common sense policy to create jobs and combat what ails Britain (Independent)
Britain ought to be constructing 230,000 homes a year to meet the demand, writes Owen Jones.