In the Financial Times Niall Ferguson and Glen O'Hara  explain why the odds are against a Conservative majority at the next election.
David Aaronovitch  argues in the Times that the end of central control over schools could harm less able children.
On the eve of Sweden's EU presidency, Ruben Andersson  writes in the Guardian that the country's "failing" social state no longer provides a model for the left.
Mary Dejevsky  argues in the Independent that Britain fails to protect the foreign national that staff its embassies.
The days of "old-style Cold War museum armies" must come to an end argue Paddy Ashdown and George Robertson  in the Times.