1. Labour’s half-time lead counts for nothing  The Telegraph
It’s no good defending – Miliband must bring an old star off the bench to secure victory, writes Matthew Norman.
2. Labour needs real cuts as well as real ideas  The Times (£)
What happens to the benefits bill under a Miliband government? Voters need details as well as philosophy, writes Philip Collins.
3. On Abu Hamza as on defending your home, the suitably named Judge Judge has called it right  The Independent
The delays to the hook-handed hate preacher's deportation are a disgrace; and of course we should be able to defend our own homes, writes Evgeny Lebedev.
4. This is the speech Ed Miliband should make next Tuesday  The Guardian
At the Labour party conference, Miliband must lift his eyes from those gathered in the hall and address the whole country, writes Jonathan Freedland.
5. Goodbye Beveridge: welfare’s end nears  The Financial Times (£)
The latest British Social Attitudes survey spells out in agonising detail the collapse in support over the past decade or so for social security spending and what might be called poor peoples’ welfare, writes David Goodhart.
6. For voters ten years is a short time in politics  The Times (£)
We experts obsessed with the latest Westminster story can lose sight of what’s really important to most people, writes Matthew Parris.
7. An enemy at the gates of Downing Street?  The Telegraph
An argument about a bicycle has exposed festering police resentment against the Government and raised big questions about the Metropolitan Police’s public accountability, writes John Yates, former UK Head of Counter Terrorism.
8. Why do we care about Megan Stammers from Eastbourne but not "Suzie" from Rochdale?  The Independent
The authorities knew about the girls’ plight in Rochdale and did nothing. But every girl deserves to be respected, regardless of her background, writes Laurie Penny.
9. Catalan with Spain’s future in his hands  The Financial Times (£)
A full-blown constitutional crisis, in which the survival of the Spanish nation-state within its present boundaries is at stake, will now collide head on with the eurozone and fiscal crises, writes David Gardner.
10. Animal research is brave, not cruel, science  The Guardian
Attitudes to animal research have changed, yet many scientists still fear speaking about their essential and important work, says Fiona Fox.