I wish I had trusted my instincts on Plebgate (Times)
Matthew Parris examines the abuse of police authority which led to Andrew Mitchell's smearing.
Cheer up. All this doom and gloom plays into the Tories' hands (Guardian)
If the idea that we're all screwed takes hold, the Conservatives will end up exploiting the fear they've created, writes Zoe Williams.
London’s ‘white flight’ deserves attention (Financial Times)
That the city is no longer majority ‘white British’ is a remarkable development, writes David Goodhart.
A huge risk we pro-Europeans must take (Guardian)
Shaun Woodward writes that a referendum on the EU may now be the only way forward for those of us who see membership as vital to the UK's future.
There’s a whiff of failure at the heart of our honours system (Telegraph)
The PM promised to end the abuses, but there are signs of a return to the old ways, reports Peter Oborne.
Britain needs to adopt a more German face (Financial Times)
As a model of coping with sudden slowing, Berlin has achieved a better result than Tokyo, writes Chris Giles.
Don’t lampoon what the NRA says. Ask why (Times)
Guns are attractive, suicide complicated. Until we grasp the reasons behind the headlines, we remain unenlightened, argues David Aaronovitch
With all the fuss over Kate Middleton's baby, have we learned nothing since Princess Diana?
(Independent) God help us if the Royal Foetus is all we have to look forward to in 2013, writes Viv Groksop.
Pensioners are about to be robbed yet again (Telegraph)
The Chancellor is poised to alter the way inflation is calculated and interest paid, says Philip Johnston.
So you think the wealth gap is growing? Wrong (Independent)
Not only are we all in it together, but the rich are bearing and will bear a greater share of the burden of taxes than the poor. Why won't the Coalition say this more loudly, asks John Rentoul.