1. Forget Ken's cronies. Now it's Boris's buddies  (Guardian)
Boris Johnson's choice of Andrew Gilligan as London's cycling tsar increases the whiff of cronyism around the London mayor, writes Sonia Purnell.
2. Cameron can prove de Gaulle was right about us all along  (Daily Telegraph)
Eurosceptics should not barrack the PM’s speech when it comes: they should bank it, says Charles Moore.
3. Cuba’s ideals failed. But at least it had them  (Times) (£)
A Tory isn’t supposed to think this, writes Matthew Parris. But Havana’s revolutionaries had something that is missing in Britain.
A shocking ruling (let's call it the 007 standard) gives undercover police licence to break hearts, writes Jonathan Freedland. It's the hacking of people's lives.
5. This week has looked like an obscene remake of earlier western interventions  (Independent)
We are outraged not by the massacre of the innocents, but because the hostages killed were largely white, blue-eyed chaps rather than darker, brown-eyed chaps, says Robert Fisk.
6. Barack Obama’s second term  (Financial Times)
The US president must recapture the promise of a better politics, says an FT editorial.
8. Unthinkable? Paul Krugman for shadow chancellor  (Guardian)
If Barack Obama doesn't want the Nobel laureate as his treasury secretary then Labour should snap him up, says a Guardian editorial.
9. Life in the high street yet  (Daily Telegraph)
To save our town centres, we must make them places for meeting and recreation – and why not have people living there, says a Telegraph leader.
10. Armstrong took his countrymen for a ride (Financial Times)
The American self-image of resilience, hard work, charity and ‘dreams has its dark side, writes Christopher Caldwell.