1. Miliband and Balls look to the past to plan for their future  (Independent
The Labour leader and shadow chancellor are unusual in having experience of shaping policy while working in opposition, writes Steve Richards.
2. Why has Cameron put us on al-Qaeda's side?  (Daily Telegraph)
Just like Tony Blair over Iraq, the Prime Minister has lost touch with reality when it comes to Syria, says Peter Oborne.
3. France should copy Germany’s reforms  (Financial Times)
Staying ahead in competitiveness on a worldwide scale must be the priority for France and for Europe, says Gerhard Schröder.
4. Sometimes it’s right to tell voters they’re wrong  (Times)
Everyone knows some hospitals must close to improve healthcare, writes David Aaronovitch. Politicians on all sides must make the case.
5. Me-first parents do the rest of us an injustice  (Guardian)
Like James Caan, I want the best for my children, writes Zoe Williams. But seeing people in power privileging their own just entrenches inequality.
6. Wash the dirty linen in private, minister  (Daily Telegraph)
Politicians’ relentless criticism of their civil servants is bad manners – and bad tactics, says Sue Cameron.
7. How the French lost their je ne sais quoi (Independent)
They see globalisation as a process that destroys individual cultures and identities, writes Andreas Whittam Smith.
8. At last it’s springtime for Britain’s economy  (Times)
Barely a month ago, the talk was of a triple-dip recession, writes Ian King. Now the momentum is growing.
Bit by bit, our freedoms are eroding under this Tory-led government, says Stephen Glover.
10. Google is this era’s General Electric  (Financial Times)
Larry Page has boundless ambition and the capacity to deliver unexpected products, writes John Gapper.