Statistically, the UK is out of recession – but it took an Olympian effort to achieve even this fragile upturn, writes Larry Elliott.
Britain’s charities and quangos are now stuffed to the gunwales with Labour placemen, says Fraser Nelson.
3. There is no ‘unishambles’ in education (Independent)
The government's university reforms are putting a new focus on the student experience, promoting opportunity and helping reduce the public deficit, argues David Willetts.
4. Look out, wolves. The little pigs’ time is here (Times) (£)
Whether you’re Man Utd manager, Chief Whip or BBC boss, don’t expect deference any more, writes Gaby Hinsliff.
Farming is the last sector where pay rates have some level of protection, and now that is under threat, writes Polly Toynbee. Labour, take note.
6. Turkey stumbles on the road to Damascus (Financial Times)
Ankara has come to realise that it has been overtaken by events, writes Philip Stephens.
7. Good news for the economy at last... now can we cut taxes? (Daily Mail)
Osborne must recognise that high taxes are the enemy of enterprise and growth, says Alex Brummer.
8. Whether it’s the Hutton Report or Jimmy Savile, the BBC is hopeless in a crisis (Daily Telegraph)
Peter Rippon of Newsnight has been hung out to dry as his BBC bosses play the blame game, writes Andrew Gilligan.
9. The threat to local government's heroic, civilising role (Guardian)
Brutal cuts and the demands of core provision put services such as museums, parks and community halls at huge risk, says Tristram Hunt.
Customers are not to be thought of as sales targets but as people with whom the institution aims to have a mutually profitable relationship, writes Andreas Whittam Smith.