1. Osborne is Scrooge, but Balls still hasn’t picked his part (Daily Telegraph)
Labour can’t be sure of victory in 2015 until it makes a convincing case for shoestring policies, says Mary Riddell.
2. Blacklisting is the scandal that now demands action (Guardian)
Thousands have been driven out of work in Britain by corporate spying outfits, writes Seumas Milne. It's an outrage that calls for more than an inquiry.
The people after whom Osborne is going have no cunning tax lawyers to defend them, writes Matthew Norman.
4. A verdict on our judges: too white, too male (Times) (£)
The judiciary would be more trusted and of higher quality if many more women and black people were appointed, says Jack Straw.
The idea of a 'royal family' has been a big mistake, argues Simon Jenkins. Its members are forced to live under the glare of a terrible spotlight.
6. Beware membership of this elite club (Financial Times)
The business climate among the Brics countries is less than ideal, writes Sebastian Mallaby.
7. Compassion in nursing starts elsewhere (Independent)
If we want kind nurses, we need to work much, much harder to make kinder children, and kinder adults, says Christina Patterson.
8. No one likes a city that's too smart (Guardian)
Let's hope Rio rather than Songdo or Masdar is the inspiration for the urbanists gathering in London this week, writes Richard Sennett.
9. The allies who moulded the welfare state (Financial Times)
William Beveridge and Eleanor Roosevelt were the key influences on modern social policy, writes John Kay.
10. The taxman isn’t really after the big beasts (Daily Telegraph)
Small businesses, not the multinationals, will bear the brunt of the Revenue’s blitz, writes Philip Johnston.