The education secretary, an ex-journalist, knows how to sell reforms for the rightwing press, writes Peter Wilby. But it's no way to run our schools.
Trust will be reduced, confidence eroded and the political class once again will lose public faith for playing irrelevant games, writes David Blunkett.
A new tax band might entice hard-hit voters to look again at the party, and would be billed as righting a Labour wrong, writes Gavin Kelly.
4. Modern Essex man who has the key to victory (Times) (£)
Europe alone won’t be enough to win in 2015, writes Tim Montgomerie. The Conservatives must become the party of the little people.
5. Why the left should support a referendum on Europe (Guardian)
The EU is an elite project without popular support, says Vernon Bogdanor. Labour can bring it back to the people.
6. Only a coward would deny the people their voice on Europe (Daily Telegraph)
Ed Miliband's rejection of an in-out EU referendum is blatantly undemocratic, argues Boris Johnson.
7. Time to decide on UK defence policy (Financial Times)
Cameron must scale back either the rhetoric or the cuts, says an FT editorial.
8. What my generation can learn from the Holocaust (Independent)
We should recall that hatred continues to be fanned against entire peoples, and that man is capable of both wonderful benevolence and unspeakable horrors, writes Owen Jones.
The measures planned by new Bank of England governor Mark Carney will be controversial, writes Trevor Kavanagh. Cameron must explain them to voters worried about their jobs and savings.
The Deputy Prime Minister, educated at Westminster School himself, says the State sector isn't good enough for his children, writes John O'Farrell. He doesn't know what he's talking about.