1. This budget is just as I feared (Guardian)
Only growth can save us from a lost decade, says Alistair Darling. But George Osborne is risking not just recession but depression.
2. Labour made the mess, but the Tories are only making it worse (Daily Telegraph)
The ugly truth is that there appears to be no political solution to the calamity facing us all, says Peter Oborne.
3. Shrewd politics hides brutal economics (Financial Times)
The Chancellor cannot disguise that economic outcomes are drifting further from expectations, writes Martin Wolf.
4. Trapped by his own ideology, the Chancellor is lonelier than ever (Independent)
Cabinet ministers are becoming more assertive, behind the scenes and publicly, writes Steve Richards.
The main demand of this week's 'parliamentary revolt' was that Cyprus remain an offshore tax haven, writes Nikos Chrysoloras.
6. Osborne’s play for the strivers (Financial Times)
The chancellor had to revive his party’s winning tradition as the friend of the aspirational classes, writes Janan Ganesh.
7. This Budget was too hopeful. We want despair (Times)
The Chancellor calls Britain an ‘aspiration nation’, but we all know we’re in a mess, writes Matthew Parris. His best policy is to admit it.
We must never forget that the only alternative government on offer will be led by Miliband and Balls, says Max Hastings.
9. Rights and wrongs of a Royal Charter (Independent)
An Independent editorial says that "with reluctance", the paper has accepted the use of a Royal Charter to create a new press regulator.
10. Good parenting can’t be measured in GDP (Daily Telegraph)
What does our Cabinet, mainly upper-class males, understand of real-world child care dilemmas, asks Allison Pearson.