The idea that soldiers are somehow independent of the welfare state – and thus immune to attacks on it – is bunk, and Philip Hammond knows it, says Owen Jones.
2. Cameron must find some TLC for the right (Times)
The Prime Minister’s neglect of his traditional supporters opened the door for UKIP, writes Tim Montgomerie. Now he has to woo them back.
Reassurances on clinicians and local people controlling how services are commissioned look likely to be overturned, writes Clive Peedell.
4. This cap on bankers’ bonuses is like a dead cat – pure distraction (Daily Telegraph)
EU autocrats think that by blaming the City of London, they have an entire continent fooled, writes Boris Johnson.
The maps long favoured in the west partition off Arab countries into ethnic divisions, but all these make clear is our own ignorance, says Robert Fisk.
6. A taste for mutually assured destruction (Financial Times)
US sequestration looks likely only to entrench the partisanship it was supposed to circumvent, writes Edward Luce.
In Eastleigh and beyond, millions of voters who loathe the establishment tendency to piety are without a voice, says John Harris.
For too many of our politicians, getting elected and running the country is the ultimate career move, not a passionate calling, says Tom Newton Dunn.
The Prime Minister's lurching from one wing to the other doesn’t inspire much confidence that there’s any substance behind his promises, writes Melanie Phillips.
10. Secret courts: The Liberal Democrats' duty (Guardian)
Should they shrink from at the very least amending the bill, the Lib Dems will reveal that they are neither liberal nor democratic, says a Guardian editorial.