Stephen Hester wanted to turn RBS into a 'normal' bank, but it wasn't his to turn, writes Simon Jenkins. After £45bn, government can do what it wants.
2. Osborne should not have meddled (Financial Times)
The chancellor has interfered in areas better left to managers, writes Jonathan Ford.
3. If only Britain had joined the euro (Guardian)
If Gordon Brown had chosen to join the single currency 10 years ago, both the European Union and Britain would be stronger now, says Will Hutton.
4. Politicians place too much faith in figures (Daily Telegraph)
Data is a useful tool, but over-reliance on it means major problems are too often ignored, says Fraser Nelson.
Ofsted is playing to Michael Gove's agenda by scaremongering about bright children, writes Peter Wilby. The facts tell a different story.
6. Labour’s addicted to meddling, not spending (Times)
The party must stop thinking the state can solve every problem and trust ordinary people to fix their own lives, says Philip Collins.
7. I’ve got no time for page three, but... (Daily Telegraph)
Glossy magazines jammed with size-zero models are far more worthy of our scorn, writes Isabel Hardman.
The opportunities are huge, but so are the risks, writes Vince Cable.
9. Failure of Leadership (Times)
Nick Clegg knew there were serious allegations against Lord Rennard, yet he failed to act in a fair and effective manner, says a Times leader.
10. Cease this talk of competitiveness (Financial Times)
The word makes much of trade, economic and even foreign policy sound like a zero-sum game, writes Samuel Brittan.