1. Labour politics: the meh index (Guardian)
Miliband needs to find a persuasive alternative vision to the one Cameron has to begun to sketch out, says a Guardian editorial.
2. The left talks gibberish while Cameron racks up successes (Daily Telegraph)
After three years, the Tory-Lib Dem coalition’s daring reforms are starting to pay dividends, says Peter Oborne.
The labyrinthine management structures of the NHS and BBC stymie change, says Steve Richards.
4. Primary school tests follow the Piccadilly Circus rule (Guardian)
Wait long enough and every education policy comes round again, writes Peter Wilby. New exams for younger pupils is the latest example.
5. Britain's rentier society fit for a royal (Financial Times)
Never mind education, hard work or getting a good job – having the right ancestors matters, writes Chris Giles.
My time on the review of the controversial ‘care pathway’ showed me how unprepared most of us are for our end, writes David Aaronovitch.
7. Unemployment: signs of recovery that leave too many behind (Independent)
With long-term joblessness on the rise, the auguries are far from promising, says an Independent editorial.
8. Does Whitehall need more party placemen? (Daily Telegraph)
Reform of the Civil Service is overdue, but its impartiality may be under threat, says Sue Cameron.
We still do not know for certain why or how Dr Kelly died, writes Stephen Glover.
10. A strong leader in Japan is not a minus (Financial Times)
Love him or loathe him, Abe is someone with whom his foreign counterparts can do business, writes David Pilling.