Ed Miliband spent the past year laying building blocks for his policies, while the Conservatives wallowed in their old nastiness, writes Polly Toynbee.
2. Obama fails to correct Egyptian mistake (Financial Times)
The president did not undermine implicit US support for the military, writes Ian Bremmer.
The Labour leader should argue for his egalitarian vision and policies that close the gap between rich and poor, says Philip Collins.
Passengers may be grumbling about the planned fare increases, but on balance rail privatisation has been a huge success, writes Ian Birrell.
5. How the wealthy keep themselves on top (Financial Times)
The more unequal a society, the greater the incentive for the rich to pull up the ladder behind them, writes Tim Harford.
The western world cannot afford an Egypt mired in protracted disorder, but the unpredictability of its neighbourhood excludes the usual treatment, writes Mary Dejevsky.
7. Promote women, but not the wrong ones (Daily Telegraph)
David Cameron’s target of a third of his ministers being female risks a 'tokenism’ reshuffle, says Isabel Hardman.
8. A German ally in the war against Brussels (Daily Mail)
How inconvenient it must be for the Prime Minister's opponents that he can now point to the support of the most influential country in mainland Europe, says a Daily Mail editorial.
9. Is Ed Miliband's Labour Party prepared to do or say anything at all? (Independent)
Maybe the shadow cabinet have converted to a branch of Buddhism, writes Mark Steel. The only time they've tried to appear decisive was when they got into an argument with Unite.
In a country devoted to its August holiday shutdown, the stay-at-home President has attracted only ridicule, writes Charles Bremner.