1. Royal Mail has no future without a return to some Victorian values (Daily Telegraph)
The trade unions destroyed its ability to harness technology and provide a public service, claims former Telegraph editor Charles Moore. This privatisation is necessary and overdue, but a bit sad.
2. I'm getting older. So am I becoming more rightwing? (Guardian)
Conservatism isn't necessarily an inevitable part of ageing, writes Jonathan Freedland.
3. I salute Ed Miliband’s big, brave mission (Times) (£)
For different reasons Blairites and Tories want Labour’s leader to fail in his bid to reform the union link, writes Matthew Parris.
The Chancellor's "recovery" is neither stable, nor investment-driven, not equal, writes Prateek Buch.
5. We have abandoned our children to the internet (Guardian)
Young people are addicted to a virtual world that is designed to keep them hooked with little care for collateral damage, writes Beeban Kidron.
Parental and school-inflicted pressure has resulted in more mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression, than ever before, writes Fiona Phillips.
7. Esther Rantzen: Why I’m setting up a 'ChildLine’ for old people (Daily Telegraph)
Esther Rantzen on her new charity, The Silver Line, which aims to bring conversation to the silent lives of elderly Britons.
Diplomatic imperatives require that Iran, Syria's main ally, is invited to the negotiating table, writes Michael Williams.
9. Does anyone know of any impediment? (Times) (£)
There is no good reason to stop Roman Catholic clergy marrying; the Church should rethink its toxic ban, writes Church historian Diarmaid MacCulloch.
I like the US President for his refusal to refusal to take an absolute stance, writes Howard Jacobson.