His response to the damning NAO report on universal credit shows that he appears to rely on his gut feeling rather than facts, says Marina Hyde.
2. The west needs a replacement for the warrior spirit (Financial Times) (£)
Warfare and welfare have long been connected, writes Mark Mazower.
3. False feminists want to make abortion harder (Times) (£)
There is no ‘gendercide’ problem with baby girls in Britain, just the agenda of anti-choice zealots, argues Janice Turner.
Israel’s position is firmly based on its own self-interests, writes Patrick Cockburn.
5. How’s the economy? Don’t ask economists (Times) (£)
The recent good news may be welcome but it certainly wasn’t predicted by a slew of so-called experts, says Matthew Parris.
Our political leaders’ cloying rhetoric masks a confusion about what Britain is fighting for, writes Charles Moore.
His critics show a wilful misunderstanding of what it means to lead the opposition and the responsibilities it brings, says Steve Richards.
8. Memo to our leaders: real men take responsibility (Independent)
The people of Britain are heartily sick of macho posturing on the part of public figures, argues Yasmin Alibhai-Brown.
9. One signature by Assad could help to avert the bombing (Times) (£)
Getting him to sign the chemical weapons convention is an alternative to war, says Gabrielle Rifkind.
10. Gordon Brown is right – but for all the wrong reasons (Telegraph)
The former Labour leader came out of purdah to argue against the SNP, says Graeme Archer.