Gove's prescription for state schools – and his crusade against the educational establishment – is driven by an instinct for good headlines, not evidence of what works, says Peter Wilby.
Gove's move signals the end of the Tory modernisers' dream, says Steve Richards.
3. The future belongs to the emerging markets (Financial Times)
Just as the west has emerged from crisis before, the newcomer economies will return to growth, writes Gideon Rachman.
Putting (male, Tory donor) stooges in charge of regulatory bodies is a corruption of government, says Polly Toynbee. It must stop.
5. David Cameron’s choice – to stand firm, or dance to Ukip’s tune (Daily Telegraph)
The voters will appreciate a politician who will not let himself be defined by those who want to entrap him, and destroy him, says Benedict Brogan.
6. Everyone could lose from Scotland’s vote (Financial Times)
If Scots catch the smell of fear drifting north, they may vote mischievously, writes Michael Portillo.
7. In America’s long war on drugs – drugs won (Times)
Even conservatives are worried about the cost of prohibition in a country addicted to spending, writes Justin Webb.
Britain is in the middle of a housing crisis, with thousands of people sleeping rough, writes Aditya Chakrabortty. We should use the tax system to penalise under-occupation.
9. Gove needs to make peace as well as war (Times)
The Education Secretary has alienated his own supporters as well as the "Blob" that he blames for failing schools, writes Rachel Sylvester.
The strength of the labor market is largely due to the weakness of wages, notes an Independent leader.