1. Only deluded Tories think the crisis is over (Times)
The increase in real earnings is welcome but millions of Britons are still deeply in the red, writes Jenni Russell.
2. As the bombs fall, the people of Damascus rally round Assad (Daily Telegraph)
The west may oppose Assad's regime, but on the streets of the capital the people fear a greater evil, writes Peter Oborne.
3. Putin has more admirers than the west might think (Guardian)
Russia has found out who its friends are recently – and thanks to some old resentments, that includes India and China, writes Timothy Garton Ash.
4. The Church needs more than this hapless Rev (Times)
The hero of the BBC’s religious sitcom is likeable but ineffectual, says Tim Montgomerie. Christians have to fight harder for their faith.
Hollande's rout in the French local elections shows the price to be paid if Labour embraces cuts and corporate power, says Seumas Milne.
The Ukip and SNP leaders come from different political traditions but they share more than they’ll ever admit, writes David Aaronovitch.
7. Britain’s loudmouth literary crowd (Financial Times)
A few blunt words are unlikely to hurt Sajid Javid, who spent years at the sharp end in the City, writes Janan Ganesh.
Choice? There is absolutely zero when it comes to getting your child into a school, writes Jane Merrick.
9. The bear has made monkeys of the west (Financial Times)
There is no reason to fear a strong and self-confident Russia, says Bruce Anderson.
A yes vote is becoming a real possibility – but we are woefully unprepared to deal with the psychological impact of Scotland rejecting the union, writes Martin Kettle.