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1. Lords reform: even tinkering with upper house seems doomed to failure (Guardian)

An elected second chamber eludes us, writes Jonathan Freedland. Is it because the Commons fears equality – or the lack of a nice retirement seat.

2. Cleggie's bluff has been called. Now it’s time the PM put him back in his playpen (Daily Mail)

If they are smart, the Lib Dems will recognise that the Lords reform stunt will not fly, and does not deserve to, says Max Hastings.

3. Lib Dems head for their baseball bat moment (Times) (£)

Nick Clegg’s threat to bring down the coalition over Lords reform would lead to an electoral thumping, says Daniel Finkelstein

4. This is Mohamed Morsi's first test of purpose (Guardian)

Only if Egypt's new president defies the army can he be reckoned as being truly revolutionary, says Sara Khorshid.

5. Robbing the elderly won't pay the government's rising care bills (Daily Telegraph)

Means-testing benefits is unfair and will raise peanuts. It’s far better to encourage saving, says Jeremy Warner.

6. Stop painful, arbitrary and abrupt cuts! (Financial Times)

Pete Domenici, Jim Jones and Dan Glickman call for a responsible bipartisan deficit reduction plan.

7. Union brothers have a sister to reckon with (Daily Telegraph)

New TUC chief Frances O'Grady faces a rocky ride, says Dan Hodges.

8. Two cheers for Russia (Independent)

Russia's apparent commitment to stop sending arms to the murderous regime in Damascus looks like real progress at last, says an Independent leader.

9. For the digital revolution, this is the Robespierre moment (Guardian)

Total disclosure means the onset of a new terror, a retreat to a kind of sofa government beyond freedom of information, writes Simon Jenkins.

10. Let's take a pick-and-mix path on Europe (Daily Telegraph)

Britain is too big to 'become like Norway', writes Mats Persson.