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1. The west can no longer claim to be an honest broker in the search for peace (Guardian)

Egypt proved that our leaders see freedom as a question of strategy, not principle, writes Gary Younge.

2. Democracy will give power to Islamists, but . . . (Times) (£)

Fear of Islamism is not a good enough reason for the US to object to the spread of free elections, says Bronwen Maddox.

3. Obama must lead on deficit cuts (Financial Times)

The US needs a budget to restore long-term fiscal balance, writes Clive Crook.

4. A big society cannot emerge from the "creative destruction" of the state (Guardian)

David Cameron should stop the endless relaunches and listen to those telling him that he is cutting too far and too fast, says Jackie Ashley.

5. Big Society? It's just spin with nobs on (Daily Mail)

The shifty arrangements Cameron made to keep secret the auction of City internships suggest he's still a Bullingdon boy at heart, says Peter McKay.

6. Big government, not the Big Society, is at fault (Daily Telegraph)

Big government has failed and everyone knows it – including those with a vested interest in its retention, argues a Telegraph leader.

7. We help the dictators to steal (Guardian)

Hideous despots like Hosni Mubarak rip off their people, and the UK helps them hide their plunder, writes Ian Birrell.

8. The blue badge of the disabled fails those who need it most (Daily Telegraph)

Wheelchair users such as the BBC's Frank Gardner deserve parking permits of their own, says Boris Johnson.

9. Our climate isn't the only green concern (Independent)

The government has conflated "the environment" with climate change, argues Michael McCarthy. The rest is forgotten.

10. How to bend history's arc for the better (Financial Times)

The promotion of democracy is suddenly central to Barack Obama's presidency, writes Martin Indyk.