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1. The Big Society: a cloak for the small state (Independent)

Ed Miliband argues that the cuts have fatally undermined David Cameron's big idea and its backers are deserting it. He adds that "compassionate conservatism", was a "cloak" to confuse voters, and we are now seeing the "recontamination" of the Tory brand.

2. Have no doubt, the big society is on its way (Observer)

Cameron counters that we must ignore the sceptics – he has a "compelling plan to engage us all in transforming Britain". There will be "no more of a government treating everyone like children".

3. The spotlight begins to shine on the coalition's flaws and faultlines (Observer)

The government has suffered three reversals in recent days, says Andrew Rawnsley. This has exposed the cabinet's inexperience, which is compounded by "impetuosity and ideology untempered by common sense".

4. A peek inside the dictator's bubble (Sunday Times) (£)

After three decades ruling Egypt, Hosni Mubarak was infected by the "messianic zeal" that afflicts all leaders who stay too long in office, writes Dominic Lawson. It should be a warning, even to democracies, of the dangers of power.

5. Osborne must grit his teeth and prepare us for the pain (Sunday Telegraph)

The Budget has to explain why the cuts are a necessary precondition of prosperity, argues Matthew d'Ancona.

6. Brilliant teachers to the rescue as Gove betrays our schools (Independent)

The Education Secretary is taking heat over cancelling the Building Schools for the Future programme, but he should be more worried about tackling child poverty, says Janet Street-Porter.

7. The Big Society starts with our wedding vows (Sunday Telegraph)

Marriage is the perfect example of the moral vision that Cameron hopes to rekindle, says Janet Daley.

8. There will be more revolutions fuelled by Twitter (Sunday Times) (£)

The lesson of Egypt is that change has to come from within and there is nothing quite so powerful as transparency, announces the leading article.

9. I mend hearts. Then I see my patients given junk food in hospitals (Observer)

A leading cardiologist condemns the quality of meals on Britain's wards.

10. Blog away class, and see your literacy improve (Sunday Times) (£)

Our schools have problems getting boys to read and write, writes India Knight. So why not improve their skills by harnessing their favourite leisure activity – going on the internet?

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