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1. The end of the Tories' romantic dream (Independent)

The vision that shaped the government's NHS reforms has gone, writes Steve Richards.

2. David Cameron must hand power to the people before it's too late (Daily Telegraph)

The Coalition's plan to shift decision making from state to citizen is being frustrated by Whitehall, write Douglas Carswell and Daniel Hannan.

3. Hands off Ken Clarke! He can reconcile British pride with European justice (Guardian)

Reforming the European Court of Human Rights while proposing a compatible British bill of rights is the perfect job for our justice minister, says Timothy Garton Ash.

4. Jail works. So we should free more prisoners (Times) (£)

The problem is not how long we keep hardened criminals inside but that we keep locking up the wrong people, says Philip Collins.

5. Jobless young people: good for a laugh, eh (Independent)

Those left destitute by the recession are patronised and dismissed for our amusement, writes Laurie Penny.

6. Freebies for fat cats. The public treated like mugs. It's all a very long way from the Olympic ideal (Daily Mail)

What was supposed to be an open and democratic event has the feel of misplaced exclusivity and elitism, writes Stephen Glover.

7. Why our masters insist on breaking the rules (Financial Times)

When European politicians bailed out Greece, Ireland and Portugal they violated an explicit prohibition, argues Jamie Whyte.

8. Iain Duncan Smith fights many battles to lop £20bn from the welfare bill (Guardian)

David Cameron can hardly sack the former leader who embodies compassionate Conservatism, writes Allegra Stratton.

9. The dawn of Sarah Palin politics in China (Financial Times)

The idea of smooth Beijing power handovers is false, says David Pilling.

10. Assad has run out of friends, and out of time (Daily Telegraph)

The Syrian regime has its back against the wall now that its people have found their voice, says Rime Allaf.

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