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1. France votes to shut out the world (Financial Times)

This campaign has no glimmer of recognition of the constraints imposed by globalisation, writes Philip Stephens.

2. Cameron needs friends in the North - here's how to win them (Daily Telegraph)

The Conservative Party has to change how it looks and sounds - and get more working-class MPs to attract voters in the northern cities of England, writes Neil O'Brien.

3. We're now governed by the political wing of the wealthy (Independent)

Cruddas's pledge to donors gives an insight into how power works in Cameron's Britain, writes Owen Jones.

4. A shambles fuelled by Downing Street (Daily Mail)

The suspicion is that ministers fanned the flames of the dispute in order to distract attention from the Budget, says a Daily Mail editorial.

5. Only voters can get rid of the stink of politics' dirty money (Guardian)

The Tory cash-for-access scandal can't be buried - a fair playing field must be created with some state funding for all parties, says Polly Toynbee.

6. Hitting charitable giving is a poor way to get tough on the rich (Independent)

By limiting charitable giving the government is getting tough on the very recipients of that charity, says John Studzinski.

7. I'm a Labour member, but I can't vote for Ken (Times) (£)

Making money from dubious sources is bad enough, writes Philip Collins. Stoking divisions between communities is a disgrace.

8. Why public finance of political parties is justified (Financial Times)

Reform is needed, says Martin Wolf. But it must be done carefully if it is not to fail.

9. The government ignores the grey vote at its peril (Daily Express)

Pensioners are twice as likely to cast their vote as youngsters, notes Frederick Forsyth.

10. Self-immolation: a clutch at freedom, and the end of history (Guardian)

As Tibetan exile Jamphel Yeshi sets fire to himself, like revolutionaries before him, he is seeking utopia through sacrifice, writes Clive Bloom.

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