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1. HS2: The train now departing... needs to reach its destination (Independent)

There is in theory a political consensus around this project, writes Steve Richards. Treasure it.

2. Mainstream economics is in denial: the world has changed (Guardian)

Despite the crash, the high priests of economics refuse to look at the big picture – and continue to prop up the world's elites, writes Aditya Chakrabortty.

3. Rights abusers can breathe more easily (Financial Times)

The west’s lofty principles are being tested by a desire to please the powerful, says Gideon Rachmann.

4. Apartheid still thrives today – by gender (Times)

Saudis are banned from driving; we say nothing, writes Hugo Rifkind. Our foreign policy doesn’t champion women’s rights.

5. London’s astonishing boom can lift the whole of Britain (Daily Telegraph)

Wealth is flowing to the undisputed capital of the world – but with it comes a political test, writes Benedict Brogan.

6. As Syria disintegrates, so too does Iraq (Independent)

Where there are Sunni minorities in Iraq,  they will be killed or forced to flee, writes Patrick Cockburn.

7. NHS payoff scandal could cost David Cameron dear (Times)

Bungled reforms let managers pocket thousands in redundancy and walk straight into another job, writes Rachel Sylvester. 

8. Ideology meets idiocy in these brutal disability cuts (Guardian)

Iain Duncan Smith's savage new disability benefits regime not only smears the vulnerable but makes no economic sense, says Polly Toynbee. 

9. Show trials make for bad government (Daily Telegraph)

When MPs hurl abuse at energy bosses and other villains, the result is more heat than light, says Iain Martin.

10. The paradox at the heart of UK posturing (Financial Times)

Cameron wants the country to trade freely in everything but people, writes Janan Ganesh.