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1. The autumn statement is a political ritual without economic relevance (Guardian)

As George Osborne takes centre stage, we should understand his forecast is 1% about the economy and 99% about election politics, says Martin Kettle. 

2. Patriotism is not the same as spineless adoration of the Establishment (Independent)

I would want to honour courageous, often faceless Brits who stood up to power, writes Owen Jones. 

3. Britain no longer needs to envy Germany (Times)

The Continent’s most important economy is in retreat, says Tim Montgomerie. Osborne must ensure the UK does not follow.

4. George Osborne has given the Tories a working plan for victory (Daily Telegraph)

The Chancellor fully deserves his triumph - but it's hard to make sense of his economics, says Peter Oborne.

5. State pension: age-old problems (Guardian)

A link between life expectancy and retirement age is so obvious, it's strange it wasn't introduced before, says a Guardian editorial. 

6. The young are being squeezed by the old (Financial Times)

Employers forced to make good on final salary promises are having to find the money from somewhere, writes Chris Giles. 

7. Let’s expose these apologists for injustice (Times)

Defending forced marriage – and segregating public meetings by gender – is an attack on the victim, says David Aaronovitch. 

8. Britain is up to its neck in US dirty wars and death squads (Guardian)

The war on terror is now an endless campaign of drone and undercover killings that threatens a more dangerous world, writes Seumas Milne.  

9. Public parks nurture private wealth (Financial Times)

Cities must ensure that such works amount to more than a benefit scheme for one group, says John Gapper. 

10. MoD tanks are parked on the Treasury lawn (Daily Telegraph)

Civil service policies on hiring and firing face criticism from the man overseeing reform, writes Sue Cameron.