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1. Al-Qa’ida, the second act: Why the global 'war on terror' went wrong (Independent)

In 2014 al-Qa’ida-type groups are numerous and powerful, writes Patrick Cockburn. In other words, the "war on terror" has demonstrably failed.

2. One garden city won’t grow into a fix for the housing crisis (Times)

Eventually we will have to build on green fields, in more controversial places, writes Daniel Knowles.

3. It's the BBC's rightwing bias that is the threat to democracy and journalism (Guardian)

The claim of "liberal bias" is a clever fairytale that allows the right to police the corporation and set the wider political agenda, says Owen Jones. 

4. No need to fear the hi-tech jobs massacre (Times)

Silicon Valley wonders if its robots are destroying work, writes Matt Ridley. But humans will always finds new ways to occupy themselves.

5. We should look after Britain's low earners, not its moaning 40% taxpayers (Guardian)

Barely one in seven people earns enough to pay the top rate of tax – it makes more sense to lift the personal allowance further, writes Chris Huhne.

6. Britain has lost America’s respect (Financial Times)

The "special relationship" has been compromised by one side that is no longer sure of who it is, says Edward Luce.

7. Osborne won't cure the 'cost of living crisis' - but warring supermarkets can (Daily Mail)

Very large retailers are reducing the costs of their goods, notes Dominic Lawson. 

8. In this agonising mystery of Flight 370, there is also hope (Daily Telegraph)

The baffling story of a vanished airliner has focused the world’s attention like no other, writes Boris Johnson.

9. If you don't think multiculturalism is working, look at your street corner (Guardian)

Living in a mixed area makes us more tolerant, not less, studies show, writes Madeleine Bunting. That fact must be part of the immigration debate.

10. Think again, Chancellor (Daily Telegraph)

Osborne must stop dragging ordinary middle-class families into the higher-rate net, says a Telegraph editorial. 

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