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1. Ukip has exposed the tension in the Tory soul (Financial Times)

There is no electoral prize for consistency but the party is testing the outer limits, writes Janan Ganesh. 

2. Labour's fake folksiness and empty slogans speak of snobbery and stupidity (Guardian)

Ed Miliband and colleagues are trapped by a pathology of inauthenticity that could hobble the party for another generation at least, writes John Harris. 

3. Block Juncker to save European democracy (Financial Times)

You end up with a situation in which voters have "chosen" a leader they have never heard of, writes Gideon Rachman. 

4. Let’s cut our comic-book leaders down to size (Times)

Politicians have no superpowers and are as fallible as the rest of us, writes Rachel Sylvester. Forget that and disillusionment is inevitable.

5. The public thinks MPs are on another planet – so why stop John Bercow trying to bring them back to earth? (Independent)

He is the first Speaker in the modern era to be a substantial reformer, and some of the traditionalists are uneasy, writes Steve Richards. 

6. The earthquake is over, but the Tories are still on shaky ground (Daily Telegraph)

The result of the 2015 general election depends on who stands firm in the test of nerves ahead, says Benedict Brogan. 

7. The only way to fairness in housing is to tax property (Guardian)

Help to Buy and the other government schemes merely lock in place an unjust system which rewards those in power, writes George Monbiot. 

8. Labour will shift power back to British courts (Daily Telegraph)

There’s a problem with our interpretation of the Human Rights Act, and it needs to be fixed, says Sadiq Khan. 

9. Tony Blair: standing room only (Guardian)

Many voters stopped listening to Blair because of the Iraq war – for some, he no longer has standing at all, notes a Guardian editorial.

10. More devolution affects us all, not just the Scots (Daily Telegraph)

The impact on the rest of the UK of giving Holyrood additional tax powers should be examined before it happens, not after, says a Telegraph editorial.

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