At this time of year as families gather, our thoughts turn to the nation's elderly and how to provide for them fairly, writes Will Hutton.
2. What does 2013 hold for the main party leaders? (Guardian)
Nick Clegg and David Cameron face more of the same. Ed Miliband's future is more complicated. He has choices, writes Andrew Rawnsley.
Danny Boyle's rejection of a knighthood reminds us that the principle behind the list is flawed, writes Stephanie Merritt.
4. Angry? Me? How dare you! (Guardian)
Nowadays, outrage is our only mode of discourse. It is high time that we all calmed down, writes Viv Groskop.
5. Ditching their modernisation campaign was the Tories’ worst strategic error since the poll tax (Telegraph) David Cameron must address the identity crisis in his party before it is too late, writes Matthew d'Aconda.
6. It's two years away, but the 2015 election is already lost (Telegraph)
Four factors conspire to make a Tory majority an outright impossibility, writes Paul Goodman.
7. Europe, wind, warming... we're slowly waking up to reality (Telegraph)
It was the year when many long-dominant belief systems began to collapse, writes Christopher Booker.
8. 2012: A year I won't forget, for all the wrong reasons (Independent)
I can't remember when I've ended a year so angry. Goodbye 2012 and good riddance, writes Joan Smith
9. Children face cruelties of the adult world (Financial Times)
Innocence has been squandered by mindless violence and economic idiocy, writes Simon Schama.
10. Cliffhanger (Times)
America may yet step back from the brink — but its bungled handling of its fiscal crisis reflects a broader malaise that could affect us all, writes Tony Allen-Mills.