In between the rightwing hysteria over the 1 January changes and liberal pleas for tolerance, is a public preoccupied with rent, not race, writes John Harris.
2. How to prolong a banking credit crunch (Financial Times)
The lousy agreement on banking union will produce the financial sector equivalent of austerity, says Wolfgang Münchau.
The PM’s move to block anyone else from joining the EU is a desperate political move, says John McTernan.
4. At last, everyone gets it on public spending (Daily Telegraph)
Labour's conversion to prudence signals an overdue change in the political centre of gravity, argues Andrew Haldenby.
5. Someone needs to fight the selfish, short-sighted old (Guardian)
The cost of pandering to pensioners means we are penalising our young in relation to education, healthcare and housing, says Chris Huhne.
The Labour leader should trust his values and ignore siren voices urging him to lurch rightwards, says Kevin Maguire.
7. This isn't 'feminism'. It's Islamophobia (Guardian)
I am infuriated by white men stirring up anti-Muslim prejudice to derail debate on western sexism, writes Laurie Penny.
The time has come for angry Liberal Democrats to move on, says an Independent editorial.
9. America must dump its disrupters in 2014 (Financial Times)
This has been a very disruptive year but nothing about it was creative or constructive, writes Edward Luce.
10. Add the EU to the list of myths we’re brainwashed to believe (Daily Telegraph)
Like corks, and turning off mobiles on planes, 'Europe' may one day turn out to be pointless, says Boris Johnson.