CommentPlus: pick of the papers

The ten must-read pieces from the Sunday papers.

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1. If we don't rein in Big Finance, the economy will never recover (Observer)

Will Hutton argues that it's vital we wean our second-tier economy off depending on the public sector. That means creating small and medium-size banks.

2. David Cameron's by-election strategy is simple: "Stop Labour" (Sunday Telegraph)

A clear run for Nick Clegg's party in Oldham East and Saddleworth could be the perfect Christmas gift, as well as a preview of campaigns to come, says Matthew d'Ancona.

3. We trumpet pieties, but whisper the truth (Sunday Times) (£)

There may be comfort in false platitudes on war, drugs and western values, but they lead to folly and danger, says Matthew Parris.

4. WikiLeak "plots" need a pinch of salt (Independent on Sunday)

Openness and scepticism are two of this newspaper's founding principles, says the leading article – yet scepticism is also needed in considering the charges against Julian Assange.

5. Chairman Cameron's regime is not a million miles from Mao (Observer)

Andrew Rawnsley points out that anywhere you look in Whitehall, there's a secretary of state unleashing upheaval with reforming zeal.

6. At the next election, the Tories will be on their own (Sunday Telegraph)

The speculation over the coalition's long-term future ignores the reality, says Janet Daley.

7. Tax attacks (Sunday Times) (£)

Tax protests against companies are often unreasonable, says this leading article. But tax avoidance is a legitimate political concern.

8. At least Bob Ainsworth dares to speak about drugs (Observer)

Nick Cohen argues that our leaders are too addicted to power to upset voters by demanding that we have a proper debate about legalising narcotics.

9. A stable eurozone is in Britain's national interest, too (Independent on Sunday)

Britain must sign up to any future EU bailouts because it is good for our economic health, says a leading article.

10. Is David Cameron taking his party for granted? (Sunday Telegraph)

With all eyes on the crisis facing Nick Clegg, Tim Montgomerie looks for signs of restlessness within Tory ranks.