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1. Britain is asleep over Argentina and the Falklands (Guardian)

South America is growing in strength and increasingly united, writes Richard Gott. Britain must wake up to this new reality.

2. How can we remain silent while Christians are being persecuted? (Daily Telegraph)

A new evil is sweeping the Middle East and the Foreign Office is failing to confront it, says Fraser Nelson.

3. America's inequality need not determine the future of Britain (Financial Times)

Policies and social preferences make a very big difference, writes Martin Wolf.

4. Coalition strikes a blow for hard-pressed shoppers (Independent)

This is good news, but if Ryanair can't charge card fees, the price of its tickets will simply go up, says Martin Hickman.

5. Farewell, Sir Gus O'Donnell, but you got it wrong on government (Guardian)

The retiring cabinet secretary, Gus O'Donnell, believed the private sector had more to teach the public sector than the other way round, writes Martin Kettle.

6. Why the Scots want independence from the English (Daily Telegraph)

The more life in Scotland feels like life in England, the stronger the desire to assert a distinct identity, says Allan Massie.

7. Breaking up should not be so hard to do (Independent)

Separation is eminently feasible, where a strong sense of nationhood and accepted borders exist, argues Mary Dejevsky.

8. Lawmakers needed: experience essential (Times) (£)

Lords reform is just a campaign slogan for Nick Clegg, writes William Rees-Mogg. He has no plan to make the Upper House more effective.

9. Alarming hints of future power struggles in Iraq (Independent)

The deal the Americans did with the Shia, Sunni and Kurds was always uneasy, says an Independent leader.

10. At this time of year, let's thank God for churches (Guardian)

Believer or not, Christmas is a reminder of what these places of worship do so well - maintaining and expressing community, says Simon Jenkins.

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