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1. Excuses, excuses, excuses - the chancellor is running out of alibis (Observer)

Andrew Rawnsley observes that the blame game over who is responsible for our dire economic state now sees the government turning on itself.

2. Under black economic skies, a grim political battle awaits (Sunday Telegraph)

The Tory message may end up being that, as bad as things are, they would be a lot, lot worse under Ed Miliband, says Matthew d'Ancona.

3. Don't blame technocrats - they're just doing their job (Independent on Sunday)

This leading article agues that the arrival in government of technocrats does not deserve to be condemned out of hand.

4. It's 'never again' that made this euro mess (Sunday Times) (£)

Mistaken idealism created a single currency unsuited to vastly different economies and cultures, says Martin Ivens. It has stirred up old hatreds, not put them to sleep.

5. The welfare state: the social glue that binds us must be preserved (Observer)

At different times in our life cycle most of us may experience a period of vulnerability and need to draw on the 'welfare pot', says this leading article.

6. What can the government do to fix youth unemployment? (Sunday Telegraph)

With a million young people out of work, the prospect of a 'lost generation' looms, says Iain Martin. But what are George Osborne's options?

7. We need a nation of young entrepreneurs (Independent on Sunday)

Last week's staggering youth unemployment figures leave our nation facing an immense challenge, says Richard Branson: what do we do with our missing million young people?

8. Odd as it may seem, 2011 is proving to be a year of rebirth (Observer)

Something deep and impressive is going on in the new generation who have an innate sense of justice and fairness, says Henry Porter.

9. The Occupy movement has failed the essential test of protest (Sunday Telegraph)

Unlike the protesters of the Sixties, those camped at St Paul's Cathedral have no clear objectives, says Janet Daley.

10. Gadaffi Jr's capture could turn the tables on Labour (Sunday Times) (£)

How deep was the relationship between Labour and Libya? This leading article says that the capture of Saif al-Islam puts the focus again on their dealings.