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1. These empty apprenticeship schemes are failing our young (Guardian)

Polly Toynbee argues that apprenticeships touted as solutions to the grave crisis of youth unemployment are not remotely up to the job.

2. Pensioners are paying the price for Sir Mervyn's 'funny money' (Daily Telegraph)

Fraser Nelson says that George Osborne should come clean about the long-term effects of quantitative easing.

3. Ken's accusers are making a big mistake (Independent)

Critics of the one-time Mayor have missed the remark that really is offensive, says Patrick Strudwick.

4. Greek deal faces the fate of its forebears (Financial Times)

Only pure genius will produce a perfect plan, writes Mohamed El-Erian.

5. It's a game of two offshore accounts, mate (Times) (£)

The days of £50 notes in shoeboxes are gone, says Tom Bower. Football's dodgy dealings have become more sophisticated.

6. In most countries the Harry Redknapp case wouldn't have reached a jury (Guardian)

Simon Jenkins says that Redknapp's was the latest in a series of show trials -- even if he had been guilty it could have been settled with a handshake.

7. Boardroom equality won't happen on its own (Independent)

It is unlikely that more women will rise to the top without rules to make it compulsory, says this leading article.

8. A veto worthy of the Brezhnev era (Financial Times)

Russia has cast itself as defender of the authoritarian status quo, says Philip Stephens.

9. Arms, not diplomacy, will decide the fate of Syria (Independent)

Diplomacy in these circumstances is essentially just a means of western politicians to sound as if they are "doing something", says Adrian Hamilton.

10. Islamophobia is America's real enemy (Guardian)

The hysterical campaign to stigmatise US Muslims poses a far greater threat than radicalisation to America's civic union, says Daisy Khan.

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