Web Only: the best of the blogs

The five must-read posts from today, on TV debates, electorial reform and British society.

1. Ten things you'll learn from David Willetts's new book

The Tory frontbencher's new book has been widely praised. Andrew Sparrow picks out the ten most interesting statistics and facts about British society.

2. Ready for government

John Rentoul blogs on Philip Hammond's complete confusion over the number of quangos the Tories will cull.

3. What will a short election campaign mean for TV debates?

A debate every week might be unfeasible during a very short campaign, says Gary Gibbon.

4. Refocusing Washington's policy lens on Iran

At the Huffington Post, Ali Safavi argues that it is unjust for America to continue to ignore the Mujahedin-e Khalq, Iran's main opposition group.

5. How can we sell the single transferable vote to the public?

Liberal Democrat Voice's Stephen Tall outlines his three-point plan to sell proportional representation to the voters.


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