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Pick of the Week

A selection of posts made this week on

Mehdi Hasan explains what Ed Miliband should and shouldn't learn from Tony Blair, and says the latest Human Rights Watch report on Bahrain makes for depressing reading.

Rafael Behr says that Lansley's bill has killed debate about the future of NHS, and looks at how rising coalition tensions are squeezing Labour out of the debate.

Helen Lewis asks if the Met betrayed rape victims to avoid bad PR.

George Eaton explains how Miliband should handle Len McCluskey, and looks at the highest income tax rates in the world.

Samira Shackle looks at how the Sun reported James Murdoch's resignation, and reports that No 10 is "underwhelmed" by Boris's campaign.

Rowenna Davis puts the progressive case against House of Lords reform.

David Allen Green asks if the News of the World sought to undermine a murder investigation, and marks the explosive return of the Leveson inquiry.

Steven Baxter argues that we should be less pedantic, and reviews a "muted debut" by the Sun on Sunday.

Nelson Jones says the line between abortion and infanticide is less clear-cut than it was, and asks who "owns" marriage?

John Stoehr says Romney's latest victories mean the narrative will also return to inevitability.

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