Opinionomics | 24 May 2012

Must-read comment and analysis. Featuring the fiscal cliff. Don't fall off!

1. Has the ‘greenest government ever’ given up on carbon budgets? (Left Foot Forward)

Reg Platt reveals that there is a 50gCO2/kWh gap in the government’s ambitions that must be explained if we are to believe it is committed to meeting the carbon budgets.

2. Papademos, Grexit, and catastrophe blackmail (Telegraph)

Papandreou was clueless. Papademos was complicit. Where does blame really lie, asks Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

3. Government becomes banker to the private sector (BBC News)

Robert Peston examines the phenomoenon of the private sector paying the government to look after their money.

4. Fiscal cliffs, multipliers, and the myth of central bank independence (Free Exchange | Economist)

Ryan Avent addresses the fiscal cliff.

5. What Bagehot said… (FT Alphaville)

Cardiff Garcia has lovely historical (if very wonkish) discussion of the history.

Pictured: A fiscal cliff. Maybe. Photograph: Getty Images

Alex Hern is a technology reporter for the Guardian. He was formerly staff writer at the New Statesman. You should follow Alex on Twitter.

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It turns out the next Leader of the Free World (maybe) reads the New Statesman.

Hillary Clinton's released emails have shaken the political world. And one in particular has had a big impact – on the New Statesman office, at least. It turns out the next Leader of the Free World (maybe) learns about world news by reading the New Statesman.

While she was still serving as Secretary of State, in August 2010, her long-time adviser Sidney Blumenthal emailed her our article, "The military and the mullahs", written by William Dalrymple.

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