Politics 3 May 2012 Web Only: the best of the blogs The five must-read blogs from today, including why Hollande won last night's debate. Print HTML 1. Brutal debate should seal victory for Francois Hollande Despite some brutal exchanges, Sarkozy failed to produce a killer blow, says the Telegraph's Benedict Brogan. 2. Conservatives across the north are down but not necessarily out Cameron's party has a terrible image up here, but there is surprisingly wide agreement with its policies, writes Ed Jacobs at the Guardian. 3. The contests that really matter today The most important contests today are the mayoral referendums in 11 of Britain’s biggest cities, says James Forsyth at Coffee House. 4. Now Opinium makes it 5 pollsters out of 5 for Boris All of the pollsters are indicating a clear win for Boris, notes Mike Smithson at Political Betting. 5. Fight! Tom Watson and Louise Mensch at daggers over Murdoch report Political Scrapbook monitors the fallout from the select committee’s report into phone-hacking. › Interesting times for the retail sector Subscribe More Related articles Peter Mandelson: I pray every day for an early election to end Labour's awful state Jeremy Corbyn to tell Labour: "Prepare for a 2017 general election" What will Labour's new awkward squad do next?