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The top five posts from today on climate change scepticism, "Political X Factor" and more

1. Liberal Conspiracy attacks the Times for distorting the findings of a climate change opinion poll.

2.. Left Foot Forward's Shamik Das reports on new research that shows hospital cleaners give greater value to society than City bankers.

3..The Guardian's Michael White gives short shrift to Simon Cowell's plans for a "Political X Factor".

4.Over at Next Left, Sunder Katwala recalls the Tories' past hikes in VAT.

5. Paul Waugh discovers that the final PMQs of the year will be between Harriet Harman and William Hague.

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The Deep Dive podcast: Mandates and Manifestos

The New Statesman's Deep Dive podcast.

Ian Leslie and Stewart Wood return for another episode of the Deep Dive. This time they're plunging into the murky world of election promises with Catherine Haddon, resident historian at the Institute of Government. Together they explore what an electoral mandate means, what a manifesto is for, and why we can't sue the government when they fail to keep their promises.

Plus: Rant or Rave? Find out which podcasts have had our hosts on tenterhooks.

Listen to this episode of The Deep Dive now:

 

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