Web Only: the best of the blogs

Today's five must-read blogs, on the 2012 London mayoral race, the electoral system and the Taxpayer

1. At LabourList, Will Straw discusses the threat that the right-wing network of sceptics and deniers poses to the environmental movement.

2. Sunder Katwala of Liberal Conspiracy casts doubt on the possibility of Boris Johnson ducking out of the 2012 London mayoral race in order to pursue the Conservative leadership.

3. Meanwhile, David Hughes at the Telegraph speculates that Lord Mandelson could put himself forward for the position of London mayor.

4. David Cameron's plan to remove anti-Tory bias from the electoral system by cutting the number of MPs by 65 "won't work", according to two academic studies. Andrew Sparrow at the Guardian discusses the arguments.

5. Stephen Tall at Liberal Democrat Voice mounts a (partial) defence of the Taxpayers' Alliance.


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Telegraph rebrands shadow cabinet member Diane Abbott MP “Corbyn’s former lover”

Shadow international development secretary in demotion by rightwing newspaper SHOCK.

Diane Abbott is a Labour MP, and has been since 1987. She is now in the shadow cabinet, as shadow international development secretary. She's a pretty senior politician, all told. But this hasn't stopped the Telegraph choosing to describe her as "Corbyn's former lover". In a story that has nothing to do with the Labour leader, or the MP's past relationship with him.

In fact, there's no sex in this story at all. It's about a traffic scheme.

Here's how they promoted it on Twitter:

And here's the first line of the piece:

General sexism in reporting aside, your mole can't help thinking there were other traffic concerns at play when this piece was written...

I'm a mole, innit.