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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Tony Blair won't endorse the Labour leader - Jeremy Corbyn's fans are celebrating

The thrice-elected Prime Minister is no fan of the new Labour leader. 

Labour heavyweights usually support each other - at least in public. But the former Prime Minister Tony Blair couldn't bring himself to do so when asked on Sky News.

He dodged the question of whether the current Labour leader was the best person to lead the country, instead urging voters not to give Theresa May a "blank cheque". 

If this seems shocking, it's worth remembering that Corbyn refused to say whether he would pick "Trotskyism or Blairism" during the Labour leadership campaign. Corbyn was after all behind the Stop the War Coalition, which opposed Blair's decision to join the invasion of Iraq. 

For some Corbyn supporters, it seems that there couldn't be a greater boon than the thrice-elected PM witholding his endorsement in a critical general election. 

Julia Rampen is the digital news editor of the New Statesman (previously editor of The Staggers, The New Statesman's online rolling politics blog). She has also been deputy editor at Mirror Money Online and has worked as a financial journalist for several trade magazines. 

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