1. Shamik Das at Left Foot Forward reveals that a Tory press release claiming that the Ministry of Justice has banned tinsel was a hoax.
2. At LabourList, Oli de Botton discusses the news that white working-class boys are falling behind in school, and the problems this poses for progressives.
4. Peter Hoskin at Coffee House makes the case (from the right) for John Hutton as a "hero" of New Labour.
5. Should Labour apologise for its mistakes? Andrew Sparrow of the Guardian summarises the arguments.