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The five must-read posts from today, on elitism, social mobility and Kaminski

1. The brazen cheek of brazen elitism

Dave Osler argues that the Tories' latest education proposals miss the point. So long as the rich can buy their children one-way tickets to guaranteed privilege, the system will remain unfair.

2. Are these now going to get really squeezed?

PoliticalBetting's Mike Smithson considers the latest polls and says support for minority parties finally appears to be falling. He predicts that the Tories will be the main beneficiary.

3. Labour should stand up for egalitarianism, not social mobility

Over at LabourList, Rebecca Hickman says that the government must realise that social mobility is at odds with core Labour values of equality, co-operation and inclusion.

4. Cameron: some of the charges against Kaminski are "absolutely not true"

Left Foot Forward's Shamik Das reports that David Cameron has again defended Michal Kaminski over allegations of homophobia. But he reveals that Kaminski's Law and Justice party is planning a new crackdown on gay websites.

5. Save general election night: the saga continues

The Labour MP Tom Harris offers an update on the Commons campaign to make sure election night runs to order.


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What did Jeremy Corbyn really say about Bin Laden?

He's been critiqued for calling Bin Laden's death a "tragedy". But what did Jeremy Corbyn really say?

Jeremy Corbyn is under fire for describing Bin Laden’s death as a “tragedy” in the Sun, but what did the Labour leadership frontrunner really say?

In remarks made to Press TV, the state-backed Iranian broadcaster, the Islington North MP said:

“This was an assassination attempt, and is yet another tragedy, upon a tragedy, upon a tragedy. The World Trade Center was a tragedy, the attack on Afghanistan was a tragedy, the war in Iraq was a tragedy. Tens of thousands of people have died.”

He also added that it was his preference that Osama Bin Laden be put on trial, a view shared by, among other people, Barack Obama and Boris Johnson.

Although Andy Burnham, one of Corbyn’s rivals for the leadership, will later today claim that “there is everything to play for” in the contest, with “tens of thousands still to vote”, the row is unlikely to harm Corbyn’s chances of becoming Labour leader. 

Stephen Bush is editor of the Staggers, the New Statesman’s political blog.