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Today's five must-read blogs, on David Cameron's NHS poster, inheritance tax and free speech

1. Darling, VAT and the general election

At Comment Central, Daniel Finkelstein notes that Alistair Darling did not rule out the possibility of hikes in VAT, thus removing a potential dividing line for the election.

2. The Express are wrong on housing benefit dependency

Over at Left Foot Forward, Graeme Cooke goes behind the figures in the Express to explain why housing benefit is set to soar by 15 per cent.

3. Is this approach too Dave-specific?

Mike Smithson at PoliticalBetting draws attention to that NHS poster and its personal pronoun -- "I'll cut the deficit", rather than "We'll". Is this a sign of things to come in the election campaign?

4. Vince: Tory sums do not stack up

Liberal Democrat Voice draws attention to Vince Cable's criticism of the Tories' sums on inheritance tax.

5. Islam4UK: free speech for bigots?

At Liberal Conspiracy, Dave Osler considers the problems posed for the left by the Islamist group's request to stage an anti-war march in Wootton Bassett.


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