Politics 12 January 2010 Web Only: the best of the blogs The five must-read posts from today, on Afghan polls, free speech and the poverty/parenting debate Print HTML 1. Sarah Palin: news anchor At Comment Central, Hattie Garlick offers us some vintage footage of Palin pursuing her vocation. 2. Kinnock warns of potential dangers of opposition infighting Alex Smith at LabourList quotes advice from a man who knows. 3. No escape for Cameron on importance of poverty At Left Foot Forward, Will Straw takes his lead from Polly Toynbee's column attacking David Cameron's comments on parenting/poverty, and looks in-depth at the Demos report Building Character. 4. Islam4UK ban: a sensible step or a defeat for pluralism? Michael White explores the moral issues around the ban, saying that while he believes bans should be avoided, you have to draw the line sometimes, if only to make a point. 5. Listening to Afghanistan The Bleeding Heart Show asks: how much weight should we give to opinion polls as a measure of the success or validity of a military campaign? Follow the New Statesman team on Twitter. › Gilbey on Film: Eric Rohmer remembered Subscribe More Related articles Who's winning the European referendum? The Vicar of Dibley gives us a clue Debunking Boris Johnson's claim that energy bills will be lower if we leave the EU Is Britain about to leave the European Union?