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The five must-read posts from today, on the election date, Rod Liddle and Vince Cable

1. Bob Ainsworth doesn't reveal election decision

Over at Comment Central, Daniel Finkelstein says the Defence Secretary hasn't given away the date of the election; he was making an educated guess, like the rest of us. The only person who knows when the election will be is Gordon Brown.

2. The politics of evil

Hopi Sen argues that the problem with David Cameron's speech on the Edlington case was not the purpose, but the content. A speech that promised to answer some "pretty deep questions" turned out to be a laundry list of existing Tory policies.

3. Indie journos send coded messages to Rod Liddle

Liberal Conspiracy's Sunny Hundal suggests that a favourable article in the Independent on Mary Seacole, the celebrated black Victorian nurse, was intended to be a wind-up to Rod Liddle, potential Indie editor.

4. Tony Blair to receive £££ from Tory hedge fund

The FT's Westminster blog reports that Blair is to become a paid speaker on foreign policy for Lansdowne Partners. And it points out that Paul Ruddock, co-founder of this hedge fund, is a prominent Tory donor.

5. Cable sets out economic vision, but tax policy could be more "radical"

Vince Cable admits that the Lib Dems' tax cut plans aren't as redistributive as tax credits, reports Left Foot Forward.

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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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