The Staggers 16 February 2010 Web Only: the best of the blogs The five must-read posts from today, on Amnesty, the Taliban and Northern Ireland. Print HTML 1. "Scum-sucking pig" -- how it compares with the great political insults Following the Labour MP David Wright's foolhardy description of the Tories as "scum-sucking pigs", Andrew Sparrow of the Guardian looks at how it stacks up against the great political insults. 2. This campaign to undermine Amnesty is shameful Over at Pickled Politics, Sunny Hundal revisits the evidence and defends the human rights group's decision to work with Moazzam Begg and suspend Gita Sahgal. 3. The sting in the tail of the fight against the Taliban Channel 4's Alex Thomson says the arrest of the Taliban's Mullah Baradar is a significant coup for Nato, but warns that defeating the Taliban remains a formidable challenge. 4. Mo Mowlam and the politics of private lives Daniel Finkelstein argues, in opposition to David Aaronovitch, that the example of Mo Mowlam strengthens the case for greater disclosure about politicians' health. 5. Recognising the role of Irish Londoners Ken Livingstone looks back at the Northern Ireland peace process in a guest blog on Left Foot Forward, ahead of a debate at the TUC on Saturday. Follow the New Statesman team on Twitter. › Brown hasn't benefited from TV interview From only £1 per week Subscribe More Related articles The Fire Brigades Union reaffiliates to Labour - what does it mean? John Gray on the future of the state on the NS Podcast Could Labour lose the Oldham by-election?