Politics 1 February 2010 Web only: the best of the blogs The five must-read posts from today, on Ronald Reagan, Iraq and cuts. Sign up for our weekly email * Print HTML 1. Checking Blair's "calculus of risk" -- WMDs and regime change At Open Democracy, Alex Holland says that the risk of biological and chemical attacks by extremist groups is not high enough to justify invading and occupying other countries. 2. "Camp Cameron" should worry about the steady erosion of the Tory lead in the polls David Cameron needs to find out why the Tories' lead has been slowly eroding over the past year, says Norman Tebbit. Soon there will be no time left for a major change of tactics. 3. Jackie Ashley's theory Luke Akehurst challenges Ashley's claim that the Iraq war "destroyed progressive politics in Britain for a generation". After all, the 2005 election resulted in an unprecedented third term for Labour. 4. Cameron gets cold feet on cuts? The FT's Jim Pickard says that David Cameron has wisely softened his rhetoric on cuts in response to the fragile recovery, but has left his party open to charges of inconsistency. 5. Tearing down the Reagan myth: now more than ever Liberals need to challenge the right's adoration of Ronald Reagan by pointing out some of the progressive (yes, really) policies he adopted, argues the Huffington Post's Will Bunch. Follow the New Statesman team on Twitter. › Obama's Iran policy could quash popular dissent Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles What the debate over troops on the streets is missing The problems with ending encryption to fight terrorism How long will general election campaigning be suspended after the Manchester attack?