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The five must-read posts from today, on Ronald Reagan, Iraq and cuts.

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.


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David Lammy calls for parliament to overturn the EU referendum result

The Labour MP for Tottenham said Britain could "stop this madness through a vote in Parliament".

David Lammy, the Labour MP for Tottenham, has called on parliament to stop Brexit.

In a statement published on Twitter, he wrote: "Wake up. We do not have to do this. We can stop this madness and bring this nightmare to an end through a vote in Parliament. Our sovereign Parliament needs to now vote on whether we should exit the EU. 

"The referendum was an advisory, non-binding referendum. The Leave campaign's platform has already unravelled and some people wish they hadn't voted to Leave. Parliament now needs to decide whether we should go forward with Brexit, and there should be a vote in Parliament next week. Let us not destroy our economy on the basis of lies and the hubris of Boris Johnson."

Lammy's words follow a petition to re-run the referendum, which has gathered 1.75 million signatures since Friday.

However, the margin of victory in the referendum - more than a million votes - makes it unlikely party leaders would countenance any attempt to derail the Brexit process. On Saturday morning, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said there should be no second referendum. Tory leader David Cameron has also accepted the result, and triggered a leadership election.

It is true, though, that had Britain's EU membership been decided in parliament, rather than by a referendum, there would have been an overwhelming vote to Remain. Just 138 Tory MPs declared for Leave, compared with 185 for Remain. In Labour, just 10 declared for Leave, versus 218 for Remain, while no Lib Dem, Scottish Nationalist, Plaid Cymru, Sinn Fein or SDLP MPs backed Leave.

Rob Ford, an academic who has studied Ukip voters, said Lammy's call was "utter madness":