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The five must-read blogs from today, on Michael Foot, the leaders' debates and the BBC.

1. Michael Foot and power

Daniel Finkelstein says that Foot, who served as employment secretary in the 1970s, deserves to be recognised as a man of government and not simply a failed opposition figure.

2. Straw on Foot's "conjuror's speech"

Paul Waugh recalls the classic speech by Foot that so impressed a young Jack Straw.

3. Do the debates mean these numbers are more important?

The upcoming TV debates mean that we should pay closer attention to the leaders' approval ratings, says PoliticalBetting's Mike Smithson.

4. Questions for Michael Gove on the Tories' schools policies

At Left Foot Forward, Jo Thomas-Corr poses a series of questions for the shadow schools secretary on the eve of the Tories unveiling their education policy.

5. BBC 6 Music and Asian Network: why a hideously white middle-aged man cares

Liberal Conspiracy's Dave Osler argues that the BBC should remain the broadcasting equivalent of à la carte dining.

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