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The five must-read posts from today, on International Women's Day, Harman's rebellion and the "Daily

1. International Women's Day 2010: Women's rights abroad are not a UK priority

At the F-Word blog, Hannah Wright argues that the British government's actions do not live up to its words when it comes to promoting global gender equality.

2. India's parliament debates gender quota bill

It was an unhistoric Women's Day for India. Sunder Katwala explains why.

3. Harman rebels against the rules

Sky News's Adam Boulton reports that Harriet Harman has criticised the ban on audience applause during the leaders' TV debates.

4. Cameron hit most as all the leader ratings drop

PoliticalBetting's Mike Smithson reports that David Cameron's approval ratings are at their lowest point since October 2007.

5. Tebbit: Ashcroft failed the "Daily Mail test"

We all know about Norman Tebbit's "cricket test", but what about the "Daily Mail test"? Liberal Conspiracy's Don Paskini explains.

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The Deep Dive podcast: Mandates and Manifestos

The New Statesman's Deep Dive podcast.

Ian Leslie and Stewart Wood return for another episode of the Deep Dive. This time they're plunging into the murky world of election promises with Catherine Haddon, resident historian at the Institute of Government. Together they explore what an electoral mandate means, what a manifesto is for, and why we can't sue the government when they fail to keep their promises.

Plus: Rant or Rave? Find out which podcasts have had our hosts on tenterhooks.

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