The New Statesman’s rolling politics blog

RSS

Web Only: the best of the blogs

The five must-read posts from today, on spending cuts, soft power and tsars.

1. Women at work should fear spending cuts

At Left Foot Forward, Nicola Smith warns that swingeing public-sector cuts would quickly lead to significant job losses for women.

2. If Obama's America can't make soft power work, what hope does Europe have?

A series of foreign policy failures by Barack Obama throws the EU's approach into doubt as well, says the Economist's Charlemagne.

3. Samantha Cameron vs Sarah Brown: This could get nasty

As the election race gathers pace, the leaders' wives will be competing directly for the first time. Things may get messy, says the Telegraph's Will Heaven.

4. Where to place the Lib Dems on the political spectrum

Luke Akehurst says that the Liberal Democrats' plan to reduce the deficit by spending cuts alone puts them to the right of the Conservatives.

5. Government creates more tsars than Russia

The Commons public administration committee is not impressed by the proliferation of informal government appointments, says Andrew Sparrow.

Sign up now to CommentPlus for the pick of the day's opinion, comment and analysis in your inbox at 8am.