Politics 11 March 2010 Web Only: the best of the blogs The five must-read posts from today, on spending cuts, soft power and tsars. Sign up for our weekly email * Print HTML 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. › David Beckham, activist rebel boy Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles Sooner or later, a British university is going to go bankrupt Why I slept on the street outside Downing Street When is the Budget 2017?