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The five must-read posts from today, on Cameron's diaries, crowdsourcing and Cuba.

1. Two cheers for George Osborne

Next Left's Sunder Katwala praises the Tory shadow chancellor for defying right-wing convention by agreeing that the state should seek to narrow the gap between the rich and the poor.

2. David Cameron's Diaries: "Head bangers" and "wife beaters"

At LabourList, Gabe Trodd selects highlights from Cameron's old diary for the Guardian, including a tense encounter with David Davis and the "wife-beater" question.

3. Amateur hour: Crowdsourcing the campaign

Over at the BBC, Rory Cellan-Jones considers what the impact of the internet will be on this election. Crowdsourcing is probably just another forum, as we've yet to see the evidence that the amateurs can do as good a job as the professionals.

4. Lawson: Scrap "absurd" Climate Change Act

Nigel Lawson has called for the Climate Change Act to be scrapped in order to allow a third runway at Heathrow, reports Will Straw. That won't go down well with David Cameron.

5. Derek Simpson and Cuba

Paul Waugh questions why the Unite leader is calling for "better relations" with Cuba, given the country's record on trade-union rights.

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Cabinet audit: what does the appointment of Liam Fox as International Trade Secretary mean for policy?

The political and policy-based implications of the new Secretary of State for International Trade.

Only Nixon, it is said, could have gone to China. Only a politician with the impeccable Commie-bashing credentials of the 37th President had the political capital necessary to strike a deal with the People’s Republic of China.

Theresa May’s great hope is that only Liam Fox, the newly-installed Secretary of State for International Trade, has the Euro-bashing credentials to break the news to the Brexiteers that a deal between a post-Leave United Kingdom and China might be somewhat harder to negotiate than Vote Leave suggested.

The biggest item on the agenda: striking a deal that allows Britain to stay in the single market. Elsewhere, Fox should use his political capital with the Conservative right to wait longer to sign deals than a Remainer would have to, to avoid the United Kingdom being caught in a series of bad deals. 

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. He usually writes about politics.