Web Only: the best of the blogs

The five must-read blogs from today, on Chris Grayling, ripping off the jobless and the Lib Dem bus.

1. Chris Grayling gay row: dirty tricks or public service?

Over at the Guardian, Toby Helm, who broke the Grayling story, rebuts claims that the secret recording of the Tory shadow home secretary was part of a Labour "dirty tricks" operation.

2. It's time for David Davis

Meanwhile, SNP Tactical Voting suggests that David Cameron should look to replace Grayling with the plain-speaking Davis.

3. Economic outrage du jour: ripping off the jobless

The Daily Kos reports on how the US data processing company Talx has made it almost impossible for jobless people to claim unemployment benefits.

4. Cameron uncut -- message matters more than money

The Tories cannot at one and the same time cut the Budget deficit, protect public spending and cut taxes, argues Alastair Campbell.

5. The Lib Dem battle bus is spotted

The FT's Alex Barker spots the Liberal Democrats' battle bus hidden on the south side of the Thames. It carries giant pictures of both Nick Clegg and Vince Cable.

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