Web Only: the best of the blogs

The five must-read blogs from today on Clegg and the media, James Murdoch and Ukip leaflets.

1. These Shameful Attacks on Clegg Will Backfire

Iain Dale says that the "disgraceful" attacks on Nick Clegg by the right-wing press will only increase his popularity.

2. How did Murdoch get into The Indy's inner sanctum?

How did James Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks get into the Independent's offices? Gary Gibbon has the answer. You can bypass security if you are already paying a visit to the adjacent Daily Mail offices.

3. Can Labour stay in the government if it comes third?

Over at Next Left, Stuart White draws a distinction between the Lib Dems propping up a Labour government which lacks legitimacy, and a genuine coalition of the left.

4. UKIP compares immigration with oppression of Native Americans

Will Straw reports on a shocking Ukip leaflet which compares UK immigration to the plight of Native Americans.

5. Marmite and the BNP: love them or hate them, they've added a new taste to the election

The Guardian's Simon Jeffery blogs on the fact that Marmite owner Unilever is taking legal action against BNP over the party's use of a jar in an online party broadcast.


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Tony Blair won't endorse the Labour leader - Jeremy Corbyn's fans are celebrating

The thrice-elected Prime Minister is no fan of the new Labour leader. 

Labour heavyweights usually support each other - at least in public. But the former Prime Minister Tony Blair couldn't bring himself to do so when asked on Sky News.

He dodged the question of whether the current Labour leader was the best person to lead the country, instead urging voters not to give Theresa May a "blank cheque". 

If this seems shocking, it's worth remembering that Corbyn refused to say whether he would pick "Trotskyism or Blairism" during the Labour leadership campaign. Corbyn was after all behind the Stop the War Coalition, which opposed Blair's decision to join the invasion of Iraq. 

For some Corbyn supporters, it seems that there couldn't be a greater boon than the thrice-elected PM witholding his endorsement in a critical general election. 

Julia Rampen is the digital news editor of the New Statesman (previously editor of The Staggers, The New Statesman's online rolling politics blog). She has also been deputy editor at Mirror Money Online and has worked as a financial journalist for several trade magazines. 

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