Web Only: the best of the blogs

The five must-read blogs from today on Lord Pearson, the IMF and Osborne's dodgy barnet.

1. Lord Pearson: worst campaign interview ever?

Daniel Finkelstein posts a car crash interview by Ukip leader Lord Pearson.

2. Taxing banks -- the IMF proposals are the best we've seen

Left Foot Forward's Varun Chandra summarises the IMF's proposals for a double-tax on banks, debunking the financial jargon.

3. Tories attempt to tackle the 'anti-politics' problem

Over at Channel 4, Gary Gibbon discusses the Tories' anti-Lib Dem tactics -- should they sack Steve Hilton?

4. Is this how a swing to the LDs would go?

At PoliticalBetting, Mike Smithson carries an animated graphic showing how a big swing to the Lib Dems could change the political map of Britain.

5. Osborne's Bad Hair Day

Finally, Paul Waugh reports on George Osborne's terrible "Brideshead barnet".

 

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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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