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The five must-read blogs from today on a "bigoted woman", Tory councils and the right-wing media.

1. Brown was wrong - but politicians need to disagree with voters too

Sunder Katwala says that the lesson from Brown's encounter today is that any disagreement ought to be expressed to the voter, not privately afterwards.

2. Why Brown was right to blame his staff

At Comment Central, Daniel Finkelstein says Gordon Brown was right to be angry with his staff this morning: they forgot to tell him to take the mike off.

3. Options for David Cameron if there's a hung parliament

Gary Gibbon explores whether David Cameron could strike a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party in the event of a hung parliament. He also reveals that the Lib Dems believe Cameron will be able to lead a minority government if he is no more than 20 seats short of a majority.

4. Cameron's Councils show the real face of Tory government

Over at Left Foot Forward, Mary Thorogood argues that we should look at Tory councils to get a picture of what a Conservative Britain would look like -- and it certainly isn't the "supportive funding environment for volunteer-based charities and community groups" that Cameron describes.

5. Exclusive poll: newspaper hostility makes voters more likely to back Lib Dems

Liberal Democrat Voice's Mark Pack publishes the results of a survey which found that press attacks on the Lib Dems make people more likely to vote for the party.


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