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The five must-read blogs from today, on the coming Tory deal, Andy Burnham and former politicians.

1. Lib Dems should take the Tory deal

If the Lib Dems are ever to get proportional representation, they need to demonstrate that coalitions can work in practice, argues Mark Thompson. The Tories' offer provides them with their best chance to do so.

2. Andy Burnham opposes Lib-Lab coalition. Time to lock 'n' load?

Paul Waugh reports on Andy Burnham's remarkable decision to oppose a Lib-Lab coalition publicly and support David Blunkett's position.

3. Is Cameron offer of an AV referendum a cast-iron guarantee?

Remember David Cameron's "cast-iron guarantee" of a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty? Iain Martin wonders whether the sane guarantee applies to a referendum on electoral reform.

4. Alastair Campbell uncut

John Rentoul says that we can expect more Blair-Brown revelations as Campbell prepares the unexpurgated version of his diaries.

5. Why the media turn to former politicians in a crisis

At the Guardian, Jon Henley explains why we're seeing so much of Paddy Ashdown, David Steel, John Major et al.

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