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The five must-read posts from today, on nationalised banks, electoral reform and paywalls.

1. What do nationalised banks do?

At Stumbling and Mumbling, Chris Dillow argues that nationalising the banks may be preferable to "better regulation".

2. Is this how Tories plan to scupper voting reform?

Sunny Hundal reports on a Tory plan to make any referendum on electoral reform subject to a threshold of 40 per cent approval from the electorate.

3. Will Labour campaign for electoral reform?

Elsewhere, Next Left's Sunder Katwala urges the Labour leadership contenders to adopt a clear position on the referendum.

4. Why I am standing to be deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats

Over at Liberal Democrat Voice, Tim Farron explains why he is the best choice for deputy leader.

5. The Times and charging for content

Daniel Finkelstein reponds to criticism of the Times's decision to charge for access to its website, and predicts that rivals which fail to do the same will struggle to stay in business.

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