Web Only: the best of the blogs

The five must-read blogs from today, on Afghanistan, the Alternative Vote and polling.

1. Depression debt

Responding to Niall Ferguson, Paul Krugman looks back to the 1930s and finds that the deterioration in the US debt took place under tight-fisted Hoover, rather than high-spending FDR.

2. The Alternative Vote in Australia -- what does it produce?

At ConservativeHome, Tim Roll-Pickering looks at what outcomes AV has produced in Australia, including the impact on extremist parties and whether one party can win the most votes but not the most seats.

3. This is the beginning of the end in Afghanistan

This is the endgame for our involvement in Afghan affairs, says the Telegraph's Mary Riddell. The test now is whether the west can improve its disastrous record in Iraq and leave Afghanistan a better place.

4. Has the Times now given up on polling?

PoliticalBetting's Mike Smithson explores the dearth of opinion polls since the election and asks if the Times and the Telegraph have given up on them.

5. Cameron: Megrahi release "not a BP decision"

Gary Gibbon discusses David Cameron's appearance on a Washington radio show ahead of his press conference with Barack Obama this evening.

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