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The five must-read blogs from today, on the special relationship and Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatch

1. Foolish Fraser?

Left Foot Forward's Will Straw fisks Fraser Nelson's attack on Chuka Umunna MP and challenges the Speccie editor's claim that the Budget was "progressive" and "unavoidable".

2. Lansley's NHS revolution: out goes "targets", in comes "goals"?

Asa Bennett points out a piece of political sleight-of-hand at Total Politics -- Andrew Lansley's much-lauded scrapping of targets seems to have ushered in a new era of goals.

3. A surfeit of chairs

Luke Akehurst says that an elected Labour chair would be of no value, and calls for the post to be abolished.

4. Thatcher with dementia: not a left-wing fantasy

Over at Liberal Conspiracy, Dave Osler rejects claims that a forthcoming film in which Meryl Streep portrays a dementia-stricken Margaret Thatcher is simply a "left-wing fantasy".

5. A critical distance in the special relationship

On the Channel 4 World News blog, Jonathan Rugman argues that recent tension over BP could allow the critical distance needed to form a pragmatic, not fawning, relationship with the US.

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