Web Only: the best of the blogs

The five must-read blogs from today, including the double dip and the future of the Lib Dems.

1. A double-dip recession is more than likely

At ConservativeHome, Andrew Lilico says he expects a double: the only recession which did not involve one was that of the early 1980s.

2. Lib Dem schadenfreude is a distraction from the real job of fighting the Tories

Left Foot Forward's Will Straw warns Labour that a Lib Dem collapse would help the Conservatives.

3. What prospect for Lib Dem/Labour co-operation in the next parliament?

Over at Liberal Democrat Voice, Stephen Tall wonders whether the Lib Dems and Labour will be able to move forward on areas of public policy where they share ground.

4. Perhaps Labour isn't doing so badly after all

The FT's Jim Pickard lists three reasons why Labour is not in the dire state that some would have you believe.

5. Apply now!

Anton Vowl's advert for a new assistant bears a suspicious resemblance to that of a prominent conservative blogger.

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Police shoot man in parliament

A man carrying what appeared to be a knife was shot by armed police after entering the parliamentary estate. 

From the window of the parliamentary Press Gallery, I have just seen police shoot a man who charged at officers while carrying what appeared to be a knife. A large crowd was seen fleeing from the man before he entered the parliamentary estate.

After several officers evaded him he was swiftly shot by armed police.

Ministers have been evacuated and journalists ordered to remain at their desks. 

More follows. Read Julia Rampen's news story here.

Armed police at the cordon outside Parliament on Wednesday afternoon. Photo: Getty

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.