Web Only: the best of the blogs

The five must-read blogs from today on Kay Burley, the shadow cabinet and child benefit.

1. When Harry met Kay

Political Scrapbook documents Kay Burley's error-strewn interview with 97-year-old Conservative activist Harry Beckough.

2. How does Ed Miliband fill the shadow chancellor role?

Ahead of tonight's results, FT Westminster's Jim Pickard looks at the options for the key appointment of shadow chancellor.

3. Information is Beautiful: You've Been Quango'ed

Over at the Guardian Data Blog, David McCandless shares a visualisation of how many quangos there are and what they cost.

4. The incumbency factor is alive and well

At Labour Uncut, Philip Cowley looks at why incumbents outperformed newcomers at the last election.

5. Five more government confusions over child benefit

Finally, Next Left's Sunder Katwala list five reasons why the coalition's child benefits plan has become more, not less, confusing.


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Word of the week: Michellania

Each week The Staggers will pick a new word to describe our uncharted political and socioeconomic territory. 

After brash Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump paraded his family at the national convention, the word of the week is:

Michellania (n)

A speech made of words and phrases gathered from different sources, such as Michelle Obama speeches and Rick Astley lyrics.


"I listened hard, but all I heard was michellania."

"Can you really tell the difference between all this michellania?"

"This michellania - you couldn't make it up."

Articles to read if you're sick of michellania:

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