Web Only: the best of the blogs

The five must-read blogs from today on Andrew Marr, Phil Woolas and the mid-terms.

1. Andrew Marr criticises bloggers. Is it 2005 again?

The Telegraph's Shane Richmond says that Andrew Marr's attack on bloggers shows how out of touch he is.

2. Why Phil Woolas is unfit to be on the Labour frontbench

Liberal Conspiracy's Sunny Hundal says that Phil Woolas's attempt to conflate immigration with extremism means he has no place on Labour's frontbench.

3. Housing benefit changes even more unfair than child benefit cuts

Over at Left Foot Forward, Pete Challis warns that the coalition's universal benefits cap takes no account of housing costs, family size or council tax.

4. Nick Clegg averted the axe from over-16s' child benefit

At Liberal Democrat Voice, Helen Duffett says that Nick Clegg prevented the abolition of child benefit for 16-18 year olds.

5. Incumbents Polling Below 50% Often Win Re-Election, Despite Conventional Wisdom

FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver explains why candidates who are below the magic number of 50 per cent shouldn't lose all hope.

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The Deep Dive podcast: Mandates and Manifestos

The New Statesman's Deep Dive podcast.

Ian Leslie and Stewart Wood return for another episode of the Deep Dive. This time they're plunging into the murky world of election promises with Catherine Haddon, resident historian at the Institute of Government. Together they explore what an electoral mandate means, what a manifesto is for, and why we can't sue the government when they fail to keep their promises.

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