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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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