Web Only: the best of the blogs

The five must-read blogs from today on the shadow cabinet, tuition fees and the Lib Dems.

1. Shadow cabinet: why strategy triumphed over the necessity

Over at Liberal Conspiracy, Seph Brown explains why Ed Balls, Yvette Cooper and Alan Johnson ended up where they did.

2. Tuition fees: Tories ready to go it alone

Benedict Brogan says the Tories are prepared to try and raise tuition fees without the support of the Lib Dems.

3. Why no space in Labour for those with names beyond M?

PoliticalBetting's Mike Smithson explains why all of the nineteen shadow cabinet winners had surnames in the first half of the alphabet.

4. Ed wants to steal our clothes

At Liberal Democrat Voice, Richard Morris argues that Ed Miliband is attempting to wipe out the Lib Dems by stealing their message.

5. David Cameron: rap head

Finally, Guardian Politics sets David Cameron's rap-like speech to an appropriately urban soundtrack.

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En français, s'il vous plaît! EU lead negotiator wants to talk Brexit in French

C'est très difficile. 

In November 2015, after the Paris attacks, Theresa May said: "Nous sommes solidaires avec vous, nous sommes tous ensemble." ("We are in solidarity with you, we are all together.")

But now the Prime Minister might have to brush up her French and take it to a much higher level.

Reuters reports the EU's lead Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, would like to hold the talks in French, not English (an EU spokeswoman said no official language had been agreed). 

As for the Home office? Aucun commentaire.

But on Twitter, British social media users are finding it all très amusant.

In the UK, foreign language teaching has suffered from years of neglect. The government may regret this now . . .

Julia Rampen is the editor of The Staggers, The New Statesman's online rolling politics blog. She was previously deputy editor at Mirror Money Online and has worked as a financial journalist for several trade magazines.