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The five must-read blogs from today on socialism, Silvio Berlusconi and the defence "black hole".

1. I am a Socialist, says new Labour leader (Tony Blair, 1994)

To those alarmed by Ed Miliband's description of himself as a "socialist", Sunder Katwala points out that Tony Blair also used the term.

2. UK Statistics Authority: "Serious deficiencies" in DWP use of statistics

Left Foot Forward's Will Straw reports that Iain Duncan Smith has been rebuked for his misuse of welfare statistics.

3. Is it the end for Silvio Berlusconi?

Over at Liberal Conspiracy, Claude Carpentieri says that next month's vote of confidence could bring Berlusconi down for good.

4. Italian students occupy Leaning Tower of Pisa and Colosseum

While the British graffiti a police van, the Italians occupy world heritage sites, reports Political Scrapbook.

5. Has Cameron left a £15bn "black hole" in the defence budget?

Cameron has left the MoD a big unfunded liability, says the FT's Alex Barker.

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