Web Only: the best of the blogs

The five must-read blogs from today, on immigration, Fox News and WikiLeaks.

1. OBR: immigration cap will make no difference

The FT's Alex Barker flags up the OBR prediction that David Cameron's cap on immigration will fail to reduce net migration.

2. Fox News claims anti-fees protests were "rebellion against big government"

Murdoch's US news channel used footage of the student protests as evidence of a revolt against "big government", reports Left Foot Forward.

3. Forget the Hound Dog, worry about "unsymmetric" warfare

Paul Waugh says we should be more worried about North Korea's arsenal than lecherous Labour ministers.

4. Laffer curves for footballers

Complaints that higher taxes will backfire don't apply to Premiership footballers, argues Stumbling and Mumbling's Chris Dillow.

5. Does the British media hate the NHS?

Over at Liberal Conspiracy, "Dr AlienfromZOG" accuses the media of failing to report on improvements in the health service.

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Gerald Kaufman dies aged 86

Before becoming an MP, Kaufman's varied career included a stint as the NS' theatre critic.

Gerald Kaufman, the Labour MP for Manchester Gorton and former theatre critic at the New Statesman, has died.

Kaufman, who served as the MP for Manchester Gorton continuously from 1970, had a varied career before entering Parliament, working for the Fabian Society in addition to his flourishing career in journalism and as a satirist, writing for That Was The Week That Was and as a leader writer on the Mirror. In 1965, he exchanged the press for politics, working as a press officer and an aide to Harold Wilson before he was elected to parliament in 1970.

Upon Labour’s return to office in 1974, he served as a junior minister until the party’s defeat in 1979, and on the opposition frontbenches until 1992, reaching the position of shadow foreign secretary. In 1999, he was chair of the Man Booker Prize, which that year was won by JM Coetzee’s Disgrace.

His death opens up a by-election in Manchester Gorton, which Labour is expected to win. 

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. His daily briefing, Morning Call, provides a quick and essential guide to British politics.