Web Only: the best of the blogs

The five must-read blogs from today, on Thatcher, child poverty and anti-cuts protests.

1. The Tories: a party in terminal decline?

Left Futures says that given the Tories' weakness in the north, Scotland and Wales, they may never win another large election victory.

2. Can Labour do moral outrage?

Next Left's Stuart White says the party's members should consider what they can learn from the anti-cuts movement.

3. As 2011 dawns, remember the 3.9 million children still living in poverty

Over at Left Foot Forward, Ed Jacobs reminds readers of the UK's high child poverty rate.

4. The whitewashing of Thatcher's legacy is our new disease

At Liberal Conspiracy, Anthony Barnett deconstructs the cult of Thatcher.

5. Parliamentary selections: democracy à la Monty Python

Finally, over at Labour Uncut, Rob Marchant says that the party rulebook is crying out for reform.

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Tony Blair won't endorse the Labour leader - Jeremy Corbyn's fans are celebrating

The thrice-elected Prime Minister is no fan of the new Labour leader. 

Labour heavyweights usually support each other - at least in public. But the former Prime Minister Tony Blair couldn't bring himself to do so when asked on Sky News.

He dodged the question of whether the current Labour leader was the best person to lead the country, instead urging voters not to give Theresa May a "blank cheque". 

If this seems shocking, it's worth remembering that Corbyn refused to say whether he would pick "Trotskyism or Blairism" during the Labour leadership campaign. Corbyn was after all behind the Stop the War Coalition, which opposed Blair's decision to join the invasion of Iraq. 

For some Corbyn supporters, it seems that there couldn't be a greater boon than the thrice-elected PM witholding his endorsement in a critical general election. 

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

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