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Web Only: the best of the blogs

The five must-read blogs from today, on Alan Johnson, the EMA and Clegg’s Scottish discomfort.

1. Will Alan Johnson take an "Estelle pill"?

Over at PoliticalBetting, Chilon suggests that Johnson may follow Estelle Morris and admit that he is "not up to the job".

2. Watch: When Cameron promised not to cut EMA

Liberal Conspiracy's Sunny Hundal posts footage from 2009 of Cameron defending the Education Maintenance Allowance.

3. Clegg's Scottish discomfort

Support for the Liberal Democrats has plunged by more than half since the 2007 elections, reports Left Foot Forward's Ed Jacobs.

4. Second rate, second best, second chance

Paul Waugh says Cameron's description of the NHS as "second rate" will allow Labour to hammer him.

5. Do parents matter?

Finally, at Stumbling and Mumbling, Chris Dillow reviews a new paper looking at the impact the death of a parent has on future earnings.

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