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The five must-read blogs from today, including the back-door privatisation of the NHS.

1. Clegg promised no back-door privatisation of NHS. But new white paper opens the front door

At False Economy, Richard Blogger says that the Open Public Services white paper has paved the way for the privatisation of the NHS.

2. Tom Watson's letter to David Cameron: how will the PM explain this?

The Telegraph's Daniel Knowles asks why Cameron ignored Tom Watson's warnings about Andy Coulson last October.

3. How to save blue Labour from itself

Over at Total Politics, Sunder Katwala responds to Dan Hodge's NS post about the end of Blue Labour.

4. Osborne lets public bank bonuses rip, despite right's obsession with public sector pay

Left Foot Forward's Will Straw says new statistics underline the capitulation by the government on bank bonuses.

5. Ed Miliband ends the Baldwin controversy

FT Westminster's Kiran Stacey notes that the Labour leader has effectively killed off questions about his press secretary.

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