Web Only: the best of the blogs

The five must-read blogs from today, including why the government is ignoring NHS experts.

1. NHS reform: the government wilfully ignores experts

The health bill will lead to less care and less quality care by less accountable organisations, warns Richard Blogger at False Economy.

2. The Tories are extending their lead on the economy

The Conservatives' lead on the economy has risen to 12 points - the biggest since autumn 2010, notes Jonathan Jones at Coffee House.

3. Polls: more people accept cuts than before

Elsewhere, Liberal Conspiracy's Sunny Hundal notes that proportion of voters saying the cuts are necessary is up from 55 to 60 per cent.

4. Florida Primary Overview and Forecast

At the New York Times, Nate Silver gives Newt Gingrich just a three per cent chance of victory in the Florida primary.

5. Fo Shizzle: Snoop Dogg endorses Republican candidate Ron Paul

Political Scrapbook notes that Ron Paul's drugs policy has gained him an unexpected supporter.

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Word of the week: Michellania

Each week The Staggers will pick a new word to describe our uncharted political and socioeconomic territory. 

After brash Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump paraded his family at the national convention, the word of the week is:

Michellania (n)

A speech made of words and phrases gathered from different sources, such as Michelle Obama speeches and Rick Astley lyrics.


"I listened hard, but all I heard was michellania."

"Can you really tell the difference between all this michellania?"

"This michellania - you couldn't make it up."

Articles to read if you're sick of michellania:

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