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The five must-read blogs from today, including Mitt Romney's lies and David Cameron's child benefit

1. Why 2012 could be the year we start to worry about deflation

Inflation will much faster than many observers expect, argues Duncan Weldon at Liberal Conspiracy.

2. David Cameron: the master of cynical propaganda

Cameron could blow Machiavelli out of the water, says Owen Jones at Comment is Free. If he penned a book revealing his tactics, here's what it might include.

3. David Cameron's looming child benefit disaster

This was a stinker of a policy, designed in Notting Hill by privileged Tory modernisers, says Iain Martin.

4. Untruths, Wholly Untrue, And Nothing But Untruths

Mitt Romney's campaign is so dishonest that it makes Bush look like a model of truth-telling, says Paul Krugman.

5 Gove defends wife for comparing Louise Mensch to glamour model

Political Scrapbook notes that the Education Secretary has said he supports the right of women "to have their own views" after his wife caused controversy.

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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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