Web Only: the best of the blogs

The five must-read blogs from today, including the Germany-bashing at Davos.

1. 'Radical' Cameron joins in the Davos Germany-bashing

Germany's approach is being critiqued left, right, and centre, notes Channel 4's Faisal Islam.

2. Some thoughts on raising the personal allowance

Any stimulus that might actually have some impact on growth should be welcomed, says Duncan Weldon at the Touchstone blog.

3. What does George Osborne get in return for Nick Clegg's tax cut?

A Conservative Chancellor should be wary of accepting the redistributive logic behind Clegg's scheme, says the Telegraph's Benedict Brogan.

4. United we stand - keep the link

At Labour Uncut, John Spellar argues that this is no time for the unions to distance themselves from Labour.

5. Busting the means testing myth

Reducing the universality of benefits ultimately harms the very poorest in society, says Andrew Harrop at Left Foot Forward.

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New Digital Editor: Serena Kutchinsky

The New Statesman appoints Serena Kutchinsky as Digital Editor.

Serena Kutchinsky is to join the New Statesman as digital editor in September. She will lead the expansion of the New Statesman across a variety of digital platforms.

Serena has over a decade of experience working in digital media and is currently the digital editor of Newsweek Europe. Since she joined the title, traffic to the website has increased by almost 250 per cent. Previously, Serena was the digital editor of Prospect magazine and also the assistant digital editor of the Sunday Times - part of the team which launched the Sunday Times website and tablet editions.

Jason Cowley, New Statesman editor, said: “Serena joins us at a great time for the New Statesman, and, building on the excellent work of recent years, she has just the skills and experience we need to help lead the next stage of our expansion as a print-digital hybrid.”

Serena Kutchinsky said: “I am delighted to be joining the New Statesman team and to have the opportunity to drive forward its digital strategy. The website is already established as the home of free-thinking journalism online in the UK and I look forward to leading our expansion and growing the global readership of this historic title.

In June, the New Statesman website recorded record traffic figures when more than four million unique users read more than 27 million pages. The circulation of the weekly magazine is growing steadily and now stands at 33,400, the highest it has been since the early 1980s.