Politics 25 January 2012 Web Only: the best of the blogs The five must-read pieces from today, including what happens to the deficit if growth goes down. Sign up for our weekly email * Print HTML 1. Growth goes down, so what will happen to the deficit? Having bet the farm on deficit reduction, every quarter the deficit fails to fall as much as he promised looks worse and worse for Osborne, says Alex Hern at Left Foot Forward. 2. A whole new (hard)ball game? It's difficult to see how the Scottish independence question could fall foul of any reasonable interpretation of the law, says Wings over Scotland. 3. Europe gives Osborne the context he needs Bad economic news will reinforce voters' tendency to stick close to nurse for fear of something worse, says the Spectator's James Forsyth. 4. Lords failed to improve the NHS Bill - we must step up the campaign The only way to oppose the Bill now is extra-parliamentary, argues False Economy. 5. That "fair and transparent" Scottish referendum ballot paper in full Finally, Political Scrapbook has an exclusive preview of the Scottish independence ballot paper. › US Press: pick of the papers Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles The public like radical policies, but they aren't so keen on radical politicians Theresa May dodges difficult questions about social care and NHS in Andrew Neil interview Why is Labour surging in Wales?