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The five must-read blogs from today, including Labour's Steve Hilton, and the myth of workfare succe

1. Workfare: why the 50% "success" rate is no success at all

There is little evidence that workfare increases the likelihood of finding work, says False Economy. It can even reduce employment chances.

2. Leftwing disruption of sporting events: a proud tradition

Liberal Conspiracy's Dave Osler highlights some precedents for Len McCluskey's threat to disrupt the Olympics.

3. Ignore the QE panic-mongering: inflation isn't going up

The Telegraph's Daniel Knowles explains why further quantitative easing won't cause an enormous burst of inflation.

4. Where is Labour's Steve Hilton?

Nothing has replaced New Labour, says Peter Goddard at Labour Uncut. Where there was once a clear brand, understood by the public, there is now a vacuum.

5. Four Phonies Update

Paul Krugman says that all of the Republican candidates' deficit plans -- except for Ron Paul's -- would lead to higher deficits than Obama's plan.

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Police shoot man in parliament

A man carrying what appeared to be a knife was shot by armed police after entering the parliamentary estate. 

From the window of the parliamentary Press Gallery, I have just seen police shoot a man who charged at officers while carrying what appeared to be a knife. A large crowd was seen fleeing from the man before he entered the parliamentary estate.

After several officers evaded him he was swiftly shot by armed police.

Ministers have been evacuated and journalists ordered to remain at their desks. 

More follows. Read Julia Rampen's news story here.

Armed police at the cordon outside Parliament on Wednesday afternoon. Photo: Getty

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.