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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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