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The five must-read blogs from today, including why Cameron won't abandon his NHS reforms.

1. David Cameron has shed too much blood to back down on health reform

The PM met with Nick Clegg and Andrew Lansley yesterday, and they agreed to press on, reveals the Telegraph's Benedict Brogan.

2. Should Labour be doing better?

The drift of Lib Dem support to Labour could yet prove enough for the party to win, says UK Polling Report's Anthony Wells.

3. Where has the pro-EU camp gone?

Even Britain's pro-EU institutions have become increasingly Eurosceptic, notes Daniel Korski at Coffee House.

4. Blaming the Victims of Inequality

Paul Krugman argues that the sudden fuss about values is a distraction from the issue of soaring incomes at the top.

5. More cutbacks mean more riots?

At Next Left, Peter Taylor-Gooby says there is a direct link between the cuts and social disorder.

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Cabinet audit: what does the appointment of Liam Fox as International Trade Secretary mean for policy?

The political and policy-based implications of the new Secretary of State for International Trade.

Only Nixon, it is said, could have gone to China. Only a politician with the impeccable Commie-bashing credentials of the 37th President had the political capital necessary to strike a deal with the People’s Republic of China.

Theresa May’s great hope is that only Liam Fox, the newly-installed Secretary of State for International Trade, has the Euro-bashing credentials to break the news to the Brexiteers that a deal between a post-Leave United Kingdom and China might be somewhat harder to negotiate than Vote Leave suggested.

The biggest item on the agenda: striking a deal that allows Britain to stay in the single market. Elsewhere, Fox should use his political capital with the Conservative right to wait longer to sign deals than a Remainer would have to, to avoid the United Kingdom being caught in a series of bad deals. 

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. He usually writes about politics.