Web Only: the best of the blogs

The five must-read blogs from today, including the case for taxing property.

1. Taxing property is not just a clever way to hurt the rich: it's inherently fairer

If we want the British economy to grow then we ought to be taxing existing wealth instead of new wealth, argues the Telegraph's Daniel Knowles.

2. Labour gets the best figures yet in the "blame game"

Fewer voters are blaming Labour for the cuts, notes Mike Smithson at PoliticalBetting.

3. Revealed: When Steve Hilton met Boris

Hilton is keen to learn what he can from Johnson about running a major city, reports the Evening Standard's Joe Murphy.

4. Take a bow, Peter Mandelson. Ed Miliband says you secured the Nissan deal

The Telegraph's David Hughes notes Miliband's expression of thanks to Peter Mandelson.

5. President of Belarus: I'd rather be a dictator than gay

Political Scrapbook highlights Alexander Lukashenko's homophobic barb at German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle.

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