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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Work with us: Wellcome Scholarship at the New Statesman

Be one of our 2016 science interns.

Britain needs more great science writers – particularly from backgrounds which have been traditionally under-represented in the media.

To address this, the New Statesman and Wellcome Trust, in partnership with Creative Access, have come together to offer annual placements to student or graduates from an ethnic minority background*.

The final 2016 placement will take place this Autumn/Winter (the exact date is flexible) and will last for four weeks.

Over the course of the placement, the successful applicants will:

  • Work alongside the New Statesman web and magazine team, learning about the editorial and production process, and how articles are conceived, written, edited and laid out;
  • Undertake a data-driven journalism research project on a scientific topic, which will be published on the New Statesman website
  • Visit Parliament and learn about how science-based legislation is developed and debated in the select committee system
  • Have an opportunity to interview a leading scientist or policy-maker
  • Write a regular bylined science blog on the New Statesman website
  • Receive regular feedback and editing from the editorial team
  • Meet journalists at other titles in the sector (previous Wellcome Scholars have met writers for the Atlantic, and presenters for the BBC)

Over the course of the placement, you will be paid London living wage.

To apply for the placement, follow the steps below and apply direct to the New Statesman. 

Please write an 800-word blogpost on a recent or upcoming scientific development which you feel has the potential to change lives significantly, explaining clearly and concisely what stage the research is at, and how it is likely to proceed. It should be written as if for the NS audience - interested, intelligent laypeople.

Please also write up to 200 words on why you are right for this placement and what you would hope to get out of it. You don't need to send a CV.

Please only use Word files, or paste your text into the body of an email. 

Send your application by email to Helen Lewis (Helen @ newstatesman co uk) with the subject line “Wellcome Scholarship 2016”. 

Applications close on 30 September 2016. Interviews will take place soon after.

This is a positive action scheme under the Race Relations Act.