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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LISTEN: Boris Johnson has a meltdown in car crash interview on the Queen’s Speech

“Hang on a second…errr…I’m sorry, I’m sorry.”

“Hang on a second,” Boris Johnson sighed. On air, you could hear the desperate rustling of his briefing notes (probably a crumpled Waitrose receipt with “crikey” written on it) and him burbling for an answer.

Over and over again, on issues of racism, working-class inequality, educational opportunity, mental healthcare and housing, the Foreign Secretary failed to answer questions about the content of his own government’s Queen’s Speech, and how it fails to tackle “burning injustices” (in Theresa May’s words).

With each new question, he floundered more – to the extent that BBC Radio 4 PM’s presenter Eddie Mair snapped: “It’s not a Two Ronnies sketch; you can’t answer the question before last.”

But why read your soon-to-be predecessor’s Queen’s Speech when you’re busy planning your own, eh?

Your mole isn’t particularly surprised at this poor performance. Throughout the election campaign, Tory politicians – particularly cabinet secretaries – gave interview after interview riddled with gaffes.

These performances were somewhat overlooked by a political world set on humiliating shadow home secretary Diane Abbott, who has been struggling with ill health. Perhaps if commentators had less of an anti-Abbott agenda – and noticed the car crash performances the Tories were repeatedly giving and getting away with it – the election result would have been less of a surprise.

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