Web Only: the best of the blogs

The five must-read blogs from today, including Damian McBride on Budget-making.

1. Three brilliant points made by George Osborne

Labour Lists's Mark Ferguson says that the Chancellor inadvertently made the case for higher wealth taxes in his Today interview.

2. Starters and Scorecards

Damian McBride explains how Gordon Brown's Budgets were made, and says Osborne and his team didn't seem prepared for the pensions row.

3. Ed and Nick get closer to Dave in MORI's leader ratings

Political Betting's Mike Smithson notes a surge in Miliband and Clegg's approval ratings.

4. The Conservatives have just lost the next election

A Tory majority was already looking difficult to achieve, says Mark Thompson. Osborne's "granny tax" has made it nigh on impossible.

5. George doesn't but Boris does ...

The Mayor of London will save £12,195.55 in tax under the new 45p rate, notes the Evening Standard's Politics blog.

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