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The five must-read blogs from today, including the scramble to announce a charity tax U-turn.

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1. The scramble to announce a charity tax u-turn

Someone decided that the day that Jeremy Hunt appeared at the Leveson inquiry would be a good day to bury bad news, says Kiran Stacey at FT Westminster.

2. George Osborne has locked himself into an austerity cage. Now it threatens to destroy his career

The economy is collapsing, and the Chancellor can't move, even though all rational analysis says he needs to.

3. Krugman savages the austerians with embarrassing ease

Left Foot Forward's Shamik Das posts footage of the economist's Newsnight duel.

4. Is Sinn Fein really a party of the left?

A progressive party is rejecting modest tax increases on wealthy corporations, writes Evan O’Quigley at Liberal Conspiracy.

5. Louise Mensch accidentally accuses Hunt of misleading parliament

Hunt’s suggestion that he should meet with Cable was a clear attempt to lobby someone acting in a quasi-judicial position, notes Political Scrapbook.