The Staggers 7 February 2010 Web Only: the best of the blogs The five must-read posts from this weekend, on poll ratings, election dates, and MPs expenses. Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up 1. Does Cameron really need an 11-point lead? Andy Cooke at PoliticalBetting looks at the voting system to establish how many votes the Tories really need to win an outright majority. 2. The phoney war of election speculation Sunder Katwala argues that the general election will take place on 6 May, and speculation otherwise is pointless. 3. The rise of the carpetbaggers At the Bleeding Heart Show, Neil Robertson blogs about regional disillusionment, focusing on the backlash against the selection of Luciana Berger as Labour's candidate for Liverpool Wavertree. 4. What happened to the 21 Conservative MPs who voted to block expenses reform in summer 2008? An interesting story at Liberal Democrat Voice about the expenses claims of those who voted against reforming the system. 5. On NI, Tory fears of Labour spinsters, and headbands in sport Alastair Campbell explains his emotional appearance on the Andrew Marr Show this morning. Follow the New Statesman team on Twitter. › What we can learn from Scandinavia about equality Subscribe For daily analysis & more political coverage from Westminster and beyond subscribe for just £1 per month!