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The five must-read blogs from today, on Michael Howard, the all-white Lib Dems and David Miliband’s

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1. Did prison work in Michael Howard's day? Only if riots and jailbreaks equal success

Mary Riddell says that Michael Howard's time as home secretary was a catastrophe, with the prison system in meltdown from top to bottom.

2. 2.5 million new jobs by 2015? Unlikely

Anthony Painter says there is almost no chance of the private sector creating 2.5 million jobs by 2015. It created only 1.5 million between 1999 and 2007.

3. If we fail to address the image of an all-white party our reputation alone will put off future black and Asian people from joining

Over at Liberal Democrat Voice, Lester Holloway says the party can no longer denounce all-BAME shortlists as "illiberal". The party must act fast if it would ever wish to attract promising black MPs.

4. David Miliband unveils 21st-century vision for education

At Left Foot Forward, Shamik Das reports on David Miliband's plan to achieve a "genuinely comprehensive education".

5. David Cameron: one billion sterling

The FT's Jim Pickard says that David Cameron has inherited Gordon Brown's habit of conjuring up schemes that promise round-number cash figures.

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