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The five must-read blogs from today, on Gordon Brown, the “big society” and the weather.

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1. Did Ed Balls want Gordon Brown crashing his GDP party?

Iain Martin says that Brown might have picked the wrong day to re-enter the economic debate.

2. Risk factors

Hopi Sen lists reasons for George Osborne to be miserable (and to be cheerful).

3. Gordon Brown's "internal market" for MI6

A former cabinet secretary has revealed that Brown wanted to introduce a customer relationship between departments and the agency, Alex Barker reports at FT Westminster.

4. This is the Big Society, you see. It must be big, to contain so many volunteers

OurKingdom publishes Philip Pullman's speech in defence of public libraries.

5. Has "the weather" become Osborne's "It started in America"?

Finally, PoliticalBetting's Mike Smithson says Osborne needs a more sophisticated response to the latest growth figures.

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