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The five must-read blogs from today, including what the decline of press means for the party system.

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1. Decline of press, decline of parties

If the press were to go into accelerated decline, support for the two main parties might decline, says Chris Dillow at Stumbling and Mumbling.

2. Why Miliband needs to take a close look at his own private office before he criticises others

At ConservativeHome, Lord Ashcroft says that Tom Baldwin, Ed Miliband's director of communications, is guilty of a "number of infringements of the law."

3. Cameron makes poor start on the long road back

The Spectator's James Forsyth writes that Cameron needs to say that he regrets the decision to appoint Andy Coulson.

4. How UK taxpayers underwite military sales to a Middle East autocracy

Left Foot Forward's Daniel Elton looks at Britain's arms deals with the United Arab Emirates.

5. What does Tom Watson know that we don't, about News International?

Liberal Conspiracy's Sunny Hundal notes Tom Watson's claim that the News of the World also used "computer hacking, tracker devices and other forms of covert surveillance".