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The five must-read blogs from today, including the wrong reasons to ban the EDL march.

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1. Inside Gaddafi's Bab al-Aziziya compound

Lindsey Hilsum describes the jubilation -- one step away from chaos -- at Gaddafi's Tripoli compound.

2. The wrong reasons to ban the English Defence League march

We should be protecting the right to free speech and association, even for extremists, argues Sunny Hundal at Liberal Conspiracy.

3. What should we have known about fiscal stimulus?

Paul Krugman argues that plenty of information in January 2009 indicated that the economy needed a lot more help than it was about to get.

4. Jacqui Smith's unconventional decorators

The FT's Jim Pickard reports that an ivestigation has been launched after it emerged that Smith used day-release prisoners to paint her home when they should have been doing community work.

5. The comprehensive system works

Since comprehensive education was introduced, barriers to achievement for many young people have been removed, says Mike Ion at Labour List.