The Staggers 17 February 2012 Web Only: best of the blogs The five must-read posts from today, including Mitt Romney's weirdo factor. Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up 1. Mitt Romney suffers from the 'weirdo factor' As the season wears on Romney is looking less and less like a regular Joe, says Tim Stanley at the Telegraph. 2. Reversing Local Austerity Paul Krugman says that reversing the cuts in state and local governments would put well over a million people back in work. 3. Ten ways to save money on FOI without changing the Act Over at Liberal Conspiracy, Martin Williams argues that the government does not need to start charging for FoI requests. 4. Treasury estimates 100 senior civil servants may have been paid through companies FT Westminster's Jim Pickard reveals that far more civil servants than previously thought were being paid as companies rather than individuals. 5. Now even crap MPs can get their own ministerial box -- for £1,175 And finally, Political Scrapbook notes that those MPs who will never get an iconic red box can now buy the next best thing. › Chart of the day: retail sales figures Subscribe To stay on top of global affairs and enjoy even more international coverage subscribe for just £1 per month!