It is incumbent on the serious interviewers to use their time wisely when they have a politician in their studio.
Wrong-to-buy, socialist Monopoly - and a rather strange cricketing romance.
Oil, Scottish Nationalists, and a split house - it all sounds a bit familiar.
Not voting isn't passive, but it only works if politicians care what you think. To be counted, you have to step into the ballot box - if only to register your disgust.
On matters political as well as fiscal, it is Labour that is better able to make the sums add up.
Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna faces a battle on two fronts as he attempts to secure Britain's place in a global economy - without alienating business leaders.
Although the spirit of British democracy is in good health, its mechanisms are under threat. The task now is to transform crisis into opportunity.
How did the coalition government manage to transform the media debate on macroeconomics so comprehensively - and what will happen now they have?
In a world where depoliticising politics is sure to get a cheer on Question Time, the parties are key to keeping the system running.
From Labour's mugs to Cameron's debate dodging, the run up to this election has involved a calculated contempt for openness and honesty.
Toni Morrison has plenty of laurels on which to rest - and this new novel isn't terrible. But given the choice, I'd read Beloved anyday.
Craig Brown finds rhymes for Guru-Murthy and Rees-Mogg.
The story of an obscure munitions disaster during the First World War meets a fragile form of biography.
The Tate has vowed not to take money from the arms industry or tobacco firms - but the oil firm's support is just as contentious.
This week the New Statesman recommends books by Wayne Price, Dorthe Nors and Giles Radice.
A new book by Tim Bale takes us as close as possible to understanding the awkward enigma that is Ed.
Work is now something we are supposed to be "passionate" about. But Joanna Biggs' portraits of the British workforce show that cant and hypocrisy are as resilient as ever.
Today, Hitchcock is revered for his contribution to cinema. But his reputation as a "serious" director came late, as new biographies from Michael Wood and Peter Ackroyd reveal.
Ryan Gilbey examines Mamet’s plays for clues to his changing politics.
Six months of treatment for cancer? A mere £30,000 at London's most exclusive clinics.
Why don't I have children? The answer is simple: I never reached the point where I wanted them.
It came as no surprise to hear him confess, with a hint of suppressed but immense weariness, the extent to which Hollywood has used history as nothing but an enourmous prop room.
The more we acknowledge that it hurts when someone is cruel about your appearance, the closer we might get to being kinder.
It's great being a Lib Dem - you don't have to believe in anything. For a brief moment in 1996, I thought I'd found my people.
Before I even got near the reds, I found myself thinking of a short story by Tolstoy, “How Much Land Does a Man Need?”.
“One rerun – it was one rerun of Friends! You can’t prove I’m thinking about it all the time!”
The Commonwealth League.
He was doing something I’d never seen before in Kentish Town Baths, and I’ve been going for over 40 years.
What kind of person, I wonder, steals a bottle of perfume from an incapacitated elderly lady?
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