The best the Chancellor could do was to recycle an announcement.
Osborne's housing plans are too little, too late
By Emma Reynolds - 17 March 16:40

After four years of empty rhetoric, the best the Chancellor could do was to recycle an announcement from 2012 with a commitment to fewer homes.

The social consequences cost £39bn a year.
How inequality is costing the economy billions
By Duncan Exley - 17 March 15:38

The social consequences of inequality, such as reduced life expectancy and worse mental health, cost the equivalent of over £39bn every single year.

Just 15 per cent earn enough to pay it.
Those who pay the 40p tax rate are not "the middle"
By George Eaton - 17 March 15:12

Just 15 per cent earn enough to pay the higher rate. Osborne is right to focus on helping the low-paid.

There was never a pure, unsullied left.
With Benn's death, it's time to bury the myths of Old Labour
By Stephen Bush - 17 March 12:55

There was never a pure, unsullied left, seduced and corrupted by a power-hungry right.

A more powerful OBR could ensure fiscal sustainability.
The OBR should be given the power to adjust tax rates
By James Zuccollo - 17 March 10:38

Just as an independent Bank of England has helped ensure monetary stability, so a more powerful OBR could ensure fiscal sustainability.

The Labour leader's defining mission.
Why Ed Miliband is set to declare war on inequality
By George Eaton - 17 March 8:29

The Labour leader is increasingly convinced not just of the moral and economic case for tackling inequality but also of the political case for doing so.

Authority increasingly lies with elites.
As we mourn Benn, the rise of unelected power should shame us
By Richard Morris - 14 March 17:07

In the Ukraine, the Middle East and the eurozone, authority increasingly lies with elites, rather than elected representatives.

We are committed to making the EU work better for Britain.
How Labour will work for real change in Europe
By Douglas Alexander - 14 March 16:12

We need to boost Europe’s competitiveness, avoid a race to the bottom on skills and wages and ensure EU migrants contribute to our economy and our society.

With Miliband as leader, Benn finally felt at home again.
Thanks to Ed Miliband, Tony Benn died at peace with Labour
By George Eaton - 14 March 11:54

With Miliband as leader, Benn finally felt at home again in the party he served for so long.

"If you can plan for war, why can't you plan for peace?"
Tony Benn (1925-2014): ten of his greatest quotes
By George Eaton - 14 March 8:24

"If you can plan for war, why can't you plan for peace?"

The Labour giant died this morning.
Tony Benn dies at 88
By George Eaton - 14 March 7:20

The Labour giant died this morning at his home in west London.

Shadow chancellor urges fairer policy.
Balls calls for Osborne to scrap marriage tax allowance to fund 10p tax rate
By George Eaton - 13 March 17:26

Shadow chancellor says 10p tax rate would benefit two-thirds of married couples, while tax allowance would help just one-third.

Overthrowing the neoliberal settlement.
Can Labour learn from Thatcher and turn the wheel of history?
By Jon Trickett - 13 March 11:30

To overthrow the neoliberal settlement, the party must emulate the radicalism of the Conservative prime minister.

The remarkable degree of policy overlap.
Whisper it, but there's almost nothing Labour and the Lib Dems disagree on
By George Eaton - 13 March 8:56

Compared to the New Labour years, the degree of policy overlap between the two parties is remarkable.

There are far more people who don’t vote Ukip than do.
Westminster is in thrall to the cult of Farage – but Clegg knows that most voters see through it
By Rafael Behr - 12 March 22:46

There are far more people who don’t vote Ukip than do, including many who despise pub-bore nationalism.

Stopping a race to the bottom.
Only a radical government can end the Great British Rip-Off
By Sadiq Khan - 12 March 21:44

The next Labour government will tackle vested interests, reduce income inequality and end the race to the bottom.

An open letter to outgoing CEO Euan Sutherland.
The Co-operative needs to set a higher standard
By Rowenna Davis - 12 March 15:22

An open letter to outgoing chief executive Euan Sutherland.

He believes No.10 is within reach.
Miliband's EU referendum stance shows he is confident of election victory
By Rafael Behr - 12 March 14:06

The very fact that the Labour leader feels secure enough to affront Eurosceptics suggests he believes No.10 is within reach.

Labour can't afford to go soft.
PMQs review: Harman shows Clegg no mercy
By George Eaton - 12 March 13:08

Labour's deputy leader's all-out assault on the Lib Dems' record showed that she believes the party can't afford to go soft on the yellows.

Labour's smart focus on living standards.
Why Miliband is right not to promise an EU referendum
By George Eaton - 12 March 7:59

Guaranteeing an in/out vote would have shifted the debate back onto Tory territory and could have wrecked a future Miliband premiership.

The system has to change.
The coalition can't ignore the fall in sexual and domestic violence prosecutions
By Emily Thornberry - 11 March 16:37

A future Labour government will require police forces and the CPS to regularly publish how they perform on violence against women and girls.

Osborne's stance is contradicted.
Danny Alexander says OBR could audit Labour's manifesto
By George Eaton - 11 March 15:01

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury contradicts Osborne and says the idea is "well worth further consideration".

The RMT leader showed gains can be made.
What Bob Crow knew: better pay can’t be won without a fight
By George Eaton - 11 March 13:26

While many pay lip service to the need for higher wages, the RMT general secretary was prepared to take the action required to secure them.

The union confirms that its general secretary has died.
RMT leader Bob Crow dies at 52
By George Eaton - 11 March 10:13

The union confirms that its general secretary "sadly passed away in the early hours of this morning."

nflation alone will ensure that the allowance rises to over £11.3k.
Why the Lib Dems' £12,500 tax allowance promise is a smaller pledge than it sounds
By Gavin Kelly - 11 March 9:35

Inflation alone will ensure that the allowance rises to over £11.3k and minimum wage workers will still be paying tax.

At least 20 coalition MPs are expected to rebel.
Jeremy Hunt's "hospital closure clause" could be a new NHS disaster for the Tories
By George Eaton - 11 March 8:50

At least 20 coalition MPs are expected to rebel against Clause 119 today, which would give administrators the power to close down any hospital or A&E without consultation.

For ordinary Britons there is no real recovery.
The Tories' opposition to Labour's youth jobs plan shows they are still standing up for the wrong people
By Michael Dugher - 10 March 15:37

Cameron's party can’t and won’t take the action necessary because it can’t admit that for ordinary Britons there is no real recovery.

A "Workers' Budget" for the Tories.
Tory group calls for Osborne to embrace the 45p tax rate - he should listen
By George Eaton - 10 March 14:19

Renewal's call for the 45p tax threshold to be reduced to £62,000 to fund the abolition of the 40p rate is smart politics.

Put local people in charge.
To stop youth crime before it starts, we need to shift power to communities
By Dan Jarvis and Steve Reed - 10 March 13:14

Instead of assuming that politicians have the answers, we should engage with the most affected areas and put local people in charge.

His strong connection with working class Scots.
Why Gordon Brown is a threat to Alex Salmond
By George Eaton - 10 March 10:55

The former PM retains a strong connection with the working class Scots who could determine the referendum result.

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