Why Major's call for 5% interest rates is economic madness
By George Eaton - 11 November 17:10

A significant rise in rates by 2017 would leave more than a million households spending more than half of their income on debt repayment.

The next challenge for Tristram Hunt: what kind of curriculum does Labour want?
By Dan Holden - 11 November 15:37

The shadow education secretary must learn from Gove's mistakes and outline a curriculum that goes beyond memorisation and teaching to exams.

The question the Tories still won't answer about Help to Buy
By George Eaton - 11 November 13:52

Why does a scheme supposedly designed to help first-time buyers offer taxpayer-backed mortgages for properties worth up to £600,000?

Just how much media coverage does UKIP get?
By Matthew Goodwin and Robert Ford - 11 November 11:06

With 25 appearances by Nigel Farage on Question Time and more than 23,000 press mentions, UKIP is attracting historically unprecedented levels of coverage for a minor party.

Major doesn't name the real culprits behind the fall in social mobility
By George Eaton - 11 November 9:03

The distribution of power that the former PM laments was created by the surge in inequality under the Conservatives in the 1980s.

The case for a Labour EU referendum pledge is becoming ever weaker
By George Eaton - 08 November 16:13

Promising an in/out vote would shift the debate back onto Tory territory and allow Cameron to claim that Miliband is dancing to his tune.

To win in 2015, Labour must reject Conservative austerity
By Cat Smith - 08 November 12:49

Arguing that the party will be "tougher than the Tories" risks letting the Conservatives back into the game.

Watch: how Tory minister Anna Soubry stood up to Farage's immigration scaremongering
By George Eaton - 08 November 10:08

Rather than pandering to the UKIP leader, Soubry declared on Question Time: "You do not talk facts, you talk prejudice."

The Tories' EU games are undermining their "grown-up" economic message
By George Eaton - 08 November 9:05

The threat by Nissan to withdraw from Britain if the UK leaves the EU shows how the Tories' euroscepticism pulls against their emphasis on stability.

Jon Cruddas's George Lansbury memorial lecture: full text
By Jon Cruddas - 07 November 22:32

"Labour has too often renounced the transformative in favour of the transactional."

The housing crisis is worse than any of the parties are prepared to admit
By George Eaton - 07 November 17:00

Even a million new homes over five years won't be enough. The UK needs 1.5 million just to meet need.

The UK and Russia: how to end the paralysis
By Natalie Cox - 07 November 15:24

Rather than approaching our relationship with Russia from a humanitarian or social perspective, we should move past this web of irritants and seek a deeper arrangement.

Labour aims to turn the NHS crisis into Cameron's tuition fees moment
By George Eaton - 07 November 12:51

The party's new attack video shows how it will maximise the damage for the PM by reminding voters how he promised in 2010 to protect the health service.

Don’t bully those who wish to commemorate the war dead in their own way
By James Bloodworth - 07 November 11:17

All too often events aimed at remembering the victims casually morph into uncritical reverence of the First World War.

How is Iain Duncan Smith still in his job?
By George Eaton - 07 November 9:14

If the doctrine of ministerial responsibility means anything, the Work and Pensions Secretary should have resigned over the failure of Universal Credit long ago.

Why benefit sanctions could end up costing the taxpayer more
By Helen Barnard - 06 November 17:48

Sanctions push people into insecure, badly-paid jobs that leave them back on welfare soon afterwards.

Don't celebrate too soon, this recovery is dangerously unsustainable
By David Blanchflower - 06 November 16:41

The increase in growth has been driven by rising consumer debt and reverse austerity. Investment and wages remain stagnant.

The lessons Labour still needs to learn from Obama 2012
By Kirsty McNeill - 06 November 14:48

The party should aspire to build a campaign that redistributes resources from safe seats to the battlegrounds that will determine the outcome.

PMQs review: Cameron just wants to talk about Unite, but Bercow won't let him
By George Eaton - 06 November 13:28

The Tories go to war with the Speaker after he rebukes Cameron for ignoring a question in favour of an attack on the unions.

The energy price freeze is a means - market reform is the end
By Tom Greatrex - 06 November 10:14

Long after the price freeze has been lifted, Labour's market reforms will go on delivering a more transparent and more competitive deal for consumers and businesses.

How Miliband can skewer Cameron on low pay today
By George Eaton - 06 November 8:52

In May 2010, Cameron declared that the living wage was "an idea whose time has come". But the PM has said nothing substantive on the subject since.

Don't be fooled by the economic recovery, the odds are still against a Tory win in 2015
By Richard Mylles - 05 November 17:39

The challenges facing the Conservatives are mostly structural and may be impossible to overcome.

Why the Lib Dems need to start drawing red lines now
By Richard Morris - 05 November 16:02

To win back trust, Clegg needs to spend the next 548 days telling voters about his policy guarantees.

New York mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio's success should give hope to Miliband
By George Eaton - 05 November 15:09

The triumph of the radical Democrat proves that you can run from the left and win.

Balls shows how Labour will counter Osborne's green tax gambit
By George Eaton - 05 November 13:04

The shadow chancellor charges the Tories with penalising "the ordinary taxpayer" by shifting green charges from bills without punishing the energy companies.

Ed Miliband's speech on the cost of living crisis: full text
By Ed Miliband - 05 November 11:31

"The first and last test of economic policy is whether living standards for ordinary families are rising."

The success of the state-run East Coast Main Line.
Rail privatisation has failed on every count - but there is an alternative
By Val Shawcross - 05 November 10:07

The success of the state-run East Coast Main Line proves it's time to bring the other rail franchises under public control.

Labour plans to challenge Lib Dem MPs with bedroom tax vote
By George Eaton - 05 November 8:41

The party's announcement that it will hold a Commons vote next Tuesday on scrapping the measure is a test of those in Clegg's party who have condemned it.

David Miliband's speech on the lessons from JFK: full text
By David Miliband - 04 November 19:00

"Kennedy’s great insight was to know that we can live together better and more peaceably if we find ways to co-operate."

Why Scottish independence wouldn't mean a permanent majority for the Tories
By George Eaton - 04 November 16:02

Unless the Tories dramatically improve their performance in the north, independence would most likely lead to further hung parliaments or small majorities for them or Labour.

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