What worked in free-thinking opposition soon became unmanageable in government.
Brighton has lost patience with the chaotic Greens
By Warren Morgan - 23 October 10:27

What worked in free-thinking opposition soon became unmanageable in government. Voters are looking to Labour for solutions.

The benefit cap isn't working for the poor, but that was never the aim
By George Eaton - 23 October 8:36

The cap is less a serious act of policy than a political weapon designed to trap Labour on the wrong side of the argument and to demonise the unemployed.

Borrowing figures show how Osborne allowed thousands to avoid 50p tax rate
By George Eaton - 22 October 16:10

The spike in tax receipts was caused by individuals deferring income and bonuses to benefit from the new 45p rate, not a surge in earnings.

Major's call for an energy windfall tax offers the Tories an escape route
By George Eaton - 22 October 15:30

By rejecting Miliband's proposed price freeze and calling for an "emergency excess profits tax" on the energy companies, the former PM has pointed the way forward for the Tories.

History shows why the Tories should be wary of branding Labour as 'socialist'
By Kevin Meagher - 22 October 13:09

The party abandoned the practice in 1959 when some voters believed 'Labour' and 'Socialist' were different parties.

Why the falling deficit could be good news for Labour
By George Eaton - 22 October 11:03

The smaller the deficit becomes, the harder it will be for the Conservatives to make it the defining economic issue. Labour can continue to shift the debate to living standards.

How much does "health tourism" really cost the NHS? It's not £2bn
By George Eaton - 22 October 8:54

Contrary to the media scare stories, the actual cost of "health tourism" is estimated at £70m, just 0.06% of the NHS's annual budget.

Predistribution is no silver bullet for wage stagnation
By Lane Kenworthy - 21 October 16:01

The pressures militating against wage growth are strong and will grow even stronger in the future. But public insurance offers a way forward.

Poll woes for the Greens in Brighton
By George Eaton - 21 October 14:20

A new poll shows that the party, currently the largest on Brighton council, has been pushed into third place behind Labour and the Tories.

No. 10 refuses to deny that subsidy for nuclear power has broken Coalition Agreement
By George Eaton - 21 October 12:16

The PM's spokesman merely says that the agreement on a new nuclear power station is "a very important announcement".

Huge nuclear subsidy shows Tory inconsistency on markets
By George Eaton - 21 October 8:51

After denouncing Labour's proposed two-year price freeze as "socialism", the government has just guaranteed EDF and Chinese state investors prices for 35 years.

The political class is finally waking up to the youth unemployment crisis
By Spencer Thompson - 18 October 16:20

All the main parties now recognise that what is needed is not just an emergency response, but a more fundamental reconfiguration of the education to work transition.

The Lib Dems haven't retoxified the Tories' brand - they did that all themselves
By Richard Morris - 18 October 15:21

As long as the Tories are directing their fire at UKIP and trying to attract their core vote back, they will continue to remind everyone that they are the nasty party.

Simply bringing London’s maternal employment rate in line.
It's time to end London's motherhood penalty
By David Lammy - 18 October 14:18

Simply bringing the city's maternal employment rate in line with the rest of the country would mean an additional 100,000 working mothers.

Leader: Tristram Hunt could allow Labour to regain control of the education debate
By New Statesman - 18 October 14:02

The new shadow education secretary's eloquence and media savviness will allow him to challenge the self-confident Michael Gove.

Miliband on Cameron's energy policy: "wear a hoodie"
By George Eaton - 18 October 12:48

Labour leader says Cameron has gone from "hug a hoodie" to "wear a hoodie" after Downing Street suggests consumers should consider wearing jumpers to reduce their energy bills.

Danny Alexander brings home the pork with fuel duty cut in Lib Dem seats
By George Eaton - 18 October 11:28

Of the 10 areas that will benefit from a fuel duty rebate, eight are held by Lib Dem MPs.

The shamelessness of the energy companies shows why we need a price freeze
By Owen Smith - 18 October 10:16

British Gas's suggestion that households should simply use less energy is blackly humorous. But customers won't see the funny side.

The Obama polling that inspired Labour's cost of living offensive
By George Eaton - 18 October 8:47

While Romney led on managing the economy and reducing the deficit, Obama led on living standards. Labour believes the latter is the key to victory in 2015.

Exclusive: Labour MPs launch new Milibandite group
By George Eaton - 17 October 17:54

The One Nation group will seek to "outride" for the Labour leader's ideas and demonstrate that the party has moved into a post-Blairite/Brownite era.

The worst thing about the coalition? The wasted opportunities
By Matt Hawkins - 17 October 16:29

The chance to build a different kind of economy after the crash was lost. For real change, voters should look to the Greens.

The Tories draw level with Labour but Miliband overtakes Cameron
By George Eaton - 17 October 14:30

Miliband's net satisfaction rating rises by 23 points in the latest Ipsos MORI poll but the Tories are now tied with Labour on 35%.

The damage of Osborne's cap on benefit increases is now clear
By Lindsay Judge - 17 October 11:56

The new inflation figures show that it is under-indexation that will drive up child poverty rates inexorably.

Miliband's Wonga tax is another trap for the Tories
By George Eaton - 17 October 8:49

Should Cameron's party oppose the levy, Labour will accuse it of again siding with predatory companies against struggling consumers.

It's time to take Englishness outside of the football stadium
By Sunder Katwala - 16 October 19:13

Englishness finds a confident voice in sport, but has little cultural or political voice. Cameron and Miliband should not remain mute.

How Cameron misled MPs on living standards
By George Eaton - 16 October 15:53

The PM's claim that individuals' disposable income rose last year is not supported by the data.

How Labour can credibly pledge to outspend the Tories
By Andrew Harrop - 16 October 14:24

While restricting current spending, the party should promise to invest the proceeds of growth into future-facing areas like skills, childcare and infrastructure.

PMQs review: Cameron still lacks answers on living standards
By George Eaton - 16 October 13:19

If the PM wants to dismiss Miliband's energy price freeze as "a con", he needs to come up with a superior policy.

Living standards crisis continues as pay falls by 2%
By George Eaton - 16 October 10:13

Average earnings rose by just 0.7% from June to August, while inflation was 2.7%.

Food bank figures reinforce Labour's cost of living offensive
By George Eaton - 16 October 8:29

The Trussell Trust warns that welfare cuts, such as the bedroom tax, are to blame for increased usage and that some recipients are too poor to afford the energy needed to heat their parcels.

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