Why are ministers still ducking a debate on human rights abroad?
By Kerry McCarthy - 27 January 17:29

There are too many concerns to cover and too many issues on which ministers have been evasive for the government to refuse a full day’s debate.

Which countries have the highest top tax rates?
By George Eaton - 27 January 16:40

A top rate of 50% would be above the OECD average but Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, Spain and the Netherlands all have higher rates.

Want to defeat UKIP? Then get more working class people into politics
By James Bloodworth - 27 January 14:46

If the left could get a few more "normal" people into politics, perhaps it wouldn’t be left to the reactionary right to shake up the political establishment.

To fix our broken energy market, we need Help to Supply
By Caroline Julian - 27 January 10:31

The government should do more to help communities, local authorities and businesses not only produce but supply their own power.

50p tax letter business leaders gave £776,000 to the Tories
By George Eaton - 27 January 8:05

Of the 24 signatories to the letter attacking Labour's plan to reintroduce the 50p tax rate, eight have donated to the Conservatives.

The 50p tax rate is an essential part of a fair deficit reduction plan
By Andrew Adonis - 26 January 15:07

At a time when the incomes of ordinary families are falling, the highest earners must contribute more to reduce government borrowing.

The real Labour divide over the 50p tax rate
By George Eaton - 26 January 13:37

Is it a temporary tax or a permanent one?

How the Lib Dems and others changed their tune on the 50p tax rate
By George Eaton - 26 January 12:01

Danny Alexander and former M&S boss Stuart Rose attacked Labour yesterday, but they used to insist that the top rate should remain in place.

Why Labour will reverse Cameron’s top rate tax cut
By Shabana Mahmood - 25 January 11:25

The latest figures from HMRC show that people earning over £150,000 paid almost £10bn more in tax in the three years when the 50p rate was in place. We need to get the deficit down in a fair way.

Balls's surplus pledge leaves Labour with room to borrow to invest
By George Eaton - 24 January 22:00

Unlike Osborne's budget surplus pledge, Balls's only applies to current spending, leaving open the option of borrowing to fund infrastructure.

The Davos elite worry about inequality - but don't expect them to act
By Owen Smith - 24 January 16:05

Turkeys won't vote for Christmas and Google won’t vote to pay its taxes either.

Larry Summers reminds Osborne that the UK economy is still smaller than before the crash
By George Eaton - 24 January 14:41

The former US treasury secretary points out to the Chancellor that while the US economy exceeded its pre-recession peak years ago, the UK is still catching up.

The ruthless DUP knows it was right to ditch Paisley
By Kevin Meagher - 24 January 14:11

The former leader's savage attack on his successor, Peter Robinson, is a reminder that his party could see that he had outlived his usefulness.

The coalition's wage stats don't tell us much about living standards
By James Plunkett - 24 January 11:18

The government's new stats ignore all benefit cuts and exclude the 4.4m self-employed workers.

Cowdenbeath by-election: a good night for Labour and a very bad one for the Lib Dems
By George Eaton - 24 January 10:42

In Gordon Brown's backyard, Labour won an 11.25% swing from the SNP, while the Lib Dems finished in fifth place behind UKIP.

The Tories' claim that living standards have risen is nonsense on stilts
By George Eaton - 24 January 8:38

The claim that almost all earners are better off entirely ignores the cuts to in-work and child benefits. Trying to fix the figures won't work.

Clause 118 would leave no hospital in England safe
By Benedict Cooper - 23 January 16:20

The new regulation would allow Jeremy Hunt to close any hospital or department in Britain and rob the public of their right to protest.

Nigel Farage still doesn't know UKIP's policies - but don't expect it to damage him
By George Eaton - 23 January 14:12

It is precisely the UKIP leader's flippancy and his lack of formality that voters find endearing.

Will Cameron appoint a technocrat as Britain's next EU commissioner?
By Samuel Dale - 23 January 10:58

His party wants a eurosceptic but the PM may decide that he needs a business figure with a record of constructive engagement with Brussels.

Duncan Smith can't hide the death of "compassionate conservatism"
By George Eaton - 23 January 9:07

The Work and Pensions Secretary wanted welfare reform to be defined by Universal Credit. It has been defined by the bedroom tax.

Everyone in Westminster knows that the nation’s creaking infrastructure.
Even when they agree, Cameron and Miliband dress their vision for Britain in clashing colours
By Rafael Behr - 22 January 22:51

Everyone in Westminster knows that the nation’s creaking infrastructure needs an upgrade but Cameron’s “global race” and Miliband’s “new economy” must be depicted as ideological antitheses.

Stop stigmatising the unemployed: the problem is the lack of decent jobs
By Natalie Bennett - 22 January 16:08

Young workers don't need education in "turning up in time" - they need job opportunities that pay at least a living wage.

Andrew Adonis: East Coast Main Line could still be saved from privatisation
By George Eaton - 22 January 15:03

Former transport secretary says that the "chronic incompetence" of the government means "there’s a very good chance that the contract won’t be let by the election".

PMQs review: Cameron manages to pin the economic blame on Miliband
By George Eaton - 22 January 13:34

The Labour leader had no convincing riposte to Cameron's claim that he was "an arsonist" who "complains that the fire brigade aren't putting the fires out fast enough".

The Syria peace talks are doomed before they have even begun
By Nick Tyrone - 22 January 11:24

The real reason for the Geneva II talks taking place is so that the international community can pat itself on the back for "doing something".

Cameron will hail the jobs figures but the living standards crisis isn't over
By George Eaton - 22 January 10:29

Unemployment fell at its fastest rate since 1997 to 7.1% but average earnings rose by just 0.9% - 1.1% below inflation.

Alex Salmond's big problem: Scots don't believe they would be richer under independence
By George Eaton - 22 January 9:07

A majority would vote for independence if they believed they would be £500 better off, but just 9 per cent of voters think they would be personally wealthier.

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.
Morning Call: pick of the papers
By New Statesman - 22 January 7:28

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.

At Geneva this week, the government should push for the establishment of a Syria
Peace will not be achieved in Syria without Iran
By Douglas Alexander and Jim Murphy - 21 January 19:21

At Geneva this week, the government should push for the establishment of a Syria Contact Group involving both Saudi Arabia and Iran.

You can’t reduce poverty without an adequate welfare state
By Alison Garnham - 21 January 16:32

Labour is right to look to boost wages and housing, but international evidence shows that pre-distribution can never be the whole answer.

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