Votes at 16 could create a new generation of politically active citizens
By Stephen Twigg - 19 December 11:16

By offering the vote to 16 and 17 year olds at school, in college or in workplaces we can intertwine civic duty with our education system.

Why Labour's poll lead is small but very stubborn
By George Eaton - 19 December 9:04

So long as Miliband retains the support of around 20% of 2010 Lib Dem voters, the Tories have no hope of victory.

Miliband's sheet is still blank on public service reform
By Rafael Behr - 18 December 17:34

The Labour leader appears determined to avoid the challenge of fixing state services without spending more money on them.

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PMQs review: Miliband needs to offer more than lists of statistics
By George Eaton - 18 December 13:19

The danger for Miliband is that his "cost-of-living" attack will be blunted as the economic recovery accelerates. Labour must offer a bigger vision.

Unemployment falls sharply but the living standards crisis continues
By George Eaton - 18 December 10:19

Joblessness fell to 7.4%, the lowest figure since May 2009, but total pay rose by just 0.9%, a real-terms cut of 1.2%.

Cameron is trying to appease the unappeasable on immigration
By George Eaton - 18 December 8:53

By banning migrants from claiming benefits for three months, the PM simply reinforces the myth that immigration is an ill.

Why the national debt is about to increase by £30bn
By George Eaton - 17 December 15:16

The ONS's decision to reclassify Network Rail as a public sector body is a headache for Osborne.

The champions and the opponents of fracking are both wrong on energy
By Tom Greatrex - 17 December 13:50

Just as it is irresponsible to suggest shale gas is a silver bullet, so it is unrealistic to suggest that renewable energy can deliver all of our energy needs.

Cameron's indulgence of Tory fantasies is weakening his hand in Europe
By Rafael Behr - 17 December 12:08

The PM's Ukip-style positioning on immigration is viewed as weakness or blackmail by the rest of the EU.

Why airport expansion will be the tuition fees of 2015
By George Eaton - 17 December 10:49

As in 2010, both the Tories and Labour will promise to study the post-election report, rather than telling us where they stand.

Boris declares "we're not dead yet" - but his aviation policy soon will be
By George Eaton - 17 December 9:29

The mayor's proposal of a new airport in the Thames Estuary has merely been given a stay of execution by the Airports Commission. Heathrow is the frontrunner again.

Blow for the Mayor of London as his proposal of a Thames Estuary airport.
Boris Island fails to make Airports Commission shortlist
By George Eaton - 17 December 7:30

Blow for the Mayor of London as his proposal of a Thames Estuary airport is excluded as "there are too many uncertainties and challenges".

The growth of food banks shows why there must be no welfare cap
By Natalie Bennett - 16 December 18:37

Cuts to benefits have pushed thousands of families to the edge. Welfare needs to be paid on the basis of need, not within some artificial limit.

Today Ukraine, tomorrow central Europe: why the west needs to wake up to Putin’s ambitions
By Nick Tyrone - 16 December 17:05

The Russian president is trying to rebuild the Soviet empire and in doing so offering an alternative to liberal democracy.

Clegg leaves the door open to further welfare cuts
By George Eaton - 16 December 13:43

At his monthly press conference, the Deputy PM refuses to rule out reducing the benefit cap or limiting child benefit to two children for out-of-work families.

Just 10 MPs sign parliamentary motion opposing pay rise
By George Eaton - 16 December 10:54

Labour MP John Mann's motion calling for the pay increase to be limited to 1%, in line with the rest of the public sector, attracts little support.

Miliband's plan to increase housebuilding: the five big ideas
By George Eaton - 16 December 9:06

How Labour plans to meet its target of 200,000 new homes a year by 2020, including "use it or lose it" powers to tackle land hoarding and a "right to grow" for councils.

To solve Britain’s problems, we must solve the north’s problems
By Diana Johnson - 15 December 12:03

The same narrow economic focus that created our over-dependence on finance and the property bubble is also responsible for the north/south divide. We need a new strategy for regeneration.

Why Cameron has rejected Nadhim Zahawai's child benefit plan
By George Eaton - 15 December 10:46

The Tory MP's plan to limit all child-related benefits to two children would undermine the 'striver'/'scrounger' divide by hitting all families, regardless of their employment status.

Student protest has been quietly sweeping the nation. Now, it's getting louder
By James Evans - 14 December 12:12

The Occupy Sussex movement has acted as the spark for a new wave of protest against the marketisation of higher education.

Rising homelessness shows the damage caused by welfare cuts
By George Eaton - 14 December 9:37

Homelessness has now risen by 34% since 2010, with measures including the benefit cap and the bedroom tax blamed by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Crisis.

Sadiq Khan interview: "housing, housing, housing" is the priority for London
By George Eaton - 13 December 13:00

The shadow London minister says the capital needs 800,000 new houses and criticises Labour's London mayoral "beauty parade".

How Osborne's public sector pay cuts could harm services
By George Eaton - 12 December 15:43

The IFS warns that further cuts to pay could make it "increasingly difficult" for public sector employers to "retain and recruit high quality workers".

It’s time for a better deal for working parents – we need a childcare revolution
By Lucy Powell - 12 December 14:28

We should be celebrating, not berating, the role parents play in the workforce and in society.

Osborne promises "billions" more in welfare cuts - where will his axe fall?
By George Eaton - 12 December 12:07

The Chancellor suggests a future Tory government would make large welfare cuts, including a lower benefit cap.

Labour denies Heathrow third runway U-turn - but there has been a shift
By George Eaton - 12 December 8:50

Having threatened to resign from the last Labour government over the project, Miliband is now merely "sceptical".

Philip Hammond caught out after claiming living standards are rising
By George Eaton - 11 December 16:01

The Defence Secretary is forced to admit: "I haven’t got a specific measure I can quote."

Sadiq Khan hits out at Labour London mayoral "beauty parade"
By George Eaton - 11 December 15:01

The shadow London minister tells the New Statesman: "I’ve got no interest in being involved in a beauty parade" and accuses Labour's mayoral hopefuls of "playing ego politics."

PMQs review: Cameron tries to blame Labour for the living standards crisis
By George Eaton - 11 December 13:12

Rather than following Osborne and denying that living standards are falling, Cameron sought to hold the last Labour government responsible.

The cycle between work and the dole is trapping millions in poverty
By Aleks Collingwood - 11 December 10:03

With one in six of the workforce having claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance in the last two years, job insecurity is hindering attempts to reduce poverty.

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