The prospect of the election of Labour in 2015.
Why Ed Miliband is Alex Salmond's biggest foe in the fight for Scottish independence
By George Eaton - 04 March 8:57

The Scottish First Minister's claim that independence is needed to make Scotland and the rest of the UK more "progressive" is undermined by the prospect of the election of Labour in 2015.

Scotland won't have to wait too long for greater autonomy.
Even if Scotland votes No, the status quo will not hold
By Jason Cowley - 03 March 22:15

Whatever the outcome in September, Scotland won't have to wait too long for even greater autonomy

Greater localism can lead to lower levels of regional inequality.
Labour must challenge the myths about decentralisation
By Richard Leese - 03 March 16:57

Far from creating a postcode lottery, greater localism can lead to lower levels of regional inequality.

The party will now be entitled to equal levels of TV coverage.
Ukip named as a “major party” by Ofcom for European elections
By George Eaton - 03 March 15:38

The decision means the party will now be entitled to equal levels of TV coverage as the other main parties.

We need an end to unfair sanctions and new penalties for those who consistently break the rules.
The benefit sanctions regime needs to be tougher but more compassionate
By Nick Faith - 03 March 14:34

We need an end to unfair sanctions and new penalties for those who consistently break the rules.

Contrary to reports, the mayor is keeping all options open.
Boris hasn't ruled out becoming an MP in 2015
By George Eaton - 03 March 10:54

Contrary to reports, the mayor is keeping all options open.

Labour is best placed to overcome the crisis of political participation.
Rather than attacking Miliband’s party reforms, the Tories should learn from them
By Stephen Bush - 03 March 9:43

The Labour leader’s changes have left his party best placed to overcome the crisis of political participation.

The Foreign Secretary says this "is an entirely different situation".
Hague denies Iraq war has undermined western stance over Ukraine
By George Eaton - 03 March 9:00

The Foreign Secretary says Ukraine "is an entirely different situation" after John Kerry criticises Russia for "invading another country on completely trumped up pretext".

The former SDP leader, Tony Blair and Len McCluskey all back the reforms.
David Owen joins Miliband's big tent with donation to Labour of more than £7,500
By George Eaton - 02 March 9:29

With the former SDP leader, Tony Blair and Len McCluskey all backing his reforms, Miliband has built an impressively large coalition of support.

Far greater political and financial challenges lie ahead.
Labour backs Miliband's party reforms by 86% - but the really hard work begins now
By George Eaton - 01 March 14:43

After today's comfortable victory, far greater political and financial challenges lie ahead for the party.

"Today, let’s vote to change our party. Let’s build a movement. So that tomorrow, we can change our country."
Ed Miliband's speech to Labour's Special Conference: full text
By New Statesman - 01 March 11:58

"Today, let’s vote to change our party. Let’s build a movement. So that tomorrow, we can change our country."

Soldier
Putin calls the west’s bluff on Ukraine and Cameron is silent
By Rafael Behr - 01 March 9:46

The Prime Minister used to be more honest about Kremlin bullying of its neighbours.

Party reform will help turn Labour into a movement again.
Ed Miliband's Special Conference speech: the three key themes
By George Eaton - 28 February 22:07

The Labour leader's message: the reforms will get working people back into politics, transfer power from MPs to party members, and help turn Labour into a movement again.

The Chancellor may think he is a realist playing hard politics.
The flaw in Osborne’s pre-emptive strike against a currency union
By David Scheffer - 28 February 20:11

The Chancellor may think he is a realist playing hard politics. But these are tactics the Scottish government could also successfully employ.

The europhile and the europhobe.
Where Clegg and Farage agree: Cameron's EU renegotiation plan is a fantasy
By George Eaton - 28 February 15:53

It will become harder for the PM to insist he can succeed when the europhile and the europhobe both declare he will fail.

UKIP tries to remove journalists from fringe meeting on sharia law
By George Eaton - 28 February 13:52

"How can you be both a Muslim and an English man?" asks activist at meeting the party tried to keep reporters out of.

The Scottish Secretary could be the man to hold the Lib Dems together.
Why Alistair Carmichael could be the next Lib Dem leader
By Thomas Byrne - 28 February 12:30

Having successfully transcended his party's left-right divide, the Scottish Secretary could be the man to hold the Lib Dems together after the next election.

Don't assume that 2015 will result in another hung parliament.
A Labour majority is far more likely than most think
By George Eaton - 28 February 8:59

Having failed to predict the hung parliament of 2010, commentators may now be making the reverse error by underestimating the chance of an overall Labour victory.

Too many essential workers are being priced out.
We need rent controls to solve London's housing crisis
By David Lammy - 27 February 11:02

Too many essential workers are being priced out of the capital. Rent controls could address the uncertainty and unaffordability they face.

Miliband doesn't want to make a pledge that raises more questions than it answers.
Labour's view on an EU referendum - a work in progress
By Rafael Behr - 27 February 8:32

Miliband doesn't want to make a pledge that raises more questions than it answers.

The Prime Minister can see the strategic as well as the economic logic.
Behind the gun-slinging sceptic act, Cameron is a good European. Will he dare show it in public?
By Rafael Behr - 27 February 1:04

The Prime Minister can see the strategic as well as the economic logic that keeps Britain in Europe.

The trend is moving in the right direction.
How a minimum wage rise will help the coalition
By George Eaton - 26 February 17:19

The first real-terms increase since 2008 will make it easier for the Tories and the Lib Dems to argue that the trend is moving in the right direction.

This blue collar phase will pass unnoticed and unloved.
The Tories' claim to be the "Workers' Party" is just another cheap rebrand
By Owen Smith - 26 February 14:32

Just as earlier iterations have faded fast, so too will this blue collar phase pass unnoticed and unloved.

The Labour leader skillfully drove a wedge between the PM and his party.
PMQs review: Miliband calls Cameron out on the Tory climate change deniers
By George Eaton - 26 February 13:24

By forcing Cameron to reaffirm his green credentials, the Labour leader skillfully drove a wedge between the PM and his party.

A pact with UKIP would alienate centrist voters.
Tory group Renewal sharpens the case against a Conservative-UKIP pact
By George Eaton - 26 February 10:54

As the blue collar modernising group warns, a deal with UKIP would alienate the centrist voters that the Tories need if they are to ever win a majority again.

A report on the policy by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
Exclusive: The government's private assessment of Labour's energy price freeze
By George Eaton - 26 February 8:57

A report on the policy by the Department of Energy and Climate Change is released following a freedom of information request by the New Statesman.

Chris Leslie's pledge to avoid the wasteful short-termism.
Labour's plan to "declutter" public services is part of true fiscal responsibility
By George Eaton - 25 February 19:11

Chris Leslie's pledge to avoid the wasteful short-termism of the coalition is a good place to start. But far tougher choices lie ahead.

After withdrawing from the centre-right European People's Party grouping.
Cameron only has himself to blame for the Tories' latest Europe row
By Nick Tyrone - 25 February 15:54

After withdrawing from the centre-right European People's Party grouping, Cameron has no right to tell his MEPs not to flirt with the anti-Euro Alternative für Deutschland.

Labour tribalists would demand a promise.
A pledge by Cameron to avoid another coalition would put pressure on Miliband to do the same
By George Eaton - 25 February 12:43

Labour tribalists and the media would immediately demand that Miliband follow the PM and promise to govern alone after May 2015.

Any minority government would soon collapse.
If Cameron rules out coalition, he rules out being in government after 2015
By Mark Thompson - 25 February 10:40

Any minority government would soon collapse as there would be no impetus for the Lib Dems to support the Queen's Speech.

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