A race to the bottom.
Osborne's welfare cap is a poverty-producing policy
By Lindsay Judge - 19 March 15:31

The UK is far more reliant than other European countries on social security spending to reduce child poverty.

"People are worse off under the Tories."
Ed Miliband's response to the Budget: full text
By New Statesman - 19 March 15:00

"This is the Budget that confirms people are worse off under the Tories."

They vote more than anyone else.
George Osborne shamelessly courts the pensioner vote
By George Eaton - 19 March 14:09

The Chancellor's offer to the over-65s is rational but crude politics: they vote more than any other age group.

Minute-by-minute coverage of George Osborne's fifth Budget.
Budget 2014: minute by minute, as it happened
By George Eaton - 19 March 12:20

A summary of George Osborne's fifth Budget.

An end to euphemisms for tax.
We need a Budget for honesty
By Adam Afriyie - 19 March 10:30

Osborne should change the words we use to describe our taxes: National Insurance is Earnings Tax and Jobs Tax.

Including the level of the new welfare cap.
Budget 2014: Ten things to look out for
By George Eaton - 19 March 9:12

Including the level of the new welfare cap, another rise in the personal allowance, a deficit trap for Labour and some surprises.

Pre-Budget attack.
Labour targets Osborne's 24 tax rises
By George Eaton - 18 March 22:00

The party says "It’s the same old Tory con – giving with one hand while taking away much more with the other."

We should encourage fathers and grandparents.
Labour's family policy needs to move beyond just supporting mothers
By Duncan Fisher - 18 March 17:27

We should actively encourage fathers and grandparents and ensure that they too have the social support to engage directly in the care of children.

Linking national policy and voter incomes.
Budget 2014: how Osborne can reduce Labour's poll lead on living standards
By Nick Faith - 18 March 16:21

The Chancellor needs to make it clear how national policy on jobs, housing and taxes will improve voters' personal situations.

The four groups she represents.
Why the Tories can't afford to punish Sayeeda Warsi
By George Eaton - 18 March 15:12

The Foreign Office minister represents all of the groups the party needs to win over: women, ethnic minorities, northerners and Muslims.

How Britain is faring poorly.
Budget 2014: behind the good economic headlines, warning lights are flashing
By Andrew Harrop - 18 March 13:39

On half of the 20 key tests of economic success, Britain is faring very poorly.

Meaningful power and autonomy for cities.
How Osborne could use the Budget to make peace with the north
By Ed Cox - 18 March 11:36

Rather than token announcements, the Chancellor needs to give much more meaningful power and autonomy to cities.

A symbolic change.
Eurosceptics will do well in May, but the federalists will retain their grip
By Richard Mylles - 18 March 9:51

The parliamentary alliance between the the centre-right and the centre-left means the increase in the number of eurosceptic MEPs will have a largely symbolic effect.

A new liberal divide over income tax.
Lib Dems revolt over Clegg's refusal to cut taxes for the poorest
By George Eaton - 18 March 8:41

Lord Oakeshott and the liberal Centre Forum are demanding a cut in the National Insurance threshold, rather than another cut in income tax.

The Tory Foreign Office minister backs Michael Gove.
Tory class war continues as Sayeeda Warsi calls for end to "Eton Mess"
By George Eaton - 17 March 21:35

The Tory Foreign Office minister backs Michael Gove and produces mock frontpage with the headline "Number 10 takes Eton Mess off the menu".

The best the Chancellor could do was to recycle an announcement.
Osborne's housing plans are too little, too late
By Emma Reynolds - 17 March 16:40

After four years of empty rhetoric, the best the Chancellor could do was to recycle an announcement from 2012 with a commitment to fewer homes.

The social consequences cost £39bn a year.
How inequality is costing the economy billions
By Duncan Exley - 17 March 15:38

The social consequences of inequality, such as reduced life expectancy and worse mental health, cost the equivalent of over £39bn every single year.

Just 15 per cent earn enough to pay it.
Those who pay the 40p tax rate are not "the middle"
By George Eaton - 17 March 15:12

Just 15 per cent earn enough to pay the higher rate. Osborne is right to focus on helping the low-paid.

There was never a pure, unsullied left.
With Benn's death, it's time to bury the myths of Old Labour
By Stephen Bush - 17 March 12:55

There was never a pure, unsullied left, seduced and corrupted by a power-hungry right.

A more powerful OBR could ensure fiscal sustainability.
The OBR should be given the power to adjust tax rates
By James Zuccollo - 17 March 10:38

Just as an independent Bank of England has helped ensure monetary stability, so a more powerful OBR could ensure fiscal sustainability.

The Labour leader's defining mission.
Why Ed Miliband is set to declare war on inequality
By George Eaton - 17 March 8:29

The Labour leader is increasingly convinced not just of the moral and economic case for tackling inequality but also of the political case for doing so.

Authority increasingly lies with elites.
As we mourn Benn, the rise of unelected power should shame us
By Richard Morris - 14 March 17:07

In the Ukraine, the Middle East and the eurozone, authority increasingly lies with elites, rather than elected representatives.

We are committed to making the EU work better for Britain.
How Labour will work for real change in Europe
By Douglas Alexander - 14 March 16:12

We need to boost Europe’s competitiveness, avoid a race to the bottom on skills and wages and ensure EU migrants contribute to our economy and our society.

With Miliband as leader, Benn finally felt at home again.
Thanks to Ed Miliband, Tony Benn died at peace with Labour
By George Eaton - 14 March 11:54

With Miliband as leader, Benn finally felt at home again in the party he served for so long.

"If you can plan for war, why can't you plan for peace?"
Tony Benn (1925-2014): ten of his greatest quotes
By George Eaton - 14 March 8:24

"If you can plan for war, why can't you plan for peace?"

The Labour giant died this morning.
Tony Benn dies at 88
By George Eaton - 14 March 7:20

The Labour giant died this morning at his home in west London.

Shadow chancellor urges fairer policy.
Balls calls for Osborne to scrap marriage tax allowance to fund 10p tax rate
By George Eaton - 13 March 17:26

Shadow chancellor says 10p tax rate would benefit two-thirds of married couples, while tax allowance would help just one-third.

Overthrowing the neoliberal settlement.
Can Labour learn from Thatcher and turn the wheel of history?
By Jon Trickett - 13 March 11:30

To overthrow the neoliberal settlement, the party must emulate the radicalism of the Conservative prime minister.

The remarkable degree of policy overlap.
Whisper it, but there's almost nothing Labour and the Lib Dems disagree on
By George Eaton - 13 March 8:56

Compared to the New Labour years, the degree of policy overlap between the two parties is remarkable.

There are far more people who don’t vote Ukip than do.
Westminster is in thrall to the cult of Farage – but Clegg knows that most voters see through it
By Rafael Behr - 12 March 22:46

There are far more people who don’t vote Ukip than do, including many who despise pub-bore nationalism.

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