Labour pins Osborne down on bank bonuses
By George Eaton - 15 January 8:36

The party challenges the Chancellor to veto any move by RBS to double the bank bonus cap under new EU rules.

Right to Buy is making the housing crisis worse. Here's how to reform it
By Tom Copley - 14 January 16:23

The government should ban private landlords from buying former council housing and abolish discounts on the properties.

Inflation is down, but the Tories shouldn't declare the living standards crisis over
By George Eaton - 14 January 13:59

Average wages are still rising slower than prices and will almost certainly be lower in 2015 than they were in 2010.

Cameron's flooding review must test the nation's preparedness for climate change
By Guy Shrubsole - 14 January 11:20

To date, the coalition has unforgivably weakened Britain's climate adaptation plans.

Miliband pitches for the middle class: five observations
By George Eaton - 14 January 9:12

The Labour leader reaches beyond his party's core vote and acknowledges that the living standards crisis began before the coalition.

Duncan Smith hints at cut in the benefit cap
By George Eaton - 13 January 15:59

Work and Pensions Secretary says "we will keep the policy under review" when asked whether the cap could be reduced from £26,000.

It's time to give our education system a year off from reform
By Joe Hallgarten - 13 January 14:17

A politics-free period in schools could improve outcomes faster than any policy change.

Why the SNP shouldn't be celebrating the UK's pledge to guarantee Scotland's debt
By George Eaton - 13 January 11:40

The move reflects the justified belief among investors that Scotland's debt position would be weaker than that of the UK.

Tory group Renewal: capitalism needs "emergency shock treatment"
By George Eaton - 13 January 8:54

The Conservative organisation is wise to warn that the party should not position itself as the defender of a market system that is not working for the low-paid.

If the Tories lose the next election, Clegg must leave with them
By Tom Watson - 10 January 16:12

To allow the Liberal Democrats to swap sides without incurring any penalty would offend the essential order of our democracy.

Miliband, Clegg, Cameron in a row
General election leader debates: It's two-against-one for 3-3-3
By Rafael Behr - 10 January 14:42

Miliband and Clegg are ready to sign up to three debates over three weeks. They say Cameron is running scared.

Why the Lib Dems won't be choosing their coalition partner anytime soon
By Richard Morris - 10 January 12:11

If the election results in another hung parliament, the party will side with whichever partner gives it the most liberal government.

It's all the other police deaths that should really trouble our politicians
By Stephen Bush - 10 January 10:52

Almost a thousand people have died in police custody since 1990 in Britain, and only one police officer has faced any sort of professional sanction.

The case for a Labour EU referendum pledge is weaker than ever
By George Eaton - 10 January 9:00

Promising an in/out vote would shift the debate back onto Tory territory and could wreck a future Miliband premiership.

Anxiety over voter fraud must not stifle electoral registration
By Stephen Twigg - 09 January 17:41

By rushing the implementation of the new scheme, the government risks leaving millions off the register.

The Lib Dems must make tackling long-term youth unemployment their mission
By Mathew Hulbert - 09 January 16:32

It is a moral duty as well as an economic necessity to do all we can to ensure that all young people are the best educated and well resourced in the world.

Ed Balls on why he's committed to "responsible capitalism"
By George Eaton - 09 January 14:53

The shadow chancellor rejects claims that he lacks enthusiasm for Miliband's agenda and declares his support for "a different kind of economy".

Why the No campaign should encourage Cameron to debate Salmond
By David Talbot - 09 January 11:07

The Prime Minister's persistent refusal to debate Salmond will become a running sore and an increasingly dominant aspect of the campaign.

Why Clegg's head is no longer the price of a Labour-Lib Dem coalition
By George Eaton - 09 January 9:02

With Labour uncertain of winning a majority and the Deputy PM certain to be around in May 2015, Miliband and Balls can no longer afford to treat him as a barrier to an agreement.

Miliband’s enemies don’t know what to make of him – the trouble is, neither do his friends
By Rafael Behr - 08 January 23:30

Part of the problem is that even Labour MPs find their boss remote.

Why the Tories have more in common with the Romanians than they think
By Nicholas Hillman - 08 January 16:52

It's a sweet irony that Margaret Thatcher is the heroine both of some of those who wish to come here and many of those who oppose their doing so.

Exclusive: Ed Balls interview: I could go into coalition with Clegg
By George Eaton - 08 January 14:30

The shadow chancellor says for the first time that he could work with the Lib Dem leader, supports airport expansion and says history will "paint a different picture" of Gordon Brown.

PMQs review: Cameron hints at protecting all pensioner benefits
By George Eaton - 08 January 13:27

The PM's warning that means-testing pensioner benefits would raise only "a very small amount of money" was the most notable moment in a sombre session.

Increasing the minimum wage is only a half answer to poverty
By Helen Barnard - 08 January 11:17

Parties also need to reduce childcare and housing costs, improve the quality of part-time jobs and create better progression routes for low paid workers.

How will Labour respond to the Tories' minimum wage plans?
By George Eaton - 08 January 9:08

Many in the party would like Miliband to pledge to raise the minimum wage to the level of the living wage, but a large rise in the former is more likely.

Janet Yellen's appointment is a triumph for feminism and for progressives
By Alison McGovern - 07 January 16:15

Unlike her monetarist predecessors, the first female chair of the Federal Reserve puts tackling unemployment on an equal footing with fighting inflation.

If Labour is to succeed, it must end its addiction to the state
By Patrick Diamond and Michael Kenny - 07 January 8:33

Having distanced himself from neo-liberalism, Ed Miliband needs to redefine British social democracy as more participative, more socially liberal, and more community-focused.

The Tories need a better message than "don't let Labour back in"
By Rafael Behr - 06 January 15:37

If the spectre of Gordon Brown alone were sufficient to propel the electorate into Cameron’s arms, he would now be governing with a majority.

Hitchens told the NS in 2010.
Christopher Hitchens: how Simon Hoggart improved my writing
By George Eaton - 06 January 14:18

Hitchens told the NS in 2010 that he credited the Guardian's parliamentary sketchwriter with making his prose more stylish.

Why the young favour pensioner benefits over those for the unemployed
By Duncan O'Leary - 06 January 12:50

Focus groups reveal that young voters view older groups as more deserving. The sense of welfare as an insurance policy is being lost.

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