Earmarking taxes for the NHS won’t guarantee more money for healthcare
By India Keable-Elliott - 24 December 8:47

By clearly linking a tax to overall spending on the NHS, it can help reconnect voters with the purpose of taxation, but makes healthcare spending vulnerable to macroeconomic shocks and cycles.

WATCH: Christmas messages from David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband
By Anoosh Chakelian - 24 December 8:34

The three main party leaders have released their Christmas messages.

The truth behind our political parties’ immigration policy arms race
By Anoosh Chakelian - 23 December 16:32

This year, all the main parties have been competing over who can curb benefits for migrants the most. Why is this their approach?

We need an approach you can trust on TTIP
By Jude Kirton-Darling and Ian Murray - 23 December 15:50

The Prime Minister shows contempt for people's concerns about this trade deal.

The Chancellor can no longer declare that the UK is the fastest growing major economy.
Fastest US growth for 11 years spoils Osborne's boast
By George Eaton - 23 December 14:18

The Chancellor can no longer declare that the UK is the fastest growing major economy.

Shadow chancellor could act shortly after he takes power.
Balls likely to hold early Budget if Labour win in 2015
By George Eaton - 23 December 12:29

Shadow chancellor set to act before March 2016. 

Former Tory universities minister slams Theresa May's plan to curb overseas student numbers
By Anoosh Chakelian - 23 December 8:40

The former universities and science minister, David Willetts, blasts the Home Secretary's proposal for a student visa overhaul.

Enforcing “British values” is a convenient pretext for casual xenophobia and bigotry
By Rabah Kherbane - 22 December 16:22

The truth is, there is no substantial definition of "British values" and "integration", which are landmark terms for restrictive measures and border control. 

Looking to 2015: what will happen to households when interest rates rise?
By Hugh Stickland - 22 December 13:47

Budgets are stretched tight but we must be ready for the inevitable change.

The bottom 10 per cent of households pay 47 per cent of their income in tax. But they would gain nothing from the parties' plans.
The poorest still pay the most tax - why aren't the parties promising to help them?
By George Eaton - 22 December 12:46

The bottom 10 per cent of households pay 47 per cent of their income in tax. But they would gain nothing from the parties' plans. 

Politicians ought to have a pint with their opponents more often
By Simon Danczuk - 22 December 11:25

Politics without blind tribal dogma? I’ll drink to that.

The benefit cap is making central London a no-go zone for low income families
By Fiona Twycross - 22 December 11:20

Families who have lived their whole lives in central London are being forced out by a perfect storm of falling wages, rocketing house prices and government cuts.

Child abuse survivors call on Theresa May to scrap and replace the current inquiry
By Anoosh Chakelian - 22 December 9:08

The victims of alleged historic cases of child abuse are urging the Home Secretary to set up a whole new, more powerful, inquiry.

Forming alliances: a run-down of the parties’ red lines
By Anoosh Chakelian - 19 December 16:28

Hung parliament preparations.

Having addressed the deficit and immigration, the party plans to focus on its greatest strength.
Labour to turn focus to health with 10-year NHS plan in January
By George Eaton - 19 December 16:12

Having addressed the deficit and immigration, the party plans to focus on its greatest strength. 

"People just dismiss me": the leading policeman challenging the War on Drugs
By Tim Wigmore - 19 December 14:28

The Chief Constable of Durham, Mike Barton, breaks the taboo on drugs.

"The last backstop for the most vulnerable": what now for local welfare schemes?
By Megan Jarvie and Lindsay Judge - 19 December 12:29

Yesterday’s Provisional Local Government Settlement contained the worrying news that dedicated funding for council-run emergency support schemes will cease.

The fight against poverty overseas is undermined by money laundering in the UK
By Steve Barclay - 19 December 11:53

Why the government's anti-corruption plan is a missed opportunity.

The party reaches the nadir prophesied by Chris Huhne in 2010.
Lib Dems hit new poll low of 5 per cent
By George Eaton - 19 December 11:44

The party reaches the nadir prophesied by Chris Huhne in 2010. 

Nigel Farage defends Ukip candidate's racist remark
By Anoosh Chakelian - 19 December 10:56

"If you go for a Chinese, what do you call it?"

Cutting council funds: the government's ill-conceived rebalancing act
By Joe Anderson - 19 December 9:42

The government's local authority cuts will inhibit growth in the regions, rather than building a "northern powerhouse".

The 2015 election campaign officially begins: what does this mean?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 19 December 8:41

The "long campaign" begins today.

When the state has to step in where the Big Society has failed
By Lisa Nandy - 18 December 16:55

The closure of the Northern Rock Foundation and creation of the Virgin Money Foundation is an example of where the state has had to step in where the Big Society has failed.

By rejecting Trident, Labour could balance the books and secure a workable government
By Kate Hudson - 18 December 16:43

The final vote on Trident replacement is due in 2016: for a government committed to paying down the deficit, a decision not to spend over £100bn on nuclear weapons has got to be a runner.

A new poll shows a third of current Green supporters plan to vote for Miliband's party at the general election.
Labour on course to squeeze the Greens in 2015
By George Eaton - 18 December 16:02

A new poll shows a third of current Green supporters plan to vote for Miliband's party at the general election. 

Forget disillusionment, voters have never been more empowered
By Tim Wigmore - 18 December 15:06

The electorate is increasingly promiscuous; MPs have to do more to hold onto their jobs.

Ashcroft's polls: Labour will not win a majority – and could lose four seats to Ukip
By Harry Lambert - 18 December 13:17

Ashcroft’s latest polls are discouraging for Labour.

By insisting that a surplus of £23bn is necessary to reduce the national debt, the Chancellor has exposed himself to the charge that he is an ideologue.
Osborne stands by plan to continue cuts even after the deficit is gone
By George Eaton - 17 December 18:04

By insisting that a surplus of £23bn is necessary to reduce the national debt, the Chancellor has exposed himself to the charge that he is an ideologue. 

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