The return of Darling as shadow chancellor would be a gift to the Tories
By George Eaton - 06 December 12:06

The appointment of the man who was Chancellor at the time of the crash would make it even easier for the Tories to warn "don't give the keys back".

Osborne's plan to permanently shrink the state is not necessary
By Andrew Harrop - 06 December 10:03

The Chancellor's ideological cuts are but one route to sound public finances. Alternatives, centred around investment, are available.

Autumn Statement poll: the public back Balls over Osborne
By George Eaton - 06 December 8:41

The first poll on the Autumn Statement shows that voters agree with Balls that Osborne is "in denial about the cost of living crisis".

David Cameron and Ed Miliband's tributes to Nelson Mandela
By New Statesman - 05 December 23:01

Cameron says "a great light has gone out in the world", while Miliband says he "taught people across the globe the true meaning of courage, strength, hope and reconciliation."

The Treasury has a point on living standards — but it ignores the role of inequality
By James Plunkett - 05 December 17:07

Inequality is a more important explanation than rising employer costs for why the wages of the typical worker have fallen behind GDP.

Strong US growth robs Osborne of his favourite boast
By George Eaton - 05 December 15:55

Minutes after the Chancellor declared that the UK was growing "faster even than America", US growth was revised up.

Osborne thinks budget discipline is Labour's biggest weakness. He's not wrong
By Rafael Behr - 05 December 14:53

Both Miliband and Balls know they need to do more if people are going to be persuaded to put them in charge of public money.

Ed Balls's response to the Autumn Statement: full text
By New Statesman - 05 December 14:18

"We know they’re not very good at shooting badgers...they're not very good at shooting other people’s foxes either."

What Osborne didn't mention: wage growth has been revised down
By George Eaton - 05 December 13:12

The Chancellor boasted of higher GDP and employment, but the living standards squeeze is set to continue.

George Osborne's Autumn Statement: live blog
By George Eaton - 05 December 11:15

Minute-by-minute coverage of the Chancellor's announcements and the OBR's new forecasts.

On the day of George Osborne's Autumn Statement.
Duncan Smith tries to bury more bad news on Universal Credit
By George Eaton - 05 December 10:51

On the day of George Osborne's Autumn Statement, the Work and Pensions Secretary finally admits that he will miss his Universal Credit deadline of 2017.

Osborne must be bold to show the Tories are not "the party of the rich"
By Ryan Shorthouse - 05 December 9:53

The Chancellor should use his Autumn Statement to reward families on modest incomes who have quietly endured squeezed living standards during austerity.

George Osborne's Autumn Statement: 10 things to look out for
By George Eaton - 05 December 9:19

Including, when will living standards start to rise, will there be new money for the NHS and how much more austerity is Osborne planning?

Norman Baker interview: David Kelly's death is "unfinished business"
By George Eaton - 04 December 15:23

Home Office minister says the Attorney General would have to "reopen the inquest, which was absurdly curtailed".

PMQs review: Clegg sings from the Conservative hymn sheet
By George Eaton - 04 December 13:31

Such was the force with which the Deputy PM delivered the Conservatives' attack lines that Peter Bone said he was "turning into a Tory".

Why Cameron's marriage tax break plan is dangerous for the Tories
By George Eaton - 04 December 10:47

Andy Coulson warned the PM that the perception that the Tories frown upon single parents was "electoral halitosis".

The Tories are struggling in the marginals
By George Eaton - 04 December 8:54

New polling by Survation in Labour marginals Great Grimsby and Dudley North shows the party neck-and-neck with UKIP.

Chuka Umunna's speech on aspiration and social mobility: full text
By Chuka Umunna - 03 December 19:42

"We’re here because we understand – deeply – that the future of every person is diminished when the future of one person is threatened."

The lesson of the PISA results: high performance in education means helping your poorest children
By Hollie Warren - 03 December 18:49

As the top-performing countries in Asia and Europe demonstrate, excellence and equality are not in opposition – they go hand in hand.

Labour will always defend the rights of the disabled
By Rachel Reeves and Kate Green - 03 December 15:37

Our failure to build an economy in which disabled people can play their full part leaves us all the poorer.

Coalition meets just 0.2% of Universal Credit target
By George Eaton - 03 December 14:37

New figures show just 2,150 are claiming the payment, leaving the government 997,850 short of its original target of one million.

We need investment, not cuts, to deal with our fiscal headaches
By Nida Broughton - 03 December 13:01

Rather than using the forecast structural surplus to pay down the national debt, the government should invest it in science, skills and childcare.

Boris shifts his message and admits "there is too much inequality"
By George Eaton - 03 December 12:04

After previously denouncing efforts to reduce inequality as "futile", the mayor concedes that the gap between the rich and the poor is too large.

It's time to get tough on non-payment of the minimum wage
By Andy Hull - 03 December 9:28

At least 300,000 workers in the UK still do not receive the legal minimum. The current compliance system is in desperate need of reform.

Boris's tube and bus fares "freeze" isn't a freeze
By George Eaton - 03 December 8:39

All prices will still rise by at least 3.1% at a time when wages are rising by just 0.8%. But this remains a significant concession to Labour.

New data shows how the tax credit and benefit system has played a vital role.
Welfare has been a lifeline for the squeezed middle
By Graeme Cooke - 02 December 20:37

New data shows how the tax credit and benefit system has played a vital role in preventing the living standards of middle income households from falling even further.

The divide between Scotland's people and its political class has never been greater
By James Mills - 02 December 15:35

While the SNP obsesses over independence, voters are more concerned with an unemployed population the size of Dundee.

There'll be no pre-election rise in living standards for public sector workers
By George Eaton - 02 December 11:29

The 1% cap on public sector pay increases guarantees further real-terms cuts for workers.

How the EU is making NHS privatisation permanent
By Benedict Cooper - 02 December 10:05

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership gives the coalition's health reforms international legal backing.

Coalition accused of redefining fuel poverty to cut numbers
By George Eaton - 02 December 8:45

The planned change to the definition in the Energy Bill would cut the number of households classed as fuel poor from 3.2 million to 2.4 million.

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