EU referendum question should be changed to avoid confusion, says Electoral Commission
By George Eaton - 29 October 11:58

The Commission warns that the proposed question could lead to misunderstanding as some voters do not know whether the UK is already a member.

An energy windfall tax would show that the Tories are on the side of the poorest
By Robert Halfon - 29 October 10:37

It is not sufficient for Conservatives just to focus on reducing green taxes. We need to stop the corporate juggernaut and tax companies' excessive profits.

Labour's poll lead is on the up again
By George Eaton - 29 October 8:46

As Miliband's energy price freeze continues to dominate debate, the party's lead has risen significantly, with a nine-point advantage today.

The Tories' big bet is that living standards will soon start to rise
By George Eaton - 28 October 16:43

Cameron's hope is that warnings of a "cost of living crisis" will fade as higher growth translates into higher wages. But Labour remains sceptical.

Clegg's praise for the Labour programme scrapped by Gove points to an alternative
By Annie Powell - 28 October 15:35

The Deputy PM's recognition of the success of London Challenge reveals - perhaps unintentionally - the tension between collaborative methods of school improvement and Gove’s market-based reforms.

How the coalition has scaled back Universal Credit yet again
By George Eaton - 28 October 13:36

The new welfare system has been launched in just one new area, Hammersmith, rather than six as planned.

Labour could reintroduce EMA, says Tristram Hunt
By George Eaton - 28 October 10:30

The shadow education secretary says the reinstatement of the Education Maintenance ­Allowance (EMA) could be funded by removing Winter Fuel Payments from the wealthiest pensioners.

New questions for the big six mean Miliband's price freeze will continue to dominate
By George Eaton - 28 October 8:41

A new study by Ofgem shows that while consumers are paying up to 11.1% more, wholesale prices have risen by just 1.7% in the last year.

When Cameron promised a "profound apology" if Coulson lied
By George Eaton - 25 October 16:33

Before the start of the trial of his former communications director on Monday, a reminder of the PM's words in 2011.

Cameron warns Labour: if you oppose HS2, we'll cancel it
By George Eaton - 25 October 14:21

After renewed speculation that Labour will come out against the project, the PM warns that it "can't go ahead without all-party support".

The Tories shouldn't celebrate until there is growth for all, not just for some
By George Eaton - 25 October 10:36

If this is a recovery, the voters will ask, why aren't we feeling it? Cameron and Osborne need to offer answers.

Why the Tories should welcome Clegg's left turn
By George Eaton - 25 October 8:59

If they are to remain the largest party after 2015, the Conservatives need the Lib Dems to win back left-leaning voters in Tory-Labour marginals.

The Dunfermline victory can’t disguise Scottish Labour’s difficulties
By James Maxwell - 25 October 7:43

Despite the party's by-election success, all the signs still point towards another SNP-controlled parliament in 2016.

Why there'll be no U-turn from Clegg on green taxes
By Richard Morris - 24 October 16:48

The Deputy PM vowed in his conference speech that the Lib Dems "will keep this government green" - and he meant it.

Why the return of growth doesn't prove that Balls was wrong
By George Eaton - 24 October 14:42

The shadow chancellor never said that there would be no recovery, only that it would be painfully slow. And he was right.

Support for free schools is collapsing
By George Eaton - 24 October 11:41

A new poll shows that just 27% of the public support the schools, down from 36% in mid-September.

Cameron's plan to "roll back" green charges could mean higher taxes, says Clegg
By George Eaton - 24 October 8:59

The Deputy PM suggests that the cost of green policies could be transferred from consumer bills to general taxation.

Why a bonfire of the green taxes won't save the Tories
By George Eaton - 23 October 16:02

Polling shows that 75% of the public don't believe that green taxes are to blame for the surge in bills, and they're right.

The lesson from history that is shaping Osborne's response to Miliband's price freeze
By Rafael Behr - 23 October 14:05

Labour won no credit when it tried to mimic Osborne's inheritance tax cut in 2007. The Chancellor is determined not to fall into the same trap with Miliband's gambit.

PMQs review: Miliband leaves Cameron looking "weak, weak, weak"
By George Eaton - 23 October 13:21

By the end of the Labour leader's assault over energy prices, the PM looked like a beaten boxer waiting desperately for the bell.

What worked in free-thinking opposition soon became unmanageable in government.
Brighton has lost patience with the chaotic Greens
By Warren Morgan - 23 October 10:27

What worked in free-thinking opposition soon became unmanageable in government. Voters are looking to Labour for solutions.

The benefit cap isn't working for the poor, but that was never the aim
By George Eaton - 23 October 8:36

The cap is less a serious act of policy than a political weapon designed to trap Labour on the wrong side of the argument and to demonise the unemployed.

Borrowing figures show how Osborne allowed thousands to avoid 50p tax rate
By George Eaton - 22 October 16:10

The spike in tax receipts was caused by individuals deferring income and bonuses to benefit from the new 45p rate, not a surge in earnings.

Major's call for an energy windfall tax offers the Tories an escape route
By George Eaton - 22 October 15:30

By rejecting Miliband's proposed price freeze and calling for an "emergency excess profits tax" on the energy companies, the former PM has pointed the way forward for the Tories.

History shows why the Tories should be wary of branding Labour as 'socialist'
By Kevin Meagher - 22 October 13:09

The party abandoned the practice in 1959 when some voters believed 'Labour' and 'Socialist' were different parties.

Why the falling deficit could be good news for Labour
By George Eaton - 22 October 11:03

The smaller the deficit becomes, the harder it will be for the Conservatives to make it the defining economic issue. Labour can continue to shift the debate to living standards.

How much does "health tourism" really cost the NHS? It's not £2bn
By George Eaton - 22 October 8:54

Contrary to the media scare stories, the actual cost of "health tourism" is estimated at £70m, just 0.06% of the NHS's annual budget.

Predistribution is no silver bullet for wage stagnation
By Lane Kenworthy - 21 October 16:01

The pressures militating against wage growth are strong and will grow even stronger in the future. But public insurance offers a way forward.

Poll woes for the Greens in Brighton
By George Eaton - 21 October 14:20

A new poll shows that the party, currently the largest on Brighton council, has been pushed into third place behind Labour and the Tories.

No. 10 refuses to deny that subsidy for nuclear power has broken Coalition Agreement
By George Eaton - 21 October 12:16

The PM's spokesman merely says that the agreement on a new nuclear power station is "a very important announcement".

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