Why Danny Alexander's promise to keep the 45p tax rate can't be trusted
By George Eaton - 05 February 8:54

The Lib Dems says the top tax rate will be cut "over my dead body". But he said the same about the 50p rate in 2011.

Protecting farms or front rooms? The impossible dilemma that climate change forces upon us
By Guy Shrubsole - 04 February 12:34

We need a concerted national debate about how we best protect ourselves from increasingly extreme weather.

Gove's "hero" Andrew Adonis attacks decision not to reappoint Ofsted head
By George Eaton - 03 February 15:28

The founder of the academies programme says Labour peer Sally Morgan "should be reappointed as chair of Ofsted, to preserve its independence and integrity."

Boris wouldn't have been elected mayor under his 50% strike turnout rule
By George Eaton - 03 February 12:45

The mayor wants strikes to be banned unless 50 per cent of staff vote, but turnout in the 2012 mayoral election was just 38 per cent.

Michael Gove must stop fighting "The Blob" and listen to the education experts
By David Bell - 03 February 9:39

The Education Secretary has fallen for his own hype.

Gove is becoming a liability for the Tories
By George Eaton - 03 February 8:59

The Education Secretary's running battles with teachers and "the blob" do not endear him to voters.

The parties must stop dithering and address the English question
By Michael Kenny - 31 January 16:15

The challenge for mainstream parties is to express and ground alternative ideas of the English nation and to connect these to a renewed case for the Union.

Labour has got to bite the bullet on borrowing for investment
By John Healey - 31 January 14:05

The great council housing boom of the post-war years was only achieved by public investment. The same action is needed now.

The IFS douses Tory optimism on living standards
By George Eaton - 31 January 10:32

The Institute for Fiscal Studies warns that there is unlikely to be a "strong recovery" in living standards and that wages are still likely to be lower in 2015 than they were in 2010.

Danny Alexander undermines Cable with coalition spending plans up to 2021
By George Eaton - 31 January 8:50

After Cable criticised "the pace and scale of cuts" set out by George Osborne after 2015, Alexander releases new figures extending the Chancellor's plan until 2020-21.

Balls's debt pledge allows for a radical shift towards investment
By Peter Kenway - 30 January 16:41

Provided growth is strong and sustained, Labour will be able to dramatically increase investment while still reducing debt as a proportion of GDP.

PR for local elections could ease Labour's southern discomfort
By Katie Ghose - 30 January 14:43

Were England and Wales to adopt proportional representation, 27 of the party's 69 electoral deserts would return Labour councillors.

Ending the Palestine-Israel impasse: two state or common state?
By Peter Hain - 30 January 11:54

"Could a common state solution more easily resolve the deadlock than the two-state solution I and many others have long-favoured?"

Peter Hain: one-state solution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict must be considered
By George Eaton - 30 January 11:54

The Labour MP and former cabinet minister says a one-state solution could "more easily resolve the deadlock than the two-state solution I and many others have long favoured".

Why Labour can't and won't go on a "spending spree"
By George Eaton - 30 January 8:51

Balls has left himself with room to borrow to invest but the party's fiscal rules mean total spending will be falling for almost every year of the next parliament.

Carney’s intervention is fatal to the credibility of Salmond’s currency plan
By William Bain - 29 January 16:11

The Governor of the Bank of England made clear that a successful currency union requires fiscal union, the very thing the Scottish First Minister is in politics to end with the rest of the UK.

The two big lessons for the UK from Germany and the Nordics
By Olaf Cramme and Nick Pearce - 29 January 14:50

Social investment welfare spending is central to future prosperity and the state has to become a more active and assertive economic actor.

PMQs review: Miliband goes back on the attack - and wins
By George Eaton - 29 January 13:08

The Labour leader broke with his new sober style and hammered Cameron over his refusal to rule out cutting the top tax rate again.

Labour attacks the Lib Dems for rejecting female deputy leader candidate
By George Eaton - 29 January 10:53

Gloria De Piero says "This result comes as little surprise when you remember Nick Clegg leads a Parliamentary Party which has as many men with knighthoods as it has women MPs."

How Teddy Roosevelt can help our politicians to navigate the public-private divide
By Anthony Painter - 29 January 10:26

Both private and public sector organisations need to relearn Roosevelt's great insight: privileges provoke responsibilities.

The Tories' immigration target means the door is still closed to too many Syrian refugees
By George Eaton - 29 January 9:04

The UK will accept just 500 refugees from the country, compared to the 10,000 taken by Germany.

Growth figures mean nothing if you live in part of the country that's not growing
By Kevin Meagher - 28 January 18:42

Rather than hyperbole over a national growth figure, we need regionalised figures to show how prosperity is unevenly spread.

Osborne refuses to rule out cutting top tax rate to 40%
By George Eaton - 28 January 13:31

Despite being repeatedly pressed by Ed Balls at Treasury questions, the Chancellor refuses to comment on whether the Tories want to reduce the top rate from 45 per cent to 40 per cent.

GDP figures: Osborne has been the beneficiary of low expectations
By George Eaton - 28 January 10:45

The economy is still 1.3 per cent smaller than before the recession and the recovery remains the slowest since 1870s.

Why Osborne should welcome Cable's pessimism
By George Eaton - 28 January 9:06

The dangers of an unbalanced recovery are real and excessive boastfulness could encourage voters to believe it is safe to return Labour to power.

Labour and the Tories are both avoiding the tax debate we need
By Rafael Behr - 28 January 7:49

The repetitive and needlessly venomous exchanges over the 50p rate distract from the long-term question of how we should pay for the services that we value in an era of austerity.

Why are ministers still ducking a debate on human rights abroad?
By Kerry McCarthy - 27 January 17:29

There are too many concerns to cover and too many issues on which ministers have been evasive for the government to refuse a full day’s debate.

Which countries have the highest top tax rates?
By George Eaton - 27 January 16:40

A top rate of 50% would be above the OECD average but Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, Spain and the Netherlands all have higher rates.

Want to defeat UKIP? Then get more working class people into politics
By James Bloodworth - 27 January 14:46

If the left could get a few more "normal" people into politics, perhaps it wouldn’t be left to the reactionary right to shake up the political establishment.

To fix our broken energy market, we need Help to Supply
By Caroline Julian - 27 January 10:31

The government should do more to help communities, local authorities and businesses not only produce but supply their own power.

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