In defence of Blairite public sector targets
By Sonia Sodha - 30 May 14:14

If Labour is to build truly excellent public services, it must re-embrace managerialism and performance data.

Is Osborne about to abolish the culture department?
By George Eaton - 30 May 11:51

Speculation grows that the Department for Culture, Media and Sport could be abolished in the Spending Review, with its functions hived off to other departments.

Grant Shapps rebuked by UK Statistics Authority for misrepresenting benefit figures
By George Eaton - 30 May 9:14

Yet another Conservative politician is caught making it up.

With a bit of chutzpah, Miliband could rip the Tories in half over the EU. Does he dare?
By Rafael Behr - 30 May 7:00

The idea of tabling an amendment to the Tory bill demanding a referendum before the next election is gaining currency in Labour ranks.

There is a Conservative case for overseas aid. We should make it
By George Freeman - 29 May 14:47

Our aid commitment, properly targeted, is first and foremost about our own security and economic interests.

Hammond, Cable and May: the ministers who could resign over cuts
By George Eaton - 29 May 13:41

If Osborne refuses to give way in the Spending Review, cabinet ministers may choose to walk out.

Why small businesses must be at the centre of Labour's economic strategy
By Dan Holden - 29 May 11:24

By promoting balanced growth and increasing employment, small businesses exemplify the investment economy Labour wishes to build.

Coulson's return to the fray is bad news for Cameron
By George Eaton - 29 May 8:59

It is not helpful for a man about to stand trial to remind everyone just how well he knows "David".

Seven questions the Conservative Party needs to answer
By Adam Afriyie MP - 28 May 16:02

We need to focus on the challenges and implement solutions regardless of how uncomfortable it is for our establishment elite.

The parties can't ignore the looming student finance crisis
By Rick Muir - 28 May 14:50

With further cuts to higher education and 40 per cent of student loans unlikely to be repaid, the parties need to agree on a sustainable funding system.

One size does not fit all: why Universal Credit needs to work for older people
By Giselle Cory - 28 May 12:01

With its age-blind design, Universal Credit is a missed opportunity to tackle the UK’s demographic challenge.

How would the Tories get rid of Cameron?
By George Eaton - 28 May 11:05

What the Conservative rule book says about a vote of no confidence and a leadership election.

Osborne rules out further welfare cuts and tax rises as he targets Whitehall
By George Eaton - 28 May 8:39

The Chancellor reveals that he has already secured agreement from seven departments to cuts of up to 10 per cent and makes it clear that he's after more.

The coalition's childcare figures don't add up
By Spencer Thompson - 27 May 8:00

Without greater long-term investment, the relaxation of ratios is extremely unlikely to lead to the savings promised by ministers.

Why did the Lib Dems really U-turn on spending cuts in 2010?
By George Eaton - 24 May 15:08

Andrew Adonis's 5 Days in May offers new evidence of the party's disastrous economic misjudgement.

UKIP’s unpopularity with Scottish voters.
Why Farageism stops at the border
By James Maxwell - 24 May 12:23

UKIP’s unpopularity with Scottish voters is more evidence that Scotland and England are on separate political trajectories.

The Woolwich attack has given the EDL a new lease of life
By Jamie Bartlett - 24 May 10:31

After appearing destined for irrelevance, the group has been re-fuelled on anger.

Tory ministers bid to revive the snooper's charter after Woolwich attack
By George Eaton - 24 May 9:04

Theresa May is "determined" to act to give the police new powers to monitor internet use.

The Lib Dems should be wary of becoming the dull middle men of British politics
By Richard Morris - 23 May 16:12

While Clegg's party looks increasingly conformist, the Tories are moving into a coherent right-wing position for 2015.

Don't fall for the Tories' spin over the 45p rate
By George Eaton - 23 May 15:18

Why the increase in tax revenues doesn't prove that the coalition was right to scrap the 50p rate.

Why ministers shouldn't celebrate today's migration figures
By Sarah Mulley - 23 May 12:56

With a dramatic fall in the number of international students, the government’s policy 'success' has come at a considerable economic cost.

Ken Livingstone: we were warned that Iraq "would make Britain a target"
By George Eaton - 23 May 12:12

In response to the Woolwich attack, the former Mayor of London says "we are still experiencing the dreadful truth of this warning".

After Woolwich: how the media got it wrong and how the public can get it right
By Sunder Katwala - 23 May 11:14

Too many titles handed the killers the megaphone they craved. Those who quietly reject the offer of hatred and division deserve to be heard too.

Woolwich terror attack: Muslims shouldn't have to distance themselves
By George Eaton - 23 May 9:11

They bear no more responsibility for jihadism than Christians do for the Ku Klux Klan.

Woolwich terror attack: Cameron and Miliband respond
By George Eaton - 22 May 20:33

"The terrorists never win because they cannot defeat the values we hold dear," says Cameron after the beheading of a British soldier in Woolwich.

The real lessons for Labour and the Lib Dems from the 2010 talks
By Mark Thompson - 22 May 16:58

It wasn't ideology that led the Lib Dems to reject coalition with Labour, but the reds' near-complete lack of preparation.

Duncan Smith to face grilling from MPs over misuse of statistics
By George Eaton - 22 May 15:28

The work and pensions select committee launches an inquiry after Duncan Smith was rebuked by the UK Statistics Authority for misrepresenting figures on the benefit cap.

Talk of coalition divorce is an expression of Tory hope, not fear
By Rafael Behr - 22 May 14:34

While the Lib Dems have much to lose from an early end to the coalition, the Tories can easily see the appeal of trying to govern alone.

Miliband reburies socialism at Google
By George Eaton - 22 May 13:29

Praising Tony Blair and criticising Ralph Miliband, the Labour leader said the choice was not between socialism and capitalism but "responsible" and "irresponsible" capitalism.

Osborne's deficit continues to grow
By George Eaton - 22 May 10:51

Despite no shortage of austerity, borrowing was £1.3bn higher in April than in the same month last year.

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