Labour exposes Osborne's tax cut for bankers
By George Eaton - 05 April 12:16

New figures from the party show that 643 bankers earning more than £1m a year will receive an average of £54,000 from the cut in the 50p tax rate.

Tony Blair: "I would have given Cameron a run for his money”
By George Eaton - 05 April 11:05

Former prime minister says that the 2010 election "would have been tighter" if he had remained Labour leader.

Osborne's Spending Review is a test for Labour too - how will it respond?
By George Eaton - 05 April 9:20

Balls and Miliband will come under ever greater pressure to say whether Labour will match the coalition's post-election spending plans.

Osborne's car caught in disabled parking bay
By George Eaton - 04 April 22:33

The Treasury says that Osborne was unaware his car had been parked in a disabled bay after he got lunch at an M4 service station.

Osborne's intervention over the Philpott case is a new low
By George Eaton - 04 April 15:06

The Chancellor's decision to exploit the public grief over the deaths of the Philpott children in order to make the case for cutting welfare is political opportunism at its worst.

440,000 families will lose £16.90 a week.
The untold story of April’s welfare cuts: the combined impacts
By Adam Tinson - 04 April 12:25

440,000 families will lose £16.90 a week as they are hit by both the bedroom tax and cuts to council tax support.

Tory MPs respond to Philpott case by calling for new curbs on child benefit
By George Eaton - 04 April 10:46

Those calling for child benefit to be limited to the first two offspring need to explain why children should be punished for being born into large families.

Cameron declares the Trident review redundant
By George Eaton - 04 April 9:14

The PM's decision to reject calls for a "viable cheaper option" represents an opportunity for Labour to woo the Lib Dems.

Statecraft without statism: governing for shared prosperity in an age of austerity
By James Plunkett - 03 April 16:36

The task is to seek material gains through a new, less transactional politics.

Welfare cuts: how they could have been even worse
By George Eaton - 03 April 15:09

David Cameron has already outlined the draconian cuts a Conservative majority government would make.

Protestors hold signs as they demonstrate against the proposed 'bedroom tax'.
The Iain Duncan Smith petition shows how social media can lead political debate
By Brie Rogers Lowery - 03 April 12:01

By seizing upon a moment of perceived hypocrisy, the petition made the welfare debate accessible to the public, says the UK director of

The next stage of welfare reform: work more hours or lose your benefits
By George Eaton - 03 April 8:40

Ministers consider plans to force workers to increase their hours or change jobs in return for receiving Universal Credit payments.

Members of the public in north London walk past a poster.
How Osborne disguised the truth about the rising housing benefit bill
By George Eaton - 02 April 16:44

Excessive rents and substandard wages are to blame for soaring housing benefit payments, not workshy 'scroungers'.

Could you live on £53 a week? How Cameron and Osborne responded
By George Eaton - 02 April 14:18

Iain Duncan Smith's cabinet colleagues have chosen not to match his boast that he could live on £53 a week.

The welfare cuts that the 50p tax rate could have prevented
By George Eaton - 02 April 12:37

George Osborne abolished the top rate of tax after it "only" raised £1bn - but which welfare cuts could have been avoided for that amount?

How Scottish trade unions are shifting in favour of independence
By James Maxwell - 02 April 11:06

The SNP could use Labour’s promise to maintain coalition austerity policies to increase union support.

A rare speech from the submarine Chancellor.
Osborne surfaces as Duncan Smith petition passes 100,000 signatures
By George Eaton - 02 April 8:50

A rare speech from the submarine Chancellor as more than 118,000 people challenge his cabinet colleague to live on £53 a week.

Like it or not, the Tories and Labour are going to have get used to sharing power
By Mark Thompson - 29 March 18:22

With hung parliaments likely to become the norm, the kind of strop that Tory MPs are now throwing will be utterly counterproductive.

Why April will be the cruellest month in the age of austerity
By George Eaton - 29 March 13:24

The "bedroom tax", the new Poll Tax and the 1% cap on benefit increases will squeeze the poor as never before.

Universal Credit: Duncan Smith's master plan is grinding to a halt
By George Eaton - 29 March 9:57

The new welfare system will now be piloted in just one area, rather than four, next month.

Clement Attlee waves to well-wishers outside Transport House in London.
The Spirit of '45 reminds us of the importance of political myths
By Kevin Meagher - 22 March 16:03

Tales of what might have been and what may be to come are a powerful and resonant part of the left's appeal.

Duncan Smith in the firing line over benefit sanction targets
By George Eaton - 22 March 15:20

After new evidence that job centres are being set targets, the Work and Pensions Secretary stands accused of misleading Parliament.

Why Clegg is abandoning the Lib Dems' "amnesty" for illegal immigrants
By George Eaton - 22 March 13:12

The policy is cited by party activists as one of the main reasons voters turned against the party in 2010 after "Cleggmania".

The populist signal is getting louder - and mainstream politics is under threat
By Anthony Painter - 22 March 11:57

Mainstream politicians have responded to populists like George Galloway, Nigel Farage, Beppe Grillo, and Sarah Palin by burying their heads in the sand.

Clegg's plan for immigration "bail bonds" is illiberal and unworkable
By George Eaton - 22 March 9:17

Forcing migrants to pay a "bond" of at least £1,000 will only further deter the migrants Britain needs.

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.
How Osborne manipulated spending to claim the deficit is falling
By George Eaton - 21 March 16:35

The IFS warns that the £10.9bn underspend is not an "economically optimal allocation of spending".

Salmond names Scottish independence referendum date
By George Eaton - 21 March 14:27

18 September 2014 is the date.

Osborne's welfare super-cap is a frightening prospect for families
By Lindsay Judge - 21 March 12:14

The new limit on "Annually Managed Expenditure" could mean even less support for the unemployed and the working poor.

Could Osborne's mortgage scheme be used to buy second homes? He doesn't know
By George Eaton - 21 March 9:48

Chancellor unable to say whether the rich will be able to get government support to buy second or third properties.

Osborne's new spending cap points to more welfare cuts
By George Eaton - 20 March 17:05

The Chancellor's plan to limit "Annually Managed Expenditure" shows how a Tory government would seek to further curb benefit spending.