Cameron's embrace of Thatcher's mantle has been a disaster for the Tories
By George Eaton - 09 April 9:41

In opposition, Cameron recognised the profound limits of Thatcher's approach. But in office he has retreated into dogmatism.

How public spending rose under Thatcher
By George Eaton - 08 April 18:31

Thatcher squeezed public services but high unemployment meant spending rose by an average of 1.1% a year.

Miliband reminds us how Thatcher inspired him
By George Eaton - 08 April 16:26

"She moved the centre ground of British politics," the Labour leader said. He is trying to achieve the same feat today.

Margaret Thatcher's death: the political world responds
By George Eaton - 08 April 13:22

How Barack Obama, Mikhail Gorbachev, Ed Miliband and others have responded to the former prime minister's death.

Cameron never fundamentally altered the nasty party
Cameron’s vajazzling of the Tories is over. It's back to being right-wing
By Kevin Meagher - 08 April 11:00

The Conservatives' claim to be anything other than a predictably right-wing party is the real casualty of last week.

How Labour plans to crack down on payday loan sharks
By George Eaton - 08 April 8:59

Miliband will announce that the party would give councils new powers to limit the spread of payday lenders and betting shops on the high street.

The Tory "bastards" are back - and it's Labour that wins
By David Talbot - 05 April 16:04

The Tories' fratricidal infighting may well ensure an outcome they despise even more than their leader: the election of a Labour government.

Cameron adds to the absurdity on the Philpott case and welfare
By George Eaton - 05 April 15:23

The PM says welfare must not be "a lifestyle choice". But Philpott's wife and girlfriend were in work.

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.