The Tories draw level with Labour but Miliband overtakes Cameron
By George Eaton - 17 October 14:30

Miliband's net satisfaction rating rises by 23 points in the latest Ipsos MORI poll but the Tories are now tied with Labour on 35%.

The damage of Osborne's cap on benefit increases is now clear
By Lindsay Judge - 17 October 11:56

The new inflation figures show that it is under-indexation that will drive up child poverty rates inexorably.

Miliband's Wonga tax is another trap for the Tories
By George Eaton - 17 October 8:49

Should Cameron's party oppose the levy, Labour will accuse it of again siding with predatory companies against struggling consumers.

It's time to take Englishness outside of the football stadium
By Sunder Katwala - 16 October 19:13

Englishness finds a confident voice in sport, but has little cultural or political voice. Cameron and Miliband should not remain mute.

How Cameron misled MPs on living standards
By George Eaton - 16 October 15:53

The PM's claim that individuals' disposable income rose last year is not supported by the data.

How Labour can credibly pledge to outspend the Tories
By Andrew Harrop - 16 October 14:24

While restricting current spending, the party should promise to invest the proceeds of growth into future-facing areas like skills, childcare and infrastructure.

PMQs review: Cameron still lacks answers on living standards
By George Eaton - 16 October 13:19

If the PM wants to dismiss Miliband's energy price freeze as "a con", he needs to come up with a superior policy.

Living standards crisis continues as pay falls by 2%
By George Eaton - 16 October 10:13

Average earnings rose by just 0.7% from June to August, while inflation was 2.7%.

Food bank figures reinforce Labour's cost of living offensive
By George Eaton - 16 October 8:29

The Trussell Trust warns that welfare cuts, such as the bedroom tax, are to blame for increased usage and that some recipients are too poor to afford the energy needed to heat their parcels.

A route-map to Labour’s revolution in apprenticeships
By Chris Husbands - 15 October 16:41

Britain faces a stark choice: a race to the bottom in skills and wages or a race for the top in the demanding 21st century economy.

The Tories' "spare room subsidy" muddle
By George Eaton - 15 October 14:21

In its determination not to refer to the "bedroom tax", the party mistakenly claims that Labour is "opposed" to the "spare room subsidy".

Rather than trying to outflank the Tories.
An open letter to Rachel Reeves: being "tough" on welfare won't work for Labour
By Sunny Hundal - 15 October 12:36

Rather than trying to outflank the Tories, the party needs to think harder about how to create a greater sense of collective identity and solidarity.

Why Help To Buy could be bad politics as well as bad economics
By George Eaton - 15 October 11:05

Osborne hopes "everyone will be happy as property values go up" but a new poll shows that 66% of the public don't want prices to rise.

Cruddas's plan to give fathers paid leave for antenatal classes deserves support
By George Eaton - 15 October 8:37

Rather than dismissing the idea as another burden on business, Conservatives should recognise it as an attempt to strengthen the family.

Balls makes new challenge to Osborne to back OBR audits of party manifestos
By George Eaton - 14 October 22:00

The shadow chancellor writes to Osborne as Treasury select committee chair Andrew Tyrie says that OBR auditing could "enhance the quality of public debate".

Clegg's pledge to block £16,000 tuition fees is a hostage to fortune
By George Eaton - 14 October 16:27

There are plenty of Tories who believe that the top universities should be allowed to charge higher fees.

Under Boris and the Tories, London is becoming a divided city
By Sadiq Khan - 14 October 14:34

Falling real wages and inflation-busting price rises mean that having a job is no longer a secure route to escaping poverty in the capital.

It's time to be honest about who gains from tax cuts
By Gavin Kelly - 14 October 12:43

Raising the personal allowance won’t give anything to the lowest-earning five million workers.

EU study shreds the myth of "benefit tourism"
By George Eaton - 14 October 12:08

In defiance of ministers' claims, the new report finds that EU migrants are "less likely to receive disability and unemployment benefits".

The myth of the academic "anti-fascist industry"
By Matthew Goodwin - 14 October 10:35

Contrary to Daniel Hannan, the study of why some people continue to support the far-right is not driven by a leftist conspiratorial agenda.

Osborne's Chinese visa move shows Tory contradictions on immigration
By George Eaton - 14 October 8:48

While trumpeting greater immigration as an economic good in the case of China, ministers are strangling it elsewhere.

Labour stances on welfare and free schools prove it wasn't "the Blairites" holding Miliband hostage
By George Eaton - 13 October 10:16

The left wrongly assumed that the replacement of Liam Byrne and Stephen Twigg would mean a change in policy.

New Statesman
The Immigration Bill is a triumph of symbolism over substance
By Alex Glennie - 12 October 9:56

The coalition's reductive focus on numbers and ever-tighter restrictions will not create the fair and effective migration system that it says it wants.

Is predistribution or redistribution the best way forward?
By Stewart Lansley - 11 October 13:35

Economies built around poverty wages and huge corporate surpluses are unsustainable. Relying on extra redistribution will not provide the correction needed.

While the Tories stand up for the energy companies, Labour stands up to them
By Owen Smith - 10 October 18:29

Our pledge to freeze energy prices isn't a "gimmick" to customers being squeezed by corporate profiteers.

Osborne reveals the true aim of Help to Buy: to inflate house prices
By George Eaton - 10 October 13:31

"Hopefully we will get a little housing boom and everyone will be happy as property values go up," the Chancellor reportedly told the cabinet.

Cameron must speak up over Sri Lanka's human rights abuses
By Kerry McCarthy - 10 October 11:56

Ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, the PM must show leadership and prevent the regime from presenting an airbrushed image to the world.

Theresa May refuses to "quantify" cost of "health tourism" as she panders to immigration fears
By George Eaton - 10 October 8:52

The Home Secretary glossed over the fact that "health tourism" costs just 0.01% of the NHS budget.

Labour "making decision" over whether to back HS2 next spring
By George Eaton - 09 October 17:40

New shadow transport secretary Mary Creagh says "we are in the process of making that decision" when asked if Labour will support the High Speed 2 bill.

Has Clegg sent Norman Baker to stop the return of the Snooper's Charter?
By Richard Morris - 09 October 16:55

It looks like the Deputy PM may have known that the security services were about to make another play to bring the Communications Data Bill back.