By Rafael Behr - 13 March 12:41
Europe is half of the problem. Council seats being contested were last filled in 2010, when support for Tories and Lib Dems was highest.
By Rafael Behr - 12 March 22:46
There are far more people who don’t vote Ukip than do, including many who despise pub-bore nationalism.
By Rafael Behr - 12 March 14:06
The very fact that the Labour leader feels secure enough to affront Eurosceptics suggests he believes No.10 is within reach.
By New Statesman - 07 March 10:27
An interview with the shadow Northern Ireland minister.
By Rafael Behr - 06 March 13:34
Conservative MPs' anguish flows from their knowledge that Cameron is both the best candidate and not good enough to deliver outright victory.
By Rafael Behr - 05 March 13:28
There isn’t much point expecting a more sophisticated account of Britain’s role in the world from the Prime Minister.
By Rafael Behr - 27 February 17:02
Germany is Britain's ally in reforming the EU, but that's no use to Tories who say “reform” and mean exit.
By Rafael Behr - 27 February 8:32
Miliband doesn't want to make a pledge that raises more questions than it answers.
By Rafael Behr - 27 February 1:04
The Prime Minister can see the strategic as well as the economic logic that keeps Britain in Europe.
By Rafael Behr - 19 February 22:29
There is no guarantee that fair distribution of opportunity will even be a factor in the election.
By Rafael Behr - 17 February 13:08
The Labour leader's combative words on climate change fit a pattern of well-calculated risk
By Rafael Behr - 13 February 8:54
Under pressure from party moderates, bullied by the Tory right, the Prime Minister seems caught in a trap of his own making.
By Rafael Behr - 12 February 21:15
When inspiration fails, brute organisational force can still carry Labour over the line.
By Rafael Behr - 12 February 13:27
Labour has learned lessons from the Lib Dem campaign in Eastleigh last year.
By Rafael Behr - 07 February 12:24
The Labour leader is, after much hesitation, ready to contemplate the problem of running public services in austere times.
By Rafael Behr - 29 January 22:57
The Labour leader's plans for government can factor in the prospect of having Balls as his chancellor, but in a shrunken empire.
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.
By Rafael Behr - 24 January 17:17
Labour can be right about the economics of the cost of living crisis and still lose the argument in 2015.
By Rafael Behr - 22 January 22:51
Everyone in Westminster knows that the nation’s creaking infrastructure needs an upgrade but Cameron’s “global race” and Miliband’s “new economy” must be depicted as ideological antitheses.
By Rafael Behr - 21 January 7:45
The Rennard shambles risks undermining the graduation into a serious party of government.
By Rafael Behr - 17 January 12:40
The Labour leader is confident that by 2015 voters will not be judging parties according to who they think will be better at inflicting austerity.
By Rafael Behr - 15 January 23:19
Any communications strategy devised in Downing Street also has to compete with noisy agendas elsewhere in the party.
By Rafael Behr - 13 January 22:45
Andrea Leadsom, No 10 advisor and co-founder of the Fresh Start group of MPs, raises prospect of "more fruitful" negotiations after Britain votes to leave the EU.
By Rafael Behr - 10 January 14:42
Miliband and Clegg are ready to sign up to three debates over three weeks. They say Cameron is running scared.
By Rafael Behr - 08 January 23:30
Part of the problem is that even Labour MPs find their boss remote.
By Rafael Behr - 06 January 15:37
If the spectre of Gordon Brown alone were sufficient to propel the electorate into Cameron’s arms, he would now be governing with a majority.
By Rafael Behr - 18 December 17:34
The Labour leader appears determined to avoid the challenge of fixing state services without spending more money on them.
By Rafael Behr - 17 December 12:08
The PM's Ukip-style positioning on immigration is viewed as weakness or blackmail by the rest of the EU.
By Rafael Behr - 11 December 22:55
Miliband is running out of time to inspire people with more than just a feeling that he has noticed how expensive life has become.
By Rafael Behr - 05 December 14:53
Both Miliband and Balls know they need to do more if people are going to be persuaded to put them in charge of public money.