Cameron’s speech failed to address the underlying challenge that the opposition leader posed: how and when should government intervene in private markets that are failing to deliver for voters?
The Labour leader is right to make defending consumers a mission of the left. But that means tackling failed state services too.
The Labour leader chose to tackle questions of his leadership credentials head-on.
A self-image as maverick crusaders for the cause of “political incorrectness” is both intrinsic to Ukip identity - and a constant liability.
At an NS fringe event, the party president said the Lib Dems should "consider very hard" whether to name a date for an in/out vote.
Lib Dem strategists are brimming with gratitude to the two big parties for making single-party government seem an unattractive proposition.
The paradox of thrift, political inequality and the difficulties of conference season.
Britain’s immigration debate would look very different if ministers overcame their fear of the fringe and trusted voters with a more honest account of the country we have.
The story of the Conservatives’ shrivelled membership is potentially as significant as the story of Labour’s presentational shambles.
Will appointing campaign strategist Jim Messina make a radical difference to the Conservatives' election chances? Probably not - the old-fashioned art of voter persuasion is on the wane.
Silly season can be a time of opportunity for dynamic politicians. Where is the opposition's fighting spirit?
Surely Cameron's modernising senses detect the toxic smell given off when a Tory Home Secretary runs a "migrants go home" campaign.
What really* happened when Crosby and Cameron talked.
In predictable fashion, anyone with a column to fill in the next week is going to write about the new royal arrival. Rafael Behr saves you the trouble of reading them.
The Tories say Labour are wasting their time attacking the PM's campaign strategist. Well, they would, wouldn't they.
The Labour leader has to look like the head of a movement when he takes on Unite, not a lone crusader.
Many opposition MPs are persuaded by the case for making a virtue of necessity: resolve the issue and expose Tory divisions.
The Labour leader must use this moment to emancipate himself from the machine that won him the job in the first place.
The chatter in the party has been that Watson runs around the country making sure 'his' people get chosen as candidates.
Both pro-EU, both queasy about a referendum. Who will jump first?
The Chancellor works on the assumption that voters have a boundless appetite for ever tighter welfare limits.
Did it really take a choreographed Downing Street tea party to get an extra £1m for the Internet Watch Foundation?
Stephen Twigg's speech was neither a capitulation to Gove’s agenda nor a ferocious reaction against it.
The Business Secretary's review of "zero-hours" contracts is hardly distinguishable from Labour policy.
The PM sees the EU as part of the solution, not the problem for the UK economy - a brave position to take as leader of today's Tory party.
The welfare line that Miliband is going to take owes a lot to the work that Liam Byrne has been doing.
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.
There are Conservatives who need routine evidence of treason to justify perpetual rebellion against their leader.
The Prime Minister's European strategy relies on an act of persuasion that he has proved himself incapable of pulling off.
The Labour line that Europe is a needless distraction would sound better if the opposition had more to say on everything else.