The New Statesman’s rolling politics blog


For all our politicians fail to grasp it, a progressive alliance can still be built
By Neal Lawson - 02 March 14:21

Supporters of the three anti-Conservative parties must put aside the disagreements of the last five years - and vote tactically

The success of Russia Today and Al-Jazeera show why the World Service is more important than ever
By Beth Miller - 02 March 13:34

Shorn of its government funding and now reliant on the licence fee, the BBC World Service is in grave danger. Britain could pay a heavy price for letting it go extinct

Broadcasters reject the Greens' request for Natalie Bennett only to appear in one TV debate
By Anoosh Chakelian - 02 March 12:11

The Green party's plea for its leader and its MP to appear in one debate each has been declined by the broadcasters.

Dress codes: can there be a productive relationship between politics and fashion?
By Anna Leszkiewicz - 02 March 11:36

Political fashion has never been straightforward.

As the activists' darling launches his re-election campaign in the Lake District, he struggles to deflect questions about his next move.
Tim Farron profile: The Lib Dems' leader-in-waiting
By George Eaton - 02 March 11:30

As the activists' darling launches his re-election campaign in the Lake District, he struggles to deflect questions about his next move. 

The market, not just the state, needs to up its game to tackle child poverty
By Kate Green - 02 March 8:28

Without money to spend, the next Labour government will need other levers other than big spending to tackle poverty

Operation Black Vote: on the road with the bus that could decide the election
By Anoosh Chakelian - 02 March 8:07

We climbed on board the Operation Black Vote bus last week, as it launched its campaign to register black and minority ethnic voters ahead of the election.

The war at home: how Russia is winning the battle for hearts and minds
By Andrew Foxall - 01 March 12:58

Recent attention on the Kremlin has focussed on its revanchism abroad and its treatment of opposition at home. But its soft-power advance into Britain has gone almost unnoticed

Why are Pegida marching in Newcastle?
By Sam Thompson - 28 February 9:38

The far-right movement Pegida is having their first rally outside their native Germany in Newcastle today. Only a radical politics can turn the tide

Tuition fees turn students into customers - that's bad news for learning
By Stephanie Boland - 27 February 18:12

Tuition fees reflect the cultural drift towards the acquisition of money as the most important thing in life.

Labour mustn't let the promise of the mayoral primary die
By David Lammy - 27 February 17:27

Labour seems almost ashamed of its attempts to open up politics in London

Labour's tuition fee policy: not awful, but still pretty bad
By Emran Mian - 27 February 15:43

Labour's tuition fee policy isn't as bad as I feared. It's still pretty dire.

Labour's path to a stronger society - Dan Jarvis speech
By Dan Jarvis - 27 February 15:30

Dan Jarvis addresses Unison

Real devolution has to come from public consent, not Whitehall diktat
By Lisa Nandy - 27 February 14:56

Devolution has to be about more than transferring power from one unaccountable structure in London to another in Manchester, Lisa Nandy argues

The favourite to be the party's next leader says they "won’t have a choice" if Miliband finishes ahead in a hung parliament.
Exclusive: Tim Farron: Lib Dems will have to back Labour if they win more seats than the Tories
By George Eaton - 27 February 13:50

The favourite to be the party's next leader says they "won’t have a choice" if Miliband finishes ahead in a hung parliament. 

Five election forecasts concur: Labour & Tories to fall at least 40 seats short of a majority
By May2015 - 27 February 12:52

Three new forecasts published today reiterate how similar predictions are for this election – and that a hung parliament appears to be an inevitability.

Lowering tuition fees is a step in the right direction - ignore the vice-chancellors
By Ashley Cowburn - 27 February 12:41

If the £9,000 fees deterred even one bright student from attending a university and fulfilling their potential, then this coalition's hike in fees has been a travesty. 

Labour will cut fees from £9k to £6k, the party pledges
By Stephen Bush - 27 February 12:28

Ed Miliband and Ed Balls attack the coalition's fees model for betraying young people and piling billions onto the national debt, and pledge to reduce the headline fee by £3,000

Student politics: The future of tuition fees and higher education debt
By Nick Pearce - 27 February 12:03

Dismissing Labour's tuition fees policy as mere populism is a mistake -  there is a serious debate to be had about tuition fees

Hard choices lie ahead - here's how the next government might make them
By Jonathan Portes - 27 February 11:10

The next government can use data to make cuts more effectively and in a fairer way than this one

The story of tuition fees: from keepy-uppy to political football
By Anoosh Chakelian - 27 February 8:10

Labour is proposing a cut in tuition fees, but it was the party that made students pay in the first place.

Tristram Hunt: "You wouldn’t go to an accountant because they really like numbers"
By Stephen Bush - 27 February 8:07

Ahead of Ukip's conference in Margate, Tristram Hunt says that Labour can use the politics of aspiration to attack Ukip.

I've had four years of using the Job Centre - and four years of incompetence
By Gary Boyd - 26 February 17:35

Using the Job Centre has exposed me to institutionalised bullying, poorly-chosen medical experts, and incompetence, says Gary Boyd. So I've decided to do something about it

The New Statesman Podcast | Episode Seventy-Nine
By New Statesman - 26 February 16:17

Ceres and tuition fees.

The Alan Turing petition: No 10 hides behind "practical and legal complexities" of pardoning 49,000 gay men
By Ashley Cowburn - 26 February 14:49

The codebreaker, Alan Turing, received a posthumous royal pardon in December 2013. But now his relatives are campaigning for the pardon to be extended to all gay men convicted under gross indecency laws.

Islamic terrorist "Jihadi John". Image: BBC News screengrab
Islamic State terrorist “Jihadi John” identified as British man Mohammed Emwazi
By Anna Leszkiewicz - 26 February 11:55

Friends have identified the Islamic State member, who has beheaded several hostages, as Kuwaiti-born Mohammed Emwazi from West London.

Devo Manc? It's the best thing since sliced bread
By Luke Raikes - 26 February 11:46

New plans for devolution to Manchester are fantastic news, argues Luke Raikes

 The Conservatives' failure to meet their pledge to reduce net migration to "tens of thousands" is one of the best things to have happened to the economy.
What the Tories can't say about today's immigration figures: political failure is economic success
By George Eaton - 26 February 11:20

 The Conservatives' failure to meet their pledge to reduce net migration to "tens of thousands" is one of the best things to have happened to the economy. 

Glasgow's missing millions? Labour should look at themselves, not the SNP
By Susan Aitken - 26 February 8:40

Glasgow's budget cuts are due to the austerity agenda of the Conservatives, not the Sturgeon administration, an SNP councillor says.

Peter Pinkney is a union leader and Green candidate. Photo: YouTube screengrab
From Labour careerists to middle-class Marxists: Peter Pinkney, the union boss and Green candidate
By Anoosh Chakelian - 26 February 8:07

The socialist firebrand and RMT president is running for the Greens in Redcar. Why?