The New Statesman’s rolling politics blog

RSS

Forming alliances: a run-down of the parties’ red lines
By Anoosh Chakelian - 19 December 16:28

Hung parliament preparations.

Having addressed the deficit and immigration, the party plans to focus on its greatest strength.
Labour to turn focus to health with 10-year NHS plan in January
By George Eaton - 19 December 16:12

Having addressed the deficit and immigration, the party plans to focus on its greatest strength. 

"People just dismiss me": the leading policeman challenging the War on Drugs
By Tim Wigmore - 19 December 14:28

The Chief Constable of Durham, Mike Barton, breaks the taboo on drugs.

"The last backstop for the most vulnerable": what now for local welfare schemes?
By Megan Jarvie and Lindsay Judge - 19 December 12:29

Yesterday’s Provisional Local Government Settlement contained the worrying news that dedicated funding for council-run emergency support schemes will cease.

The fight against poverty overseas is undermined by money laundering in the UK
By Steve Barclay - 19 December 11:53

Why the government's anti-corruption plan is a missed opportunity.

The party reaches the nadir prophesied by Chris Huhne in 2010.
Lib Dems hit new poll low of 5 per cent
By George Eaton - 19 December 11:44

The party reaches the nadir prophesied by Chris Huhne in 2010. 

Nigel Farage defends Ukip candidate's racist remark
By Anoosh Chakelian - 19 December 10:56

"If you go for a Chinese, what do you call it?"

Cutting council funds: the government's ill-conceived rebalancing act
By Joe Anderson - 19 December 9:42

The government's local authority cuts will inhibit growth in the regions, rather than building a "northern powerhouse".

The 2015 election campaign officially begins: what does this mean?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 19 December 8:41

The "long campaign" begins today.

On this week’s New Statesman podcast: Episode Seventy-One
By New Statesman - 18 December 19:06

The political year that nobody “won”, hacking in North Korea, and introducing Libby Lane, the Church of England’s first female bishop.

When the state has to step in where the Big Society has failed
By Lisa Nandy - 18 December 16:55

The closure of the Northern Rock Foundation and creation of the Virgin Money Foundation is an example of where the state has had to step in where the Big Society has failed.

By rejecting Trident, Labour could balance the books and secure a workable government
By Kate Hudson - 18 December 16:43

The final vote on Trident replacement is due in 2016: for a government committed to paying down the deficit, a decision not to spend over £100bn on nuclear weapons has got to be a runner.

Police clash with protestors in the 1979 riots in Southall, west London.
The hard knock life of British multiculturalism
By Ciaran Thapar - 18 December 16:09

After decades of simmering instability, the once lauded ideal of British multiculturalism is now seen as a failure.

A new poll shows a third of current Green supporters plan to vote for Miliband's party at the general election.
Labour on course to squeeze the Greens in 2015
By George Eaton - 18 December 16:02

A new poll shows a third of current Green supporters plan to vote for Miliband's party at the general election. 

Forget disillusionment, voters have never been more empowered
By Tim Wigmore - 18 December 15:06

The electorate is increasingly promiscuous; MPs have to do more to hold onto their jobs.

Ashcroft's polls: Labour will not win a majority – and could lose four seats to Ukip
By Harry Lambert - 18 December 13:17

Ashcroft’s latest polls are discouraging for Labour.

By insisting that a surplus of £23bn is necessary to reduce the national debt, the Chancellor has exposed himself to the charge that he is an ideologue.
Osborne stands by plan to continue cuts even after the deficit is gone
By George Eaton - 17 December 18:04

By insisting that a surplus of £23bn is necessary to reduce the national debt, the Chancellor has exposed himself to the charge that he is an ideologue. 

Benefit payment delays and the bedroom tax impact terribly on disabled people's lives
By Richard Kramer - 17 December 15:43

The impact of the bedroom tax and outstanding PIP claims not only affect disabled people financially, but can lead them to feeling excluded from the community.

In this week’s New Statesman | Christmas and New Year special
By New Statesman - 17 December 15:26

A first look at this week’s magazine.

The US election countdown begins with Jeb Bush leading the way
By Andrew Hammond - 17 December 14:58

Although election day is two years away, candidates have already begun jostling for the US presidency.

Watch: which party leader does Lord Sugar fire in The Apprentice?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 17 December 14:29

Alan Sugar has released a spoof exclusive preview of next year's Apprentice series, featuring politicians.

The Labour leader won a rare victory on the Tories' strongest territory.
PMQs review: Miliband halts Cameron's advance on the economy
By George Eaton - 17 December 13:14

The Labour leader won a rare victory on the Tories' strongest territory. 

No matter how "punchy", the Chilcot report remains an afterthought
By Anoosh Chakelian - 17 December 12:08

The findings of the long-awaited Chilcot inquiry are reportedly sending shockwaves through Whitehall. When will the Prime Minister start taking it seriously?

The unacceptable situation at Yarl’s Wood calls for an independent inquiry
By Vera Baird - 17 December 9:06

It is right that Labour has committed to hold an inquiry.

Scottish referendum: how the Queen was asked to intervene amid fears of a Yes vote
By Anoosh Chakelian - 17 December 8:30

The Guardian reveals the negotiations that led to the Queen's intervention ahead of the Scottish independence vote.

The danger of ideology-based newspaper coverage of climate change
By Bob Ward - 16 December 16:48

A warning against the publication of columns promoting climate change denial.

The BBC is right to broadcast Hilary Mantel's The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher
By Douglas Beattie - 16 December 15:10

The fictional account of an IRA sniper targeting the Conservative Prime Minister threatens no one and shows the Corporation is in good shape.

Pages