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Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 27 March 12:12

The ten must-read pieces from this morning’s papers.

Short-changing the kids
By James Mills - 26 March 9:18

This Budget put profit before young people.

After Portugal, what next?
By Benjamin Fox - 26 March 9:03

The EU’s bailout fund should not make billions from member states’ misery.

You want a good degree? Pay up
By Duncan Robinson - 25 March 17:55

The only universities not charging the maximum amount for top-up fees are among the worst in the cou

Osborne’s attack on flexible working will harm family life
By Ryan Shorthouse - 25 March 16:34

The Chancellor has taken the axe to a regulation that boosts productivity.

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 25 March 16:00

The five must-read blogs from today, including bank regulation, green taxes and what the <em>Sun</em

How dangerous is nuclear power? Not very
By Duncan Robinson - 25 March 15:11

Coal, oil and even solar power all kill more people than the much-maligned nuclear.

Comments of the week
By Staff blogger - 25 March 15:05

A selection of the best comments left on the site this week.

How unpopular are the cuts now?
By George Eaton - 25 March 13:34

Voters think the cuts are unfair and bad for the economy. But they still blame Labour.

The coalition’s confusion over planning
By Joey Gardiner - 25 March 12:01

The government clearly can’t decide between localism and economic growth.

New Statesman and Frontline Club debate with Julian Assange
By Adam Bowie - 25 March 10:06

Tickets now waiting list only.

Confusion remains as Nato takes charge in Libya
By George Eaton - 25 March 9:58

Nato takes command of the no-fly zone but the US will remain in charge of air strikes.

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 25 March 7:52

The ten must-read pieces from this morning’s papers.

Nick Clegg’s on-mike gaffe
By Duncan Robinson - 24 March 16:33

Clegg to Cameron: “If we keep doing this we won’t have anything to bloody disagree on in the bloody

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 24 March 15:57

The five must-read posts from today, including cuts to winter fuel allowance and an embarrassing sup

US arms company helps with the census
By Liam McLaughlin - 24 March 15:08

In 2008 a US arms company won the contract to support the government on this year’s census, but ther

Osborne set to break pledge to protect NHS spending
By George Eaton - 24 March 14:35

The IFS warns that higher inflation means NHS spending will be cut by 0.1 per cent.

The census may have a nugget, but Tesco already has the gold
By Chris Smith - 24 March 14:14

The government has nothing on supermarkets when it comes to keeping to tabs on people.

Is Britain really out of the “danger zone”?
By George Eaton - 24 March 13:15

Ratings agencies warn that slower growth could put Britain’s AAA rating at risk.

In this week’s New Statesman: Why Libya? Why now?
By George Eaton - 24 March 11:30

Mehdi Hasan: the limits of intervention | Robert Skidelsky: the dangers of Ricardian-Osbornism | Joh

Is George Osborne right about the North Sea tax?
By Samira Shackle - 24 March 8:57

Labour argues that the windfall tax could be passed to customers – but this is not an effective line

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 24 March 7:55

The ten must-read pieces from this morning’s papers.

Osborne has not solved the cost of living crisis
By Gavin Kelly - 23 March 16:45

Britain needs convincing ideas about how to ensure that real wages rise.

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 23 March 16:29

The five must-read blogs from today on the Budget, poll bounces and Ken <em>v</em> Boris.

Osborne’s Budget provides few reasons to be cheerful
By George Eaton - 23 March 15:53

Growth revised down. Unemployment, borrowing and inflation revised up.

New Statesman and Frontline Club present debate with Julian Assange
By Adam Bowie and Ryan Gallagher - 23 March 15:41

Assange will take part in his first adversarial debate since the release of the WikiLeaks cables.

Osborne’s tax cuts will be swallowed up by his tax rises
By George Eaton - 23 March 11:56

The £600 rise in the personal allowance will be swallowed up by higher VAT.

The Budget – live blog
By George Eaton and Samira Shackle - 23 March 11:19

Minute-by-minute coverage of George Osborne’s second Budget as Chancellor.

Why Obama is courting his troublesome neighbours
By Simon Reid-Henry - 23 March 11:04

In a world of shifting power balances, the president is wise to re-engage Latin America.

Mugabe should “take heed” of Middle East, warns Hague
By Samira Shackle - 23 March 8:39

Foreign Secretary speaks of “ambitious foreign policy” for Britain, and compares Mugabe and Gbagbo t

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