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PMQs review: Cameron comes unstuck on Sure Start
By George Eaton - 02 March 13:26

The PM is caught out after falsely claiming that Sure Start is protected from cuts.

The Tories’ shameful attack on trade unionism
By Denis MacShane - 02 March 10:50

The decision to end funding for the International Labour Organisation is a betrayal of Arab workers.

The case against a “fair fuel stabiliser”
By George Eaton - 02 March 9:38

This costly measure would mean major tax rises or spending cuts elsewhere.

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 02 March 8:00

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

WikiLeaks nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
By Duncan Robinson - 01 March 16:46

The whistleblowing website is one of 241 nominees for the annual award.

Saif Gaddafi rails against protesters
By Liam McLaughlin - 01 March 16:20

The colonel’s son is recorded apparently promising to arm pro-Gaddafi fighters.

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 01 March 16:04

The five must-read blogs from today, including George Osborne’s tax claims and the war on quangos.

Will Alain Juppé turn out to be Sarkozy’s nemesis?
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 01 March 15:53

The French right could yet turn to the new foreign minister in next year’s presidential elections.

Quote of the day
By Duncan Robinson - 01 March 15:18

A Labour MP picks on Nick Clegg during Deputy Prime Minister’s Questions.

The TaxPayers’ Alliance isn’t soft on the Tories
By Matthew Sinclair - 01 March 11:21

We have praised and criticised all the major parties, and we will keep doing so.

Osborne’s misleading cuts claim
By George Eaton - 01 March 9:57

The claim that Labour would have cut spending by just £2bn less doesn’t stand up.

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 01 March 8:00

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

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 28 February 16:00

The five must-read blogs from today, including David Cameron and the Middle East, and William Hague'

Why Steven Davies could be the tipping point for gay sportsmen
By Duncan Robinson - 28 February 14:36

The England wicketkeeper’s decision could help break down the last taboo in sport.

The “squeezed middle”: the key data
By George Eaton - 28 February 13:18

The wage squeeze, the rise in wage inequality and the coalition’s benefit cuts.

Shirley Williams encourages Lib Dem NHS rebellion
By George Eaton - 28 February 9:17

Lib Dem peer says she cannot support an “untried and disruptive reorganisation”.

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 28 February 8:00

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

Poll reveals huge potential support for the far right. Why?
By Daniel Trilling - 27 February 20:10

What <em>Searchlight</em>’s new survey tells us about race, class and immigration in Britain.

Signing off from The Staggers
By Sholto Byrnes - 27 February 12:26

After 18 months of blogging, I’m still convinced religion must be better understood.

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 27 February 11:53

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

Libya: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 26 February 14:02

The week’s five must-read posts on the uprising against Muammar al-Gaddafi.

Ireland votes for more of the same
By Fiachra Gibbons - 26 February 12:29

Fianna Fail may have been routed, but the country’s likely new leader is not the man to clean up our

The coalition’s fees plan is in trouble
By George Eaton - 25 February 18:12

Why ministers are desperate to stop universities charging students £9,000 a year.

It’s time to redress the boardroom gender imbalance
By Susannah Butter - 25 February 18:02

But the approach recommended in the Mervyn Davies report risks excluding yet another generation of w

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

The five must-read blogs from today, including GDP figures, UK Uncut’s international renown and Mand

Political euphemism of the day
By Duncan Robinson - 25 February 14:30

When is a rebel not a rebel?

Corporation tax rates around the world
By George Eaton - 25 February 13:45

The US and Japan have the highest rates of corporation tax in the world.

Change on a smaller scale
By James Preston - 25 February 11:31

Qatar and the United Arab Emirates may not be facing mass uprisings, but they are still feeling pres

The economy shrank by even more than we thought
By George Eaton - 25 February 9:58

Growth figures for Q4 revised downwards to -0.6 per cent.

Benghazi: in pictures
By Samira Shackle - 25 February 9:11

Much of eastern Libya is under the control of protesters. Here are photographs from inside the count

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