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PMQs Sketch: Balls's silence is deafening
By Peter McHugh - 18 January 16:41

Dave seizes economic initiative after the two Eds u-turn

Boris 2012 claims police numbers are up. But are they?
By Samira Shackle - 18 January 16:31

According to Labour campaigners, the Mayor's re-election website has inflated the number of Met offi

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 18 January 16:00

The five must-read blogs from today, including why hospitals could start charging for "hotel charges

New Statesman cover | 23 January
By Staff blogger - 18 January 15:37

A sneak preview of tomorrow's cover.

The rise of part-time Britain
By George Eaton - 18 January 14:53

1.3m people are being forced to work part-time because they can't find full-time jobs.

PMQs review: Cameron can't believe his luck
By George Eaton - 18 January 13:14

Until now, Cameron could only call Miliband "wrong". Now, he can call him a "flip-flopper".

Keep religion out of politics, now more than ever
By Sophie McBain - 18 January 11:22

Liberal political systems allow space for personal religiosity. Those based on faith will squeeze pe

Boris Island moves a step closer
By George Eaton - 18 January 9:48

The government will consult on Boris's proposal of a new airport in the Thames Estuary.

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 18 January 7:45

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

Women world leaders: in pictures
By Alice Gribbin - 17 January 18:35

The world's 18 female prime ministers and presidents.

Why we're taking Wikipedia down for a day
By Anonymous - 17 January 16:14

A personal explanation offered from a Wikimedia community member.

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 17 January 16:00

The five must-read blogs from today, including why we need debt.

Wikipedia 24-hour blackout: a reader
By Alice Gribbin - 17 January 12:49

The who, what and why of Wikipedia's plan to shut down in protest of anti-piracy legislation.

Miliband hits back at McCluskey
By George Eaton - 17 January 12:00

The Labour leader wasn't looking for a fight but he's not prepared to back down now.

How the left can be radical without spending money
By Rowenna Davis - 17 January 10:35

Balls's speech made way for a new agenda that is profoundly exciting.

McCluskey ignores the deficit that Osborne will leave
By George Eaton - 17 January 9:17

Nowhere does the Unite general secretary acknowledge the £79bn deficit that Labour would inherit.

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 17 January 7:34

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

Osborne needs to launder a euro bailout through the IMF
By Rafael Behr - 16 January 17:31

The Chancellor cannot be seen to throw good pounds after bad euros, but nor can he stand by as the s

Vacancy: online graduate trainee
By New Statesman - 16 January 17:02

An opportunity to join the <em>New Statesman</em> team.

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 16 January 15:52

The five must-read blogs from today, including why China can't save us.

Don't underestimate Ed Balls
By Richard Morris - 16 January 14:05

The shadow chancellor is repeating the trick that played so well before the 1997 election.

Cameron sinks Gove's yacht
By George Eaton - 16 January 12:18

A new royal yacht would not be an "appropriate use of public money," says No. 10.

The UK could already be back in recession, say forecasters
By Samira Shackle - 16 January 11:37

The Item Club and the CEBR say Britain is in a double-dip recession. Where is the government's plan

Clegg renews his push for a mansion tax
By George Eaton - 16 January 9:26

The Deputy PM warns that coalition support will fade if the rich are not targeted.

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 16 January 7:53

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

Israel's law keeping Arab families apart
By Anonymous - 15 January 12:24

The human consequences of the decision to ban thousands of Palestinians who are married to Israelis

Why prostitutes are living in a "climate of fear"
By Nichi Hodgson - 15 January 11:48

Police crackdowns on brothel-keeping mean that sex workers are unwilling to report intimidation and

You win nothing in politics just for being right
By John Whitting QC - 15 January 11:29

If the Tories were a private company, their shareholders would be furious. So why are voters more le

Ed Miliband's home for recycled jokes
By Helen Lewis - 15 January 10:10

The Labour leader practises gag austerity.

Owen Jones: Ed Balls' surrender is a political disaster
By Owen Jones - 15 January 9:48

The shadow chancellor's capitulation on cuts and public sector pay offers vindication for the Tories, says Owen Jones.

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