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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

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 25 February 7:49

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

The petrol price index
By Duncan Robinson - 24 February 18:05

Fed up with petrol price increases? Just be thankful that you’re not Greek . . .

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 24 February 16:05

The five must-read blogs from today, including Foreign Office cuts, student visas and evacuations fr

The rise and rise of the Neets
By Duncan Robinson - 24 February 15:12

Nearly a million young people are not in education, work or training, according to new Department fo

Balls: extending the 50p rate is still an option
By George Eaton - 24 February 14:50

Is Ed Miliband about to fall out with another shadow chancellor?

In this week’s New Statesman: toppling the tyrants
By George Eaton - 24 February 11:51

Olivier Roy: end of the Arab strongman | Laurie Penny: decoding the royal guest list | Will Self: wh

Julian Assange loses extradition appeal
By Susannah Butter - 24 February 11:45

WikiLeaks founder has seven days to appeal again, otherwise he will be extradited to Sweden in ten d

World leaders condemn Gaddafi’s actions
By Samira Shackle - 24 February 9:10

Barack Obama has finally broken his silence on Libya – but there is no consensus on sanctions or a n

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 24 February 7:53

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

Labour’s growing dependence on the unions
By George Eaton - 23 February 17:17

The unions were responsible for nearly 90 per cent of all donations in Q4 2010.

Pay your way to your dream job
By Susannah Butter - 23 February 16:59

How much would you pay to get the job you want?

Libya: an uprising caught on cameraphone
By Duncan Robinson - 23 February 16:54

Social media have partly plugged the gap left by the absence of the mainstream media.

The trade union fightback
By Felicity Spector - 23 February 16:01

In a throwback to the 1970s, the defence of union rights is once again a hot political topic in the

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 23 February 15:56

The five must-read blogs from today, on the many spellings of Gaddafi, support for AV and anger with

Lib Dem jokes #397
By Jon Bernstein - 23 February 12:42

Courtesy of the latest issue of Total Politics, freshly redesigned (ditto its we

Tory minister Gerald Howarth: friend of the arms trade
By George Eaton - 23 February 11:36

The defence minister’s shameful links to the arms industry.

Gaddafi and friends: in pictures
By Samira Shackle - 23 February 10:04

World leaders may now be condemning the Libyan leader for his use of violence, but it hasn’t always

Gaddafi’s speech: the highlights
By Samira Shackle - 23 February 9:16

The Libyan dictator’s speech yesterday was defiant, yet incoherent. Here are the key quotations.

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