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Introducing the real George Osborne, urban street dancer
By Jon Bernstein - 22 November 9:59

"George, you can't jazz tap your way to Number 10."

Economic confidence at its lowest since the financial crash
By Samira Shackle - 22 November 9:03

Polls show increasing public discomfort with the economy -- but Labour is not capitalising on this o

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 22 November 7:59

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

Hugh Grant at the Leveson Inquiry: The full evidence
By Staff blogger - 21 November 23:47

The actor on press intimidation and intrusion.

New housing strategy misses a trick
By Andy Hull - 21 November 18:27

Government intervention has made it more likely that we are on course for another lost decade in Bri

Hugh Grant's 10 myths of tabloid journalism
By George Eaton - 21 November 17:49

How the actor rebutted the tabloids at the Leveson inquiry.

Hugh Grant links Mail on Sunday to phone hacking
By Helen Lewis - 21 November 17:34

"I would love to know what the Mail's explanation or source was," the actor tells the Leveson inquir

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 21 November 16:00

The five must-read blogs from today, including the mass exit threat to public sector pensions.

Who still thinks Britain should join the euro?
By George Eaton - 21 November 15:23

Ashdown, Heseltine, Blair and others are rallying to the euro's defence.

Hugh Grant's evidence to Leveson inquiry - live blog
By Samira Shackle - 21 November 13:54

Instant coverage and analysis as the actor gives evidence to the phone-hacking inquiry.

Will Cameron's deal with Merkel placate his party's sceptics?
By Rafael Behr - 21 November 12:33

German agreement to relax the working time directive is a real concession but maybe Tory backbencher

SNP boosted by record £1m donation
By George Eaton - 21 November 10:50

Alex Salmond's party receives £1m donation from EuroMillions winners.

Cairo protests: in pictures
By Samira Shackle - 21 November 8:56

Violent clashes in the Egyptian capital have entered their third day, with a risk that elections cou

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 21 November 7:56

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

Bishops attack government's planned benefit cap
By Samira Shackle - 20 November 13:44

Backed by Rowan Williams, 18 Church of England bishops condemn coalition's controversial welfare ref

Why Israel/Palestine needs a new definition of self-determination
By Ben White - 20 November 11:40

The separation and "ethnic purity" currently seen in Israel disturbs even the honest among its advoc

Riots, protests, and materialism
By Sean Carey - 20 November 11:02

If material advancement provides social glue, then economic growth is essential to ensuring stabilit

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 20 November 8:32

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

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi captured in Libyan desert
By Samira Shackle - 19 November 12:37

The son and heir-apparent of the former dictator has been arrested by pro-government fighters.

The dangers of ignoring this recession's bitter regional edge
By Lewis Goodall - 19 November 10:41

The north of England and many of the other English regions are enduring a daily squeeze that is seld

The "right" to discriminate? It doesn't exist
By Frances Ryan - 19 November 10:15

You have the right to be homophobic -- but not to put these beliefs into harmful action.

What is Britain's role in the CIA's illegal drone campaign?
By Samira Shackle - 19 November 9:49

The death of two British nationals in Pakistan raises serious questions about UK complicity.

Why Osborne is wrong on the Robin Hood Tax
By Simon Chouffot - 19 November 9:04

The Chancellor has framed the debate as an EU attack on British prosperity. This does not stand-up.

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 19 November 8:09

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

In defence of Richard Littlejohn
By Ellie Mae O'Hagan - 18 November 16:44

His columns have the same effect as switching on the lights during an orgy.

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

The five must-read blogs from today, including why the left should oppose state funding of parties.

Cameron and Merkel fail to progress
By George Eaton - 18 November 14:08

The pair's smiles couldn't disguise the level of disagreement.

Miliband needs entrepreneur evangelists
By Rafael Behr - 18 November 11:45

The Labour leader's critique of "predatory" capitalism would be more effective delivered by experien

The real reason the UK fears an EU Tobin tax
By Richard Morris - 18 November 10:23

French farmers are set fair to do well out of an European Tobin tax.

Osborne squeezes benefits again
By George Eaton - 18 November 9:26

Benefits will not be raised in line with September inflation in order to cut fuel duty.

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