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Building the businesses of the future
By Sam Gyimah - 29 November 17:26

The real issue for Britain is our long-term competitiveness.

Political sketch: Chancellor runs out of places to hide
By Peter McHugh - 29 November 17:10

When the Speaker took the muzzle off Ed Balls, George was left eating his own words.

The dark side of Brick Lane's curry houses
By Rowenna Davis - 29 November 16:59

Caterers form the first ever Bangladeshi workers union in the UK, to tackle poor working conditions

Web Only: best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 29 November 16:00

The five must-read posts from today, including the Autumn Statement and post-human politics.

Osborne rides to Labour’s rescue
By Nick Pearce - 29 November 15:03

He has forced Labour to acknowledge that if you cut less now, you have to cut for longer.

Osborne takes an axe to the public sector
By George Eaton - 29 November 14:35

710,000 public sector jobs will be cut by 2017, up from previous estimate of 400,000.

Iranian protesters storm British embassy: in pictures
By Alice Gribbin - 29 November 13:54

Students in Tehran have broken into the UK embassy after clashing with riot police during an anti-Br

Osborne to borrow more than Labour was projected to
By George Eaton - 29 November 13:17

Chancellor forecast to borrow £19bn more than the Brown government was expected to.

George Osborne's Autumn Statement - live blog
By Samira Shackle - 29 November 12:12

Instant coverage and analysis as the Chancellor outlines plans to boost the economy, amid gloomy for

The Mail was "as dirty as anyone"
By Samira Shackle - 29 November 10:44

Paul McMullan, the former hack secretly recorded by Hugh Grant for the <em>NS</em>, to appear before

Is Osborne borrowing more or less?
By George Eaton - 29 November 9:13

The Chancellor is set to borrow more than Gordon Brown planned.

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 29 November 7:46

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

The voice of Libya's minorities
By Sophie McBain - 28 November 17:56

Gaddafi's discriminatory policies will outlive the dictator if post-revolutionary Libya defines itse

The political problem of parents priced out of work
By Rafael Behr - 28 November 17:14

The government is slowly waking up to the crisis in affordable childcare.

Want to know what the Lib Dems are for? You'll find out tomorrow.
By Richard Morris - 28 November 16:29

How lovely it is that we've started setting the agenda.

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 28 November 16:01

The five must-read blogs from today, including what British fascism might look like.

Miliband: I don't support strikes
By George Eaton - 28 November 15:38

Labour leader distances himself from the unions ahead of Wednesday's strike.

Charlotte Church claims she was offered £100k or "favourable coverage"
By Samira Shackle - 28 November 15:20

The singer alleges that she waived a £100,000 fee to sing at Rupert Murdoch's wedding in return for

Double-dip recession: don't say we didn't warn you
By George Eaton - 28 November 14:04

The New Statesman warned in 2009 that Osborne had no plan for growth.

Gove ramps up anti-strike rhetoric. But he didn't always feel this way
By Samira Shackle - 28 November 12:10

The Education Secretary condemns "industrial strife" -- but a photograph shows him on a picket line

Egypt elections: in pictures
By Alice Gribbin - 28 November 11:30

Today Egyptians take to the polls for the first time since Hosni Mubarak was ousted in February's re

Osborne's £5bn plan is too little, too late
By George Eaton - 28 November 9:26

A programme funded by cuts elsewhere is an insufficient stimulus.

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 28 November 7:47

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

Portugal: a case study in the politics of austerity
By Owen Jones - 27 November 11:19

Portuguese workers face a bleak future but the country's weak, fragmented left has empowered the neo

Defending the indefensible
By Ben White - 27 November 11:00

Israeli liberals are increasingly gloomy so British 'progressives' are being mobilised to fight the

Somalia: what is to be done?
By Nicky Woolf - 27 November 10:32

The west must act carefully to stabilise the world's most failed state.

Boris, the police and the pre-dawn raid
By Rowenna Davis - 27 November 10:01

Heavy-handed, politicised policing leaves our communities less secure.

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 27 November 9:40

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

Why we plan to strike on 30 November
By Dave Prentis - 26 November 12:05

Raising pension contributions is a hardship tax on public sector workers to pay down the deficit.

Pakistan’s memogate and the undermining of civilian rule
By Catriona Luke - 26 November 11:42

How the country's all-powerful military succeeded in bringing down the Pakistani ambassador to Washi

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