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CommentPlus: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 21 December 7:39

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

Obama fightback begins with gay rights milestone
By Felicity Spector - 20 December 17:15

Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell takes the edge off Barack Obama’s capitulation over tax cuts.

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 20 December 16:00

The five must-read posts from today, including Michael Gove’s own-goal and Ed Miliband and the union

The people funding the Tory party: there are fewer of them than you think
By Samira Shackle - 20 December 15:27

New research shows that more than half of the party’s donations in the last decade came from just 50

Keep calm and carry on (commenting)
By Duncan Robinson - 20 December 13:33

Comments are not appearing on the site instantly, but they will appear eventually.

Coalition backtracks on primary school sports cuts
By Duncan Robinson - 20 December 11:24

The Schools Sports Partnership will no longer be scrapped, but will still have its funding reduced.

McCluskey’s rhetoric is “wrong and unhelpful”, says Miliband
By Samira Shackle - 20 December 11:05

Labour leader criticises Unite boss’s rallying cry for more strikes – but Labour and the unions shou

CommentPlus: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 20 December 7:46

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

Anthony Howard: 1934-2010
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 19 December 23:46

Former <em>New Statesman</em> editor dies at the age of 76.

The Muslim Brotherhood: should we engage?
By Sholto Byrnes - 19 December 11:03

Rethinking Islamism V.

CommentPlus: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 19 December 8:07

The ten must-read pieces from the Sunday papers.

The War on Christmas: Part 94
By Tony Hudson - 17 December 17:00

The annual hysteria is manufactured and unnecessary and needs to stop.

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 17 December 16:28

The five must-read blogs from today, on bank bonuses, electoral reform and drugs policy.

Jobless Britain is what should scare the coalition – not rioting students
By Ben Fox - 17 December 16:00

With 2.6 people on benefits for every job vacancy, Cameron will soon see what Broken Britain looks l

Cameron hints that he wants a Lib Dem by-election victory
By George Eaton - 17 December 14:54

Ahead of the Oldham East by-election, Cameron says of the Lib Dems: “I wish them well.”

A graduate tax is the fairest solution
By Tom Wright - 17 December 14:49

As a sixth-former, I think a graduate tax would increase social mobility and maintain world-class hi

A message for New Statesman readers and subscribers
By Staff blogger - 17 December 14:21

What to do if your magazine hasn’t arrived.

Preview: Russell Brand on WikiLeaks
By George Eaton - 17 December 11:54

The comedian and actor on the “petty, snickering attitude” of those exposed.

Why a rise in poverty will humiliate Cameron
By George Eaton - 17 December 10:33

Osborne and Cameron will stand accused not only of being unfair but of being insincere.

British woman faces death sentence
By Sholto Byrnes - 17 December 8:24

Should it be one law for “us” and another for “them”?

CommentPlus: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 17 December 8:00

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

Ending the detention of children is just the beginning
By Duncan Robinson - 16 December 16:25

Hundreds of former asylum-seekers are still stuck in a Kafkaesque system with no prospect of release

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

The five must-read blogs from today, on drug legalisation, Gordon’s ghost and the Tory rebels.

The Lib Dems finally win proportional representation
By George Eaton - 16 December 14:26

Clegg’s party is on 8 per cent in the polls and has 8.7 per cent of seats in the Commons.

Seven months of savage cuts leave coalition’s green hue fading
By Ed Ballard - 16 December 10:11

With the final nails hammered into the coffin of the Green Investment Bank, it’s time for a look bac

Clegg calls time on child detention
By George Eaton - 16 December 9:21

A Lib Dem achievement to celebrate.

CommentPlus: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 16 December 7:50

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

Fear of Facebook
By Jason Stamper - 15 December 18:15

Police receive only 7,545 calls about Facebook this year, but right-wing press finds reasons to be f

What the royal poking says about our media
By Alison Banville - 15 December 17:31

Coverage of the student protests shows the limits of media impartiality in Britain.

Why Miliband’s poor ratings shouldn’t trouble Labour
By George Eaton - 15 December 16:29

The Labour leader has sensibly avoided raising unrealistic expectations.

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