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Jim Murphy: security is at the heart of the new centre ground
By Rafael Behr - 16 November 13:11

The Shadow Defence Secretary has a theory about the changing complexion of British politics

News of the World reporter implicated in phone-hacking breaks his silence
By Samira Shackle - 16 November 11:38

Neville Thurlbeck alleges that senior <em>News of the World</em> executives kept James Murdoch in th

The Chinese banking accident waiting to happen
By Rafael Behr - 16 November 11:16

An IMF report suggests Beijing is storing up huge problems in its disordely and opaque financial sys

Youth unemployment hits a million
By George Eaton - 16 November 9:46

Unemployment rises to 2.62m, while youth unemployment reaches 1.02m, the highest level since 1992.

It's Britain vs Germany on the Robin Hood tax
By George Eaton - 16 November 9:01

Merkel ally warns that Britain will not "get away with" opposition to a transactions tax.

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 16 November 7:56

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

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 15 November 16:00

The five must-read blogs from today, including why it's not the end of capitalism at all.

Britain is still in the growth slow lane
By George Eaton - 15 November 14:22

Only Cyprus, Greece and Portugal have grown at a slower rate than the UK.

Lansley's magic trick with NHS waiting times
By Jonn Elledge - 15 November 13:03

Whatever we may like to tell ourselves, NHS care is rationed by the amount of money we're willing to

The pressure rises on Theresa May
By George Eaton - 15 November 10:55

Today's select committee hearing could determine the Home Secretary's future.

Will Osborne cut fuel tax again?
By George Eaton - 15 November 9:29

Ministers consider scrapping 3p rise in fuel duty after 110,000 sign e-petition.

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 15 November 7:50

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

"One woman defied convention": Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher
By Samira Shackle - 14 November 18:14

Trailer released for forthcoming Thatcher biopic, <em>The Iron Lady</em>.

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 14 November 16:00

The five must-read blogs from today, including why we can't agree how big the deficit is.

Boris challenges Cameron on the euro
By George Eaton - 14 November 14:20

Mayor of London distances himself from the PM and calls for the break-up of the euro.

Tory MP considers legal action over claims he insulted Cameron
By Samira Shackle - 14 November 10:48

Patrick Mercer allegedly called the Prime Minister a "despicable creature without any redeeming feat

Why I'm troubled by Berlusconi's departure
By Richard Morris - 14 November 9:56

If what happened in Italy were repeated here, Peter Mandelson would be prime minister by the end of

The jobs crisis is worsening
By George Eaton - 14 November 9:08

The pace of public sector job cuts means that unemployment is certain to rise this week.

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 14 November 7:50

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

The battle for growth
By Tony Dolphin - 13 November 11:18

Slower growth in 2011 is not due to the eurozone crisis; slower growth in 2012 will be.

Who owns the Scottish independence referendum?
By James Maxwell - 13 November 11:08

Only one party has a mandate to hold a vote, and it's not the Conservatives.

Family matters
By Rowenna Davis - 13 November 10:52

Labour is divided over how to address family issues - Ed Miliband needs to work out his strategy, fa

Silvio Berlusconi resigns
By New Statesman - 13 November 10:26

Italy's controversial prime minister is best remembered in his own words

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 13 November 9:37

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

Alternatives to austerity
By James Meadway - 12 November 12:59

The inevitable "structural reforms" Italy faces won't drag the eurozone's third-largest economy out

Why nobody wants to admit they're part of the 1 per cent
By sarah castell - 12 November 9:47

A culture of secrecy over executive pay is holding back attempts to tackle inequality.

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 12 November 9:40

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

Friday caption competition
By Staff blogger - 11 November 17:36

George and Christine.

Web Only: best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 11 November 16:24

The five must-read posts from today, including why James Murdoch might have strategically chosen ign

James Murdoch hearing: the movie
By Samira Shackle - 11 November 15:42

An animated version of the News International chairman being grilled by MPs.

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