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How VAT has risen as income tax has fallen
By George Eaton - 04 January 10:15

For the first time, the rate of VAT is the same as the basic rate of income tax.

How the Tories and the Lib Dems broke their VAT promises
By George Eaton - 04 January 9:00

David Cameron insisted that the Tories had “absolutely no plans” to raise VAT.

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 04 January 8:00

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

Question marks over Rory Stewart’s superfast vision of the “big society”
By Ed Ballard - 03 January 18:31

Under the banner of accountability, the coalition is laying waste to our public services.

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 03 January 16:49

The five must-read blogs from today, on Thatcher, child poverty and anti-cuts protests.

100 days of Ed Miliband: the defining moments
By George Eaton - 03 January 16:20

The key points from Miliband’s first 100 days as Labour leader.

Which way will Labour turn on control orders?
By George Eaton - 03 January 12:39

Miliband is likely to support the abolition of control orders but will his MPs?

In praise of Israel
By Sholto Byrnes - 03 January 10:21

Critics should admit their double standard.

A winning message for Miliband?
By George Eaton - 03 January 9:36

The Labour leader should pledge to scrap the VAT increase, not merely condemn it.

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 03 January 8:00

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

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 02 January 8:14

The ten must-read pieces from the Sunday papers.

Cameron is wrong: the spending cuts are ideological
By George Eaton - 31 December 10:31

The Prime Minister says the cuts are not due to his “ideological zeal”. Here’s why he’s wrong.

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 31 December 8:00

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

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 30 December 16:00

The five must-read blogs from today, on electoral reform, strikes and Osborne’s luggage.

Is Cameron a Thatcher or a Macmillan?
By George Eaton - 30 December 11:54

The pair clashed over the economy in 1980, but which is David Cameron’s guiding spirit?

Cameron will be punished for failure on immigration
By George Eaton - 30 December 9:47

New report shows that the coalition will struggle to reduce net migration from 200,000.

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 30 December 8:00

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

Elton John coverage: compare and contrast
By Jon Bernstein - 29 December 17:46

Five years on, the <em>Sun</em> plays it straight.

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

The five must-read blogs from today, on electoral reform, Michael Gove and Simon Hughes.

Sarah Palin: now even Alaska doesn’t like her
By George Eaton - 29 December 13:07

New poll shows Palin is more unpopular in Alaska than in any state except Massachusetts.

Ten New Year’s resolutions for Nick Clegg
By Sholto Byrnes - 29 December 10:18

Some resolutions for the Lib Dem leader including: forget the <em>Orange Book</em> and revel in the

NS writers make their New Year’s resolutions
By George Eaton - 29 December 9:26

Find out what Laurie Penny, Roy Hattersley, Kevin Maguire and others are hoping to achieve in the ne

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 29 December 8:00

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

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 28 December 16:00

The five must-read blogs from today, on trade unions, David Miliband’s options and George Galloway.

New Statesman cover | 3 January 2011
By George Eaton - 28 December 15:09

A sneak preview of this week’s front cover.

The 20 most-read articles of 2010
By New Statesman - 28 December 11:18

What got you clicking this year.

Miliband’s reforms raise more questions than answers
By George Eaton - 28 December 9:51

Why “party supporters” should have no say over the Labour leadership.

CommentPlus: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 28 December 8:00

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

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 27 December 16:00

The five must-read blogs from today, on economic growth, petrol prices and radicalism.

The three biggest Cameron U-turns
By George Eaton - 27 December 12:49

The Tory leader’s U-turns on VAT, child benefit and spending cuts.

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