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Ken takes the lead over Boris
By George Eaton - 14 February 14:41

New poll puts Livingstone ahead of Johnson in London mayoral race by 45 per cent to 43.

What’s Muslim got to do with it?
By Jon Bernstein - 14 February 14:33

<em>Telegraph</em> headline ill-judged at best.

The reality of Britain’s War in Afghanistan
By Yasmin Khan - 14 February 13:58

As the conflict in Afghanistan enters its tenth year, a report by War on Want exposes the truth behi

Neil and Christine Hamilton in publicity-seeking shock
By Duncan Robinson - 14 February 11:46

The former MP and his wife release a picture re-creating the famous pottery scene from <em>Ghost</em

What Cameron can learn from Labour about identity
By Michael Wills - 14 February 11:35

We need to develop an inclusive statement of the values that bind us together.

Cameron’s “big society” relaunch repeats old errors
By George Eaton - 14 February 9:36

The Prime Minister continues to draw a false distinction between “big government” and “big society”.

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 14 February 8:00

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

Tories auction off City internships to raise funds
By Helen Lewis - 13 February 13:33

Supporters pay thousands to get their children work experience in hedge funds and banks.

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 13 February 10:03

The ten must-read pieces from the Sunday papers.

Ken Clarke’s bad news for the “squeezed middle”
By Helen Lewis - 12 February 18:06

The Justice Secretary goes off-message again.

Algerian riot police deployed to stifle protests
By Helen Lewis - 12 February 13:33

Thousands of officers are sent out to prevent a repeat of the Egyptian uprising.

Can anything derail The King’s Speech?
By Helen Lewis - 12 February 11:29

On Baftas weekend, a look at this year’s blockbuster British film.

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 12 February 9:27

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

Pick of the Week
By Staff blogger - 11 February 18:04

A selection of posts made on newstatesman.com this week.

Wyclef Jean’s contribution to the Egyptian revolution
By Susannah Butter and Victoria Mitchell - 11 February 17:45

Is the Haitian rapper the real reason behind Mubarak’s exit?

Mubarak steps down as president
By George Eaton - 11 February 16:08

Egyptian president leaves Cairo * Armed forces handed power.

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 11 February 16:02

The five must-read posts from today, on Labour leadership elections, EMA and expensive tweets.

The voters are finally turning against the Tories
By George Eaton - 11 February 13:46

Lib Dem “human shields” are no longer protecting the Tories from the cuts backlash.

“The Shoe Thrower’s Index”
By Duncan Robinson - 11 February 11:28

A new index by the <em>Economist</em> gives an evidence-based insight into unrest in the Arab world.

The coalition’s welfare squeeze
By George Eaton - 11 February 11:12

Families could lose £2,700 a year as a result of cuts to benefits and tax credits.

The God app: Vatican should rethink the ban
By Sholto Byrnes - 11 February 9:52

It could be a blessed relief for Catholics.

Will the royal wedding create a “Yes mood” for the pro-AV campaign?
By Samira Shackle - 11 February 8:44

The Yes to AV campaign reportedly plans to capitalise on the royal wedding – but this tactic is unli

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 11 February 7:30

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

Mehdi Hasan on BBC Question Time
By New Statesman - 10 February 21:46

Have your say on tonight’s programme.

MPs vote to keep ban on prisoners voting
By George Eaton - 10 February 18:19

234 MPs vote to keep the ban, with just 22 opposed.

Expenses MP Jim Devine’s car-crash interview
By George Eaton - 10 February 17:58

When the Labour MP Jim Devine defended fraud as “moving money around”.

Egyptian president “may stand down”
By Duncan Robinson - 10 February 17:38

A senior member of Egypt’s governing party suggests that President Mubarak’s departure is imminent.

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 10 February 16:00

The five must-read blogs from today, on prisoner votes, John Bercow and high pay.

The return of Big Government
By George Eaton - 10 February 14:08

State spending exceeded 50 per cent of GDP in 11 European countries last year.

Now the Arab world is teaching the west about democracy
By John Chalcraft - 10 February 12:08

The west could – and should – learn from the uprisings in the Middle East.

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