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Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 29 October 17:01

The five must-read blogs from today, on housing benefit, the EU and the Lib Dems.

Does the world really want a credible United Nations?
By Sholto Byrnes - 29 October 16:40

No more mediocrities for the post of secretary general would be a good start.

Cameron: BBC cuts are “delicious”
By George Eaton - 29 October 15:30

“We’re all in it together, including, deliciously, the BBC,” says David Cameron.

The crafty political logic of the coalition’s war on universality
By Matthew Partridge - 29 October 13:43

Labour has to find a credible counterargument to defend this key progressive principle.

Why Tory MPs might save the hunting ban
By George Eaton - 29 October 13:01

At least 20 new Conservative MPs are opposed to the repeal of the ban.

Another housing headache for the coalition
By George Eaton - 29 October 10:45

New warning that coalition’s housing policy will increase welfare dependency.

CommentPlus: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 29 October 8:54

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

China and Iran vie for the subcontinent
By Catriona Luke - 28 October 18:49

Iran’s destabilising influence in Afghanistan is just the tip of a geopolitical iceberg.

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 28 October 16:58

The five must-read blogs from today, on the bankruptcy myth, Boris <em>v</em> Dave and nuclear power

The Tea Party is a liability for the Republicans
By Jonn Elledge - 28 October 15:38

This war for the GOP’s soul could do more harm than good – particularly if the wrong side wins.

Palin lacks “gravitas”, says Rove
By Oliver Willmott - 28 October 14:44

Former Bush strategist questions if Sarah Palin is suitable to stand for president.

Being untouchable no longer
By David Griffiths - 28 October 13:36

Increasingly powerful voices in India are calling for a true end to discrimination based on caste.

Why the child benefit cut may not happen
By George Eaton - 28 October 13:01

Treasury warns that plan to abolish child benefit for higher earners is “unenforceable”.

Cameron fights a war on two fronts in Europe
By George Eaton - 28 October 11:27

Eurosceptic anger as PM admits defeat on EU budget and Angela Merkel pushes treaty changes.

In this week’s New Statesman: America’s fear
By George Eaton - 28 October 10:19

Mehdi Hasan on the “Ground Zero mosque” | Jon Cruddas: The Tories’ social cleansing | Bob Woodward i

CommentPlus: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 28 October 9:01

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

New Statesman cover | 1 November 2010
By George Eaton - 27 October 17:35

Sneak preview of this week’s front cover.

Prime ministerial debates belong to the voters, not the politicians.
By David Mills - 27 October 17:03

Broadcasters need to insist on a more open set of debates.

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 27 October 17:00

The five must-read blogs from today, on worthless banks, Grayling’s porkies and housing benefit.

Top 10 absurd things they tried to ban
By Rob Higson - 27 October 16:42

In honour of the Italian seaside town that recently banned miniskirts, here is our pick of the best

Cameron's election-day guessing game
By Sunder Katwala - 27 October 16:08

New book reveals that Cameron and Osborne were among those predicting a hung parliament.

PMQs verdict: Cameron beats Miliband on points
By George Eaton - 27 October 14:13

Cameron won this round but he may live to regret his obstinacy about housing benefit.

In praise of Steven Baxter
By David Allen Green - 27 October 11:50

The blogger “Anton Vowl” reveals himself.

The coalition eyes a compromise on housing benefit
By George Eaton - 27 October 10:31

Ministers consider amending benefit cap after criticism of “draconian” reform.

CommentPlus: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 27 October 8:52

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

Boundary changes will hit Welsh Labour MPs hardest
By Caroline Crampton - 26 October 19:20

There is a clear political dimension to the way that the coalition’s proposed boundary changes will

Arundhati Roy threatened with arrest
By Ursula Donnelly - 26 October 18:39

Indian government accuses author of making “seditious” comments about Kashmir.

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 26 October 17:04

The five must-read blogs from today, including the growth figures and Cameron as a “Tea Party Tory”.

A strike for Bonfire Night
By David Allen Green - 26 October 15:47

Are public-service strikes ever an abuse of power?

Why the NHS budget isn’t as safe as you think
By George Eaton - 26 October 13:04

The rate of health-service inflation means the NHS will suffer a real-terms cut of 5-6 per cent.

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