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Why a VAT cut would pay for itself
By George Eaton - 17 June 14:09

The Guardian is wrong to oppose Balls's call for a temporary VAT cut.

How not to interview the Dalai Lama
By Duncan Robinson - 17 June 11:51

Have you heard the one about the journalist who died on his backside when interviewing the Dalai Lam

Vancouver 'riot kiss' photo: details emerge
By Samira Shackle - 17 June 11:35

The image of a couple in a passionate clinch as a riot rages around them was not all it seems.

The coalition gears up for a fight on public sector pensions
By George Eaton - 17 June 10:21

Danny Alexander defends plans to make workers work longer and pay more.

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 17 June 8:52

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

Are these the 200 primary schools destined to become academies?
By Emanuelle Degli Esposti - 16 June 17:45

Michael Gove promises to turn worst-performing primary schools into academies.

Ed Miliband’s war on waste
By Matthew Sinclair - 16 June 17:34

How the Labour leader can make a convincing attack on wasteful public spending.

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 16 June 17:21

The five must-read blogs from today, including the Tory who wants to ban strikes.

Clegg the comedian
By George Eaton - 16 June 16:08

What's the difference between Ryan Giggs and Ed Miliband?

Fancy lunch with Julian Assange?
By George Eaton - 16 June 15:13

It will set you back £4,000.

Balls exploits the Tories' normality deficit
By Rafael Behr - 16 June 14:25

Calling for cheaper prices is an attempt to portray Cameron and Osborne as out of touch.

Faith should not dictate political affiliation
By Andrew Zak Williams - 16 June 12:35

When Rowan Williams and AC Grayling made headlines recently, one aspect of the God Debate was turned

In this week's New Statesman: Sunni vs Shia
By George Eaton - 16 June 12:22

Olivier Roy on Islam's power struggle | The Miliband soap opera by Mehdi Hasan | Will Self on Yo! Su

Cameron delays his privatisation plan again
By George Eaton - 16 June 10:23

Plans to open up all public services to private providers are put on hold.

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 16 June 8:51

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

Health reform u-turn prompts schools rethink
By Rick Muir - 15 June 18:55

Setting a minimum target, rather than relying on competition, shows a welcome shift in the coalition

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 15 June 17:03

The five must-read blogs from today, including the winners and losers from the NHS saga.

New Statesman cover | 20 June 2011
By Staff blogger - 15 June 16:55

A sneak preview of tomorrow's front cover.

Bahraini regime to sue the Independent for libel
By Samira Shackle - 15 June 16:43

The case goes against the principle that governments cannot sue for libel, and reveals an ambiguity

PMQs review: Miliband finds the urgency he needs
By George Eaton - 15 June 14:21

Labour leader highlights Cameron's plan to cut benefits for cancer patients.

Sri Lanka must not continue to ignore allegations of war crimes
By Samira Shackle - 15 June 12:47

Footage aired on Channel 4 appears to show evidence of sexual assault, shelling hospitals, and summa

How Labour got welfare wrong - and how it can put it right
By Jonathan Rutherford - 15 June 12:43

Labour opened the welfare system up to profiteering and unaccountable corporate power and confused t

Blair does Miliband no favours
By George Eaton - 15 June 10:19

Former prime minister backs the coalition's NHS and education reforms.

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 15 June 8:49

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

The new Egypt flexes its muscles
By Liam McLaughlin - 14 June 20:45

Early signs point to Egypt as a revived Arab force, albeit one divorced from the West.

Romney and Bachmann 2012?
By Duncan Robinson - 14 June 19:19

Romney wins the first debate, but Bachmann receives the biggest boost.

Obamacare, Romneycare and the race for President
By Elizabeth Bonner - 14 June 19:07

As approval of Obamacare and Romneycare falls, healthcare remains one of the most prominent issues o

Video: "I'm not having it!" doctor tells Cameron and Clegg
By Samira Shackle - 14 June 18:58

An outtake from Cameron, Clegg and Lansley's trip to Guy's Hospital today.

Is the NHS reform overhaul merely cosmetic?
By Samira Shackle - 14 June 18:05

The government has accepted "core" changes to its NHS reform -- but the coalition's NHS headache is

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 14 June 17:00

The five must-read blogs from today, including why the "big society" was invented by Chinese communi

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