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How much social unrest will the UK suffer?
By George Eaton - 16 November 14:00

Britain's limited welfare state means that austerity measures will be harder to implement.

David Cameron U-turns on personal photographers
By Samira Shackle - 16 November 11:29

"Vanity" appointments will no longer be paid with public money, following outcry.

Which vested interests are meeting with ministers?
By Samira Shackle - 16 November 11:06

A new website collates information on meetings held between MPs and lobbyists.

Is the tide beginning to turn against the coalition?
By George Eaton - 16 November 10:37

Labour ahead in two consecutive polls for the first time since 2007.

Iranian state TV broadcasts "confession" by woman sentenced to stoning
By Samira Shackle - 16 November 10:08

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, her son, laywer, and two foreign journalists confess to "lies".

CommentPlus: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 16 November 8:00

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

Saving nature or saving money?
By Oliver Willmott - 15 November 18:14

The government avoids more questions than it answers on England's woodlands.

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

The five must-read blogs from today on the Downing Street machine, Gerry Adams and happiness.

The Irish verdict George Osborne would like to forget
By Duncan Robinson - 15 November 15:47

The case of Ireland is a cautionary tale, not an instruction manual.

Miliband stands firm on the 50p tax -- or does he?
By George Eaton - 15 November 15:02

Labour leader committed to 50p tax rate "for the foreseeable future".

How Republican control could be entrenched for years
By Felicity Spector - 15 November 14:29

A Democratic "annihilation bordering on political genocide".

The flaws of the NUS's "right to recall" campaign
By George Eaton - 15 November 12:27

The right to recall will not apply to those MPs who break election promises.

The coalition's boundary changes threaten electoral reform
By George Eaton - 15 November 9:26

The boundary changes and the AV referendum should be split into two separate bills.

CommentPlus: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 15 November 7:46

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

UK: why stay?
By Sholto Byrnes - 14 November 9:23

Ireland’s youth are fleeing economic meltdown – could Britain be next?

CommentPlus: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 14 November 9:00

The ten must-read pieces from the Sunday papers.

Twitter revolts!
By Duncan Robinson - 12 November 17:59

"I am Spartacus" trends as Twitter responds in solidarity to Paul Chambers losing his appeal.

Land, language and Lieberman
By Jon Bernstein - 12 November 17:32

On Israel’s identity crisis.

The age of cheap oil is over
By Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed - 12 November 15:37

There is no time for denial. Governments and communities need to start adapting now.

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 12 November 15:11

The five must-read blogs from today on Phil Woolas, welfare reform and tuition fees.

The Labour right strikes back
By Mehdi Hasan - 12 November 14:52

Me versus Tom Harris on Phil Woolas.

Ed Miliband offered Purnell chief of staff post
By George Eaton - 12 November 14:18

Miliband shows his desire to reach out to his brother's supporters.

How Obama stole Christmas
By George Eaton - 12 November 12:48

A new Tea Party book takes aim at the "Liberal Claus".

A Margaret Thatcher reading list
By Jon Bernstein - 12 November 12:43

Ten to get you in the mood.

Woolas's options limited but support remains
By Rob Higson - 12 November 11:40

Some Labour members in Oldham have criticised the treatment of Woolas.

Aung San Suu Kyi set for release
By Duncan Robinson - 12 November 11:00

Reports from Burma claim that the pro-democracy leader could be freed as early as Sunday.

Will the coalition's pledge to "protect" the NHS backfire?
By George Eaton - 12 November 9:44

NHS staff attack "urban myth" that the health service is protected as job cuts loom.

CommentPlus: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 12 November 8:00

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

Winning over the reluctant
By Duncan Robinson - 11 November 16:36

The NUS's march made a lot of noise, but was it listened to?

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 11 November 16:00

The five must-read posts from today, including welfare reform and yesterday’s student riot.

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