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The hidden cost of NHS reform
By John Whitting QC - 23 June 9:38

These commercially-driven changes to our health system will be the worst of all worlds.

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 23 June 9:00

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

Labour should get behind Balls's VAT cut
By George Eaton - 22 June 19:26

The party must not miss a chance to redefine the economic debate.

Penal policy takes a regressive turn
By Ian Loader - 22 June 18:54

Politics 1, Coherent policy 0

Vote on Facebook for the next president of Egypt
By Emanuelle Degli Esposti - 22 June 17:32

The Egyptian military is using the social networking site to poll voters

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 22 June 17:00

The five must-read blogs from today, including why Labour should oppose the Greek bailout.

Confusion grows over the purpose of the coalition
By Rafael Behr - 22 June 15:59

Coalition 2.0, an attempt to thrash out a joint agenda for the second half of parliament, has been w

PMQs review: Miliband trips Cameron up again
By George Eaton - 22 June 14:19

The Labour leader's new strategy is serving him well.

Why Ken Clarke's Justice Bill is fatally flawed
By Linda Lee - 22 June 14:00

Yesterday's bill will increase crime, cost taxpayers more and block access to civil justice.

A U-turn on "U-turn"
By Duncan Robinson - 22 June 13:36

The Foreign Office's own website accidentally labels World Service move a "massive U-turn".

Pakistan's tweeters take on the state
By Catriona Luke - 22 June 12:31

"Just spoke with ████ from the ISI. He tells me that ███&#

Cameron's hypocrisy on BBC cuts
By George Eaton - 22 June 11:48

BBC cuts are "delicious" for Cameron, except when they're in his constituency.

Prison sentencing u-turn: what the papers say
By Samira Shackle - 22 June 10:14

A round-up of reaction to the scrapping of Ken Clarke's plans to reduce prison sentences.

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 22 June 8:55

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

The great Egyptian divide: bikinis or beards
By Emanuelle Degli Esposti - 21 June 17:46

Islamists and secularists vie for public opinion in the run up to September's elections.

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 21 June 17:00

The five must-read blogs from today, including what Greece can learn from Argentina.

How to build the good society
By Robin Wilson and Jon Bloomfield - 21 June 15:25

A "good society" can only be achieved if there is an acceptance of the need to tame capitalism.

A worrying poll for Ken
By George Eaton - 21 June 13:45

Boris leads Ken by 48 per cent to 41 per cent in latest mayoral election poll.

Mandelson's third way on tuition fees
By George Eaton - 21 June 12:36

Mandelson says that Labour would have increased fees but would "never have trebled" them.

Are all these u-turns damaging David Cameron?
By Samira Shackle - 21 June 9:30

Today's polls show that the PM's personal approval ratings are dropping, and voters no longer see hi

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 21 June 8:56

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

Cameron: we'd be tougher without the Lib Dems
By George Eaton - 20 June 18:03

Cameron says the Tories would be tougher on immigration and welfare if they weren't in coalition.

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 20 June 17:00

The five must-read blogs from today, including why Obama has got the Kremlin's vote for 2012.

The long-term problem for "generation rent"
By Vidhya Alakeson - 20 June 16:42

We need to stop relying on home-ownership as the only way to build wealth if we're to have an adequa

What geeks can learn from gays
By Mark Stevenson - 20 June 16:03

It's time for scientists to come out - and make a stand against woo-woo and waffle.

Assad wants to sound like he is listening -- but is he?
By Samira Shackle - 20 June 13:23

In his third speech since protests began, the Syrian president failed to offer a scheduled programme

Boris undermines Osborne's austerity argument
By George Eaton - 20 June 12:26

Mayor of London points out that "Greek austerity measures are making the economy worse".

Chris Huhne attacks "right wing ideologues" over green laws
By Samira Shackle - 20 June 10:06

The Energy Secretary's comments are part of the Liberal Democrat strategy to speak out more frequent

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 20 June 8:54

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

The passing of Brian Haw
By Jon Bernstein - 19 June 13:46

For nearly ten years he was a Westminster fixture.

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