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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.

In this week’s New Statesman: the new Middle East
By George Eaton - 10 February 11:22

John Pilger and Olivier Roy on Egypt’s revolt | Stanley Johnson: save our forests | Sadiq Khan on cl

Lib Dem council chiefs speak out against cuts
By Samira Shackle - 10 February 9:17

88 council chiefs rail against the scale and pace of cuts, as evidence builds that the vulnerable wi

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 10 February 7:53

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

Cameron’s sleight of hand on Sure Start
By George Eaton - 09 February 18:02

The PM misled the Commons when he said Sure Start was not being cut.

New Statesman cover | 14 February 2011
By Staff blogger - 09 February 16:18

A sneak preview of this week’s front cover.

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 09 February 16:00

The five must-read blogs from today, on Sure Start, electoral reform and Project Merlin.

BBC bans the term “reform” when discussing AV
By Susannah Butter - 09 February 14:48

The term is “too positive” to be used when referring to the AV vote – but not when describing Camero

PMQs review: on-form Miliband gets the better of Cameron
By George Eaton - 09 February 13:31

The “son of Brown” enjoys a joke at his old boss’s expense.

Ken Clarke admits: we will give prisoners the vote
By George Eaton - 09 February 11:30

The admirably honest Justice Secretary breaks with the Downing Street line.

Are the police afraid of Twitter?
By Samira Shackle - 09 February 9:34

Report highlights changing nature of protest – both from the left and the far right.

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 09 February 7:56

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

Revealed: City donations to the Tories double under Cameron
By George Eaton - 08 February 22:00

More than 50 per cent of all Conservative funding came from the financial sector last year.

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 08 February 16:00

The five must-read blogs from today, on the “big society”, Treasury questions and climate change.

Osborne lands some low blows against Balls
By George Eaton - 08 February 15:37

The Chancellor’s attempt to mock Balls’s stammer was a crude joke.

Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher
By Duncan Robinson - 08 February 15:14

The actress will play the former prime minister in the forthcoming biopic <em>The Iron Lady</em>.

Don’t bring God into politics, Mr President
By Sholto Byrnes - 08 February 14:36

Jacob Zuma is an embarrassment to his country – and to all who fought apartheid.

Osborne’s bank levy is still a damp squib
By George Eaton - 08 February 10:54

The Chancellor hasn’t lived up to his tough rhetoric in opposition.

Which way will Labour turn on prisoner voting rights?
By Samira Shackle - 08 February 9:24

The party is set to meet later today to decide a position on the controversial issue.

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 08 February 7:51

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

Labour has a case to answer on the Lockerbie bomber
By George Eaton - 07 February 18:23

We were not told that the government did “all it could” to facilitate al-Megrahi’s release.

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 07 February 16:00

The five must-read blogs from today, on expensive cuts, the “big society” and the forest sale.

The unfinished revolution
By Michael Meacher - 07 February 13:12

The steady decline in the status of parliament must be reversed.

Why Mubarak shouldn’t stay until September
By Osama Diab - 07 February 12:08

If Mubarak’s security apparatus tightens its grip on power, Egypt will turn into a North Korean-styl

Sure Start will be “decimated” by cuts, warns Field
By George Eaton - 07 February 11:06

Frank Field says that Cameron needs to act now to prevent dramatic cuts to Sure Start.

Big society being “destroyed” by cuts, warns volunteering chief
By Samira Shackle - 07 February 8:41

Dame Elisabeth Hoodless warns that “massive cuts” are removing opportunities to volunteer.

Morning Call: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 07 February 7:54

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

In defence of David Cameron’s speech on multiculturalism
By Maajid Nawaz - 06 February 11:46

Yesterday’s voices are increasingly becoming boring, and I for one am glad that the ground is shifti

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