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Resits undermine A-level standards
By Anastasia de Waal - 19 August 13:49

Allowing students to resit examinations favours more affluent students and turns grades into questio

Lib Dem rebels circle Philip Green
By George Eaton - 19 August 13:13

Latest coalition appointment under fire over tax avoidance.

Telling students to “aim lower” is not the way
By Sally Hunt - 19 August 12:12

Thousands will miss out on a place at university this year, but perversely there will still be empty

In this week’s New Statesman: Pakistan special
By George Eaton - 19 August 11:10

William Dalrymple: The military and the mullahs | Ed Miliband interview | John Pilger: Why we must d

The gender pay gap will not close for 57 years
By Samira Shackle - 19 August 11:07

New research suggests it will take two generations for women to achieve pay parity with men.

Daily Telegraph keeps its side of A-level bargain
By Jon Bernstein - 19 August 10:31

Envelope? Check. Blonde student? Check.

CommentPlus: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 19 August 9:00

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

The modest Miliband
By Sholto Byrnes - 18 August 18:01

He doesn’t even mind being called the wrong name.

MediaWatch
By New Statesman - 18 August 17:09

Rumours of a paywall at the News of the World, ITV Player comes to the PlayStation and the BBC launc

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 18 August 17:00

The five must-read blogs from today, on arms sales, income inequality and George Osborne.

The coalition’s next 100 days
By George Eaton - 18 August 14:19

Some key dates for your political diary.

The Pope will meet Cameron, Clegg and Harman
By Caroline Crampton - 18 August 13:46

Full details of the Pope’s itinerary have been released, and he’ll be meeting the party leaders.

Is this the most honest political poster ever?
By Jon Bernstein - 18 August 13:25

“I’ll do my best but I can’t promise anything.”

Murdoch donates $1m to Republicans
By Caroline Crampton - 18 August 12:25

He supported Obama in 2008, but now the media tycoon has made one of the Republicans’ biggest privat

Labour and the Tories neck and neck on 37%
By George Eaton - 18 August 9:46

Labour draws level with the Conservatives for the first time since October 2007.

CommentPlus: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 18 August 8:44

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

Palestinian gunman breaks into Turkish embassy
By Staff blogger - 17 August 18:34

Gunman breaks into Turkish embassy in Tel Aviv, takes two hostages and threatens to “kill Jews”, say

MediaWatch
By Staff blogger - 17 August 17:37

WikiLeaks to publish final documents, Greg Dyke turns down an offer of a job at Channel 5, and propo

So just how is the Times paywall faring?
By Caroline Crampton - 17 August 17:31

As well as losing half its online readers, new data hints that subscribers aren’t spending much time

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 17 August 16:54

The five must-read blogs from today, on Ukip, Iraq and an errant BBC weatherman.

Why McNally may be wrong on privacy law
By David Allen Green - 17 August 16:53

Tom McNally calls for yet more legislation on privacy law, but this could be last thing that privacy

Is the coalition planning to cut winter fuel payments?
By George Eaton - 17 August 14:02

Iain Duncan Smith reportedly pushing for fuel payments to over-sixties to be cut.

Osborne is still in denial
By George Eaton - 17 August 11:23

The Chancellor still won’t accept that his plans are regressive, not progressive.

100 Days of David Cameron in tweets
By Jon Bernstein - 17 August 10:42

The people over at Tweetminster have been analysing all the activity on Twitter related

Lord Pearson resigns from Ukip leadership
By Samira Shackle - 17 August 9:47

The peer says he is “not much good” at party politics, as Nigel Farage refuses to rule out running a

CommentPlus: the pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 17 August 9:00

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

MediaWatch
By Staff blogger - 16 August 18:42

BT and Virgin Media both make moves for Premier League fans and Murdoch continues search for newspap

A chance missed or an opportunity to gain?
By Eddie Bone - 16 August 17:40

On the question of an English parliament, Labour has a critical choice to make.

The Blair rich project: let the cynical backlash begin
By Caroline Crampton - 16 August 17:34

Not everyone is convinced Tony Blair’s motives in donating the profits from his book are altruistic.

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 16 August 16:51

The five must-read posts from today, on tuition fees and Vince Cable as London mayor.

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