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Lib Dem poll disaster
By Sholto Byrnes - 22 October 17:17

Don’t rub your hands with glee just yet.

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

The five must-read posts from today, on the unfairness of the cuts, and Cameron and Osborne’s rift.

Chagos: when Bancoult met Bellingham
By Sean Carey - 22 October 15:57

Leader of the Chagos Refugees Group in Mauritius meets Foreign Office minister for the overseas terr

What do last night’s by-elections mean for the Lib Dems?
By Rob Higson - 22 October 15:35

Scattered by-elections last night show voters appearing to coalesce along north-south lines.

Why the IFS and the coalition should learn to get along
By George Eaton - 22 October 14:30

How to resolve the unending progressive/regressive debate.

A bad night for Labour in Tower Hamlets
By George Eaton - 22 October 12:16

Labour badly beaten as Respect-backed Lutfur Rahman becomes first elected mayor.

Lib Dems hit new poll low of 10 per cent
By George Eaton - 22 October 10:17

Support for party plummets to lowest level in 13 years.

CommentPlus: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 22 October 8:58

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

IFS: tax and welfare measures are “regressive”
By George Eaton - 21 October 19:00

Osborne caught out on claim that combined tax and benefit changes are “progressive”.

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

The five must-read blogs from today, including the public reaction to cuts and Nick Robinson’s outbu

Funding the French fourth estate
By Rob Higson - 21 October 16:38

The French government is at the heart of a bold policy . . . to encourage media plurality across the

The politics behind Osborne’s Spending Review
By George Eaton - 21 October 15:37

The Chancellor’s benefit cuts are designed to clear the Labour-voting poor out of London.

This is unfair to the poorest teenagers in our country
By James Mills - 21 October 14:21

Axing the Education Maintenance Allowance will prevent thousands of young people from deprived backg

What political recession?
By Felicity Spector - 21 October 12:57

As the US midterm elections draw nearer, more money than ever is flooding into the critical battlegr

In this week’s New Statesman: What a carve up!
By George Eaton - 21 October 11:42

Robert Skidelsky: a warning from history | Bill Bryson interview | Berlusconi’s last stand.

CommentPlus: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 21 October 9:00

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

A U-turn on reversing the surveillance state
By Alex Deane - 20 October 18:17

By resurrecting the Intercept Modernisation Programme, the government breaks a clear and fundamental

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 20 October 18:03

The five must-read posts from today, helping you to decipher the Spending Review.

New Statesman cover | 25 October 2010
By George Eaton - 20 October 17:24

Sneak preview of this week’s front cover.

How the Spending Review hit the poorest hardest
By George Eaton - 20 October 15:54

The poorest 10 per cent suffered the greatest loss of income from the Chancellor’s decisions.

Saudi murder verdict
By Sholto Byrnes - 20 October 14:40

Justice has been done. But will it only strengthen the Wahhabists’ hand?

15 key US midterm races
By Rob Higson - 20 October 14:34

US voters go to the polls on 2 November. Here is our pick of 15 midterm races worth watching.

Spending Review – live blog
By New Statesman - 20 October 12:36

Minute-by-minute coverage as George Osborne announces the biggest spending cuts since the 1920s.

Investment in education is key to reducing the deficit
By Sally Hunt and Michael Burke - 20 October 12:30

Spending on higher education yields a long-term economic benefit for Britain.

Nick Clegg on the Lib Dem role in the Spending Review
By Caroline Crampton - 20 October 12:03

Emphasises role of Lib Dem ministers in Spending Review, but denies that cuts aim to create a smalle

For the right, the cuts aren’t big enough
By George Eaton - 20 October 10:31

Right-wingers complain that spending will continue to rise, but they are disguising the true picture

CommentPlus: pick of the papers
By Staff blogger - 20 October 9:00

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

Sweden isn’t all equal
By Claire French - 19 October 19:19

Even in one of the great egalitarian nations, inequality still exists.

How to cut the deficit
By Michael Meacher - 19 October 17:45

Tomorrow, we’ll be told there is no alternative. In fact, there exist several spending alternatives

Web Only: the best of the blogs
By Staff blogger - 19 October 16:59

The five must-read posts from today, including the child benefit error and Cameron’s Sharron Storer

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