The New Statesman’s rolling politics blog


Talking with terrorists is a dangerous business – but sometimes, it's the only way
By Richard Howitt - 09 April 15:38

In Colombia, the government and FARC are taking the first steps to a lasting peace.

The bus for Labour's women's campaign. Photo: Getty
“The only spinster in the House of Commons”: how women have fared in Parliament
By Mary Honeyball - 09 April 12:09

It took 80 years to get the level of female representation we have now. We must do better in the coming years.

Defence secretary Michael Fallon. Photo: Getty
Michael Fallon's attack backfires, leaving Miliband to emerge as the decent man
By George Eaton - 09 April 12:09

The Defence Secretary's "backstabbing" charge left the Tories looking cheap and Labour dignified. 

What would make young people get interested in politics?
By Rys Farthing and Alex Hudson - 09 April 9:53

Young people don’t join political parties because they offer real change. If they join at all, it’s because it’s a great joke to tell their friends.

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Harriet Harman: "You can't have social mobility if the rungs of the ladder are too wide"
By Stephen Bush - 09 April 8:41

The deputy Labour leader on feminism, Westminster and her party's chances in the general election.

4 things we learned from the Scottish debates (again)
By Stephen Bush - 08 April 22:22

The Greens have better weapons than Natalie Bennett, Nicola Sturgeon is caught between two stools, and Labour doesn't understand the SNP's world.

The Culture Debate in progress. Photo: @BBCArts
Four things we learned from the culture debate
By Caroline Crampton - 08 April 21:34

Everyone agrees about everything. Almost.

David Cameron. Photo: Getty
Why are the Tories making so many mistakes?
By Tessa Jowell - 08 April 16:22

The Conservative campaign has been error-prone and incoherent. But it's not a problem of tactics or personnel - they make the wrong choices because they have the wrong values.

Sadiq Khan. Photo: Getty
On the road with Sadiq Khan
By Stephen Bush - 08 April 14:24

Stephen Bush joins Sadiq Khan on the London Labour battle bus.

The debate. Photo: Getty
The New Statesman Podcast | Episode Eighty-Six
By New Statesman - 08 April 14:12

Seven-ways and non-doms.

David Cameron. Photo: Getty
The Tories' decision to oppose Labour's non-dom move is a serious error
By George Eaton - 08 April 12:58

By resisting this progressive policy, the Conservatives risk confirming their reputation as the political wing of the City of London. 

Ed Miliband. Photo: Getty
The left must think big to win
By David Clark and Paul Hackett - 08 April 12:44

Whatever happens in May, the only way forward for the centre-left is to raises it sights.

Nigel Farage. Photo: Getty
We can't just give Nigel Farage the silent treatment
By Will Heilpern - 08 April 9:46

Nigel Farage's attacks on the vulnerable - the unemployed, immigrants, and in this case, people with AIDS and HIV musn't go unchallenged.

Labour leader vows to end system under which wealthy individuals avoid paying tax on their overseas earnings.
Miliband pledges to abolish non-dom tax status
By George Eaton - 07 April 22:45

Labour leader vows to end system under which wealthy individuals avoid paying tax on their overseas earnings. 

4 things we learned from the Scottish TV debates
By Stephen Bush - 07 April 22:03

Nicola Sturgeon isn't half as impressive when someone gets up in her grill, and Labour must thank their lucky stars that Ruth Davidson isn't moving south any time soon.

Bring back grammar schools? Great news - for the rich
By Sam Bright - 07 April 17:00

Beneath the populist chatter, Ukip's preferred policy - grammar schools - would do nothing for the poor.

There is an acute tension in Scottish politics. Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
Scotland and the clash of two nationalisms
By Gerry Hassan - 07 April 15:10

The election debate is being defined by the claim and counter-claim of two nationalisms – one Scottish and out, and one British and in denial.

The Tories and UKIP are preparing to work together
By Alan Johnson - 07 April 13:30

The Conservatives are getting ready for another coalition - this time with Ukip.

The former PM, who once said he didn't mind how much David Beckham earned, says he agrees "completely" with the Labour leader on the subject.
Blair's surprising agreement with Miliband on inequality
By George Eaton - 07 April 12:10

The former PM, who once said he didn't mind how much David Beckham earned, says he agrees "completely" with the Labour leader on the subject. 

No really, the SNP are going to win at least 50 of Scotland’s 59 seats
By Harry Lambert - 07 April 11:58

The swing in Labour’s heartlands is even greater than the swing implied by national polls.

5 things that we know for certain about the next election
By Steve van Riel - 07 April 8:00

The outcome of the election is uncertain. But there are some things that will definitely happen afterwards, regardless of the result.

Nicola Sturgeon with deputy first minister John Swinney. Photo: Getty
Leak inquiry ordered over memo that claimed Nicola Sturgeon wants David Cameron to remain prime minister
By Helen Lewis - 04 April 18:14

The cabinet secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood, has confirmed that an official inquiry will take place.

Vote SNP, get Tory? Does a leaked memo reveal a secret Nationalist plot to install the Tories
By Stephen Bush - 04 April 11:28

A leaked memorandum has the SNP furiously denying the conversation ever took place and Scottish Labour elated. But if you think about it, it's likely that Nicola Sturgeon's words were neither as revelatory or as indiscreet as you might think.

The cost of a Conservative chancellor: Labour unveil new poster
By Stephen Bush - 03 April 23:00

Ahead of the new financial year, Ed Balls will unveil a new poster attacking the cost of the Conservative government.

Whoever wins, Britain will only thrive if we all come together
By Chuka Umunna - 03 April 14:54

Labour's shadow business secretary reflects on the first week of the campaign. 

How Labour must wish that Nicola Sturgeon were their leader
By Jason Cowley - 03 April 11:25

Last night’s debate made for good television but told us little we didn’t know and changed nothing. And so the jamboree goes on. 

Who won the seven-way debates? I watched with my girlfriend to find out
By Alan Martin - 03 April 10:41

Alan Martin's girlfriend didn't watch the 2010 debates and isn't interested in politics - so what did she make of the debates?

Miliband again impressed - but the limits of the format left him unable to land the knock-out blow against the PM he craved.
TV debate verdict: Cameron gets the murky result he wanted
By George Eaton - 02 April 23:15

Miliband again impressed - but the limits of the format left him unable to land the knock-out blow against the PM he craved. 

7 things we learned from the seven-way TV election debate
By Stephen Bush - 02 April 22:20

Ed Miliband erred in taking part in the challengers' debate, Nigel Farage is a one-trick pony, Nicola Sturgeon is a classy operator - and Leanne Wood isn't.