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St Patrick's Day is the most Blue Labour of holidays
By Kevin Meagher - 18 March 15:40

The renaissance of St Patrick's Day offers reminders of the difficulties that the Irish have faced, and a lesson.

In this week’s magazine | British politics is broken
By New Statesman - 18 March 15:29

A first look at the issue.

The BBC National Orchestra Of Wales. Photo: BBC/Guy Levy
Budget 2015: Why George Osborne’s tax cut for orchestras is really unfair
By Caroline Crampton - 18 March 15:13

When is an orchestra not an orchestra? The way this policy defines it, northern brass bands and Scottish bagpipe groups will be excluded from the tax relief.

The Chancellor neutralised some of Labour's strongest attack lines - but there was no knock-out blow.
Budget 2015: Osborne didn't deliver the game-changer the Tories needed
By George Eaton - 18 March 15:02

The Chancellor neutralised some of Labour's strongest attack lines - but there was no knock-out blow. 

Budget 2015: Ed Miliband gives a solid response, but gloom won't overshadow the Tory sunshine
By Anoosh Chakelian - 18 March 14:26

The Labour leader has responded to the Chancellor’s final Budget this parliament.

Budget 2015: Government pension changes risk destroying the whole system
By Andrew Harrop - 18 March 14:26

Far from giving pensioners more freedom, changes to the pension scheme risk leaving the elderly with nothing.

Budget 2015: One small rabbit, but plenty of dead foxes
By Stephen Bush - 18 March 12:24

George Osborne has unveiled his final budget of the Parliament, and launched a new saving scheme for first time buyers.

Budget 2015: The time is ripe for the Living Wage
By David Skelton - 18 March 12:03

A growing economy means it's time for the wealth to be shared: time for a living wage.

The end of revenge evictions proves it: there's nothing more powerful than people
By Martha Mackenzie and Jack Madden - 18 March 11:29

The abolition of revenge evictions shows what people can do when they work together.

Budget 2015: What to expect from George Osborne's last budget of the coalition
By Ashley Cowburn - 18 March 11:15

George Osborne will say the UK faces a "critical choice" at the election when he delivers his Budget today – but what do we know so far?

Budget 2015: The great tax giveaway to the rich masquerading as help for the poor
By Tim Wigmore - 18 March 10:50

Raising the personal allowance does not help who it is supposed to.

David Cameron and George Osborne pose for a selfie with an apprentice on a recent visit to the Spooner engineering works in Ilkley. Photo: Phil Noble/WPA Pool/Getty Images
Further education is an easy target for cuts because the chattering classes don’t care
By Hugo Plowden - 18 March 10:18

The cuts mean that many colleges now depend on exploiting their hardworking staff in order to function.

The Greens welcome Jack Monroe and other new members for seeing through "phoney migration rhetoric"
By Jean Lambert - 18 March 10:10

The chef and campaigner who once appeared in a Labour campaign video has joined the Greens.

Labour have said they don't want my vote. So where am I supposed to go now?
By Rosie Fletcher - 18 March 8:58

Labour have swallowed the Conservatives' rhetoric about "us and them". But I'm one of "them", so where does that leave me?

Labour must use Nigel Farage's unpopularity to hurt David Cameron
By Ben Dilks - 17 March 18:51

Labour can turn the tables on the Conservatives - by using Ukip against them just as the Tories have used the SNP.

TV debates: Will Miliband and Cameron ever meet on screen?
By Stephen Bush - 17 March 17:23

A new proposal from Downing Street has thrown the debates into confusion.

Simon Danczuk MP laments government "reluctance" to handle historic child abuse allegations
By Ashley Cowburn - 17 March 16:35

Officers involved in the Eighties probe into Cyril Smith's alleged sex parties with teenage boys were ordered to hand over their evidence, including notebooks, according to BBC Newsnight.

A higher minimum wage for London is good for the capital - and the rest of the country, too
By Kitty Ussher - 17 March 15:56

A higher minimum wage for London is good for the city - but crucially, wouldn't hurt workers elsewhere either.

The Labour Party needs to stop obsessing about public spending and concentrate instead on overhauling the state
By Jeremy Cliffe and Roberto Unger - 17 March 14:05

Forget the argument over austerity. Reform of the state should be the central mission of the left.

Tristram Hunt criticises Tories over fresh claims that poorer students are more likely to fall behind
By Ashley Cowburn - 17 March 10:04

A new study from the Sutton Trust has found that poorer students are considerably less likely to study the A-levels that are required to help them into leading universities.

If the UK government doesn't protect exploited domestic workers, it is complicit in slavery
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 17 March 8:33

Is parliament dragging its heels on modern-day slavery because women's domestic "work" is still considered part of the natural order?

David Cameron does BuzzFeed: Five Things We Learned
By Stephen Bush - 17 March 7:09

Ned Stark and Christian Benteke are in. Gender equality and direct answers are out.

Unite's Karie Murphy is not on the shortlist to be Labour candidate in Halifax
By New Statesman - 16 March 17:10

The former candidate for Falkirk, who was reinstated after a vote-rigging scandal, is not included in the Halifax selection list.

The voters won't forget Cameron's record, no matter what's in the budget
By Beth Miller - 16 March 16:26

The Prime Minister's advisers think keeping him out of the spotlight keeps him fresh in the public mind. But people aren't stupid

An alliance with the DUP will be a harder bargain than either Labour or the Tories think
By Ciara Dunne - 16 March 15:30

The DUP may be a superficially attractive option for Labour or Conservative strategists looking to get legislation over the line - but they are far from an ideal partner.

Rejecting any arrangement with the SNP would make it far harder for the Labour leader to become prime minister in a hung parliament.
Why Miliband has ruled out a coalition with the SNP - but hasn't ruled out a pact
By George Eaton - 16 March 14:11

Rejecting any arrangement with the SNP would make it far harder for the Labour leader to become prime minister in a hung parliament. 

When will Labour stop appeasing, and start fighting, Ukip?
By Stephen Bush - 16 March 12:06

Nigel Farage's latest outburst is pretty noxious. But Labour's response is just embarrassing.

A more social democratic Britain can be achieved, and Scottish Labour's recovery set in train, if a deal is done between Labour and the SNP.
Neal Lawson: Why Labour must do a deal with the SNP
By Neal Lawson - 16 March 8:58

A more social democratic Britain can be achieved, and Scottish Labour's recovery set in train, if a deal is done between Labour and the SNP.

The Chancellor later tried to wriggle out of a one-to-one debate, saying that Danny Alexander should also be invited.
Balls ambushes Osborne with handshake on head-to-head TV debate
By George Eaton - 15 March 10:46

The Chancellor later tried to wriggle out of a one-to-one debate, saying that Danny Alexander should also be invited. 

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