The New Statesman’s rolling politics blog


In denying people a say on Europe, Labour disgraces its own history
By David Skelton - 31 March 17:29

Labour's refusal to even consider a referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union is a betrayal of its history and an embarrasment to its radical tradition.

Pollster Lord Ashcroft retires from the House of Lords to pursue his other interests
By Anoosh Chakelian - 31 March 16:42

The grand high Lord of polling will stop being a peer with immediate effect.

Ed Balls believes a tough message is essential but Chuka Umunna and Sadiq Khan are sceptical.
The shadow cabinet split over Labour's immigration mug reflects a deeper divide
By George Eaton - 31 March 16:16

Ed Balls believes a tough message is essential but Chuka Umunna and Sadiq Khan are warier. 

Ingestre Court, an occupied Soho building, hosted Left Unity's manifesto launch.
A manifesto launch with a difference: Left Unity attacks Labour from a Soho squat
By Anoosh Chakelian - 31 March 14:16

The new party of the left, Left Unity, launched its manifesto at a squat in Soho with a speech by Ken Loach condemning the main parties.

It's not just the state's job to tackle child abuse
By Javed Khan - 31 March 13:40

The spotlight is on local and national government after recent scandals - but the private sector must change its practices and be more aware to eradicate child abuse.

Why Labour is playing for a draw as far as business is concerned
By David Wheeler - 31 March 12:12

Labour's policies deserves a better relationship with business that it has. But its aggressive rhetoric has done it unnecessary harm.

It's not pretty, but there's only one way forward for Scottish Labour now
By Douglas Beattie - 31 March 10:28

Labour's best hope of turning the SNP tide is to focus on the Conservatives.

Are the middle classes doomed?
By Robert Corfe - 31 March 8:50

The personalisation of our modern struggle belies the revolutionary fervour envisaged by past socialist thinkers.

The winners of Labour's new policy are not disadvantaged students  Photo: Dan Kitwood
Labour's fees cut blasted by former access chief and Labour supporter
By Tim Wigmore - 31 March 8:11

Martin Harris, former head of the Office of Fair Access and a Labour supporter, attacks the party's fees policy.

Social democracy in a digital era

The digital revolution presents an opportunity for the left.

Why Labour’s anti-immigration mugs are a boon to Ukip
By Tim Wigmore - 30 March 15:00

Not everyone is unhappy about Labour's anti-immigration mugs. Ukip are very, very happy.

Watson and Doctor Who team up in Labour's first party political broadcast
By Stephen Bush - 30 March 14:20

Martin Freeman, the star of The Hobbit and Sherlock, endorses Labour in the party's first party political broadcast.

The Labour leader fears that being explicit would reinforce his party's profligate reputation.
Why Miliband still won't make the case for "good borrowing"
By George Eaton - 30 March 13:49

The Labour leader fears that being explicit would reinforce his party's profligate reputation. 

Is Vince Cable trying to rule out Lib Dem/Tory negotiations in a leadership bid?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 30 March 12:51

The Business Secretary and veteran of the Lib Dem left is on manoeuvres.

The New Statesman Podcast | Episode Eighty-Four
By New Statesman - 30 March 12:48

John Gray on Ed Miliband.

Trans rights are an important part of the LGBT movement. Photo: Getty
The Trans Manifesto 2015: what do transgender people want from our politicians?
By Ashley Cowburn - 30 March 12:16

The Trans Manifesto, launched today by the LGBT Consortium, aims to draw attention to the areas where trans individuals face inequality.

How did Sinn Féin become contenders in the Irish election?
By Ciara Dunne - 30 March 11:15

Sinn Féin look likely to be in power in Northern Ireland and the Republic. How did it happen?

Why a Labour/Lib Dem coalition must still be an option – and Nick Clegg needn't be the price
By Richard Grayson - 30 March 10:34

There has been almost no talk recently of a Lib/Lab pact following a hung parliament. It's time to start the conversation.

Former Labour leadership challenger says bloc of 30-40 left-wing MPs would force party to end austerity if it won.
John McDonnell: Miliband will have to backtrack on spending cuts
By George Eaton - 30 March 8:53

Former Labour leadership challenger says bloc of 30-40 left-wing MPs would force party to end austerity if it won. 

Brokering democratic change: the possibilities of English devolution with a Scottish accent
By Ed Cox - 30 March 8:00

The regions of England and Wales should take a leaf out of the SNP's book.

Britain's wage crisis: what's the problem?
By Simon Wren-Lewis - 29 March 13:39

An essay by Simon Wren-Lewis, Professor of Economic Policy, Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University and a Fellow of Merton College, Oxford University, which appears in the latest collection from the Resolution Foundation.

Have Labour pulled ahead? It's complicated
By Stephen Bush - 29 March 11:32

The first post-debate poll has good news for Labour. But don't get too excited. 

Happy Mondays star Bez on the revolution, standing in Salford, and why he didn't join the Greens
By Ashley Cowburn - 29 March 9:29

The distinctive dancer and 2005 Celebrity Big Brother winner has joined the battle to become MP for Salford & Eccles. Does he have what it takes to become an MP?

Labour's anti-immigrant mug: the worst part is, it isn't a gaffe
By Stephen Bush - 28 March 18:03

The party is under fire for its latest round of mugs. But the problem is bigger than a bargain-basement bit of crockery.

Social democratic Scotland: a country that doesn't exist
By Tim Wigmore - 28 March 15:30

Attitudes north of the border are almost identical to attitudes in the rest of the UK

What we learned from David Cameron's profile in the Times
By Stephen Bush - 28 March 13:00

5 things we learned from the Prime Minister's sit-down with the Times

What's wrong with Britain's railways?
By Lilian Greenwood - 27 March 17:49

The coalition government have no plan for Britain's railways - the only way to change their future is to change the government.

It's time for women to take a lead in British politics
By June Eric-Udorie - 27 March 15:55

Women! British politics needs us.

Labour's electoral nightmare: The Tories threaten its dominance of the ethnic minority vote
By Tim Wigmore - 27 March 14:44

There could be more ethnic minority MPs from the Conservatives than Labour