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The Pope of the poor and the Seven Deadly Sins of banking practice
By Molly Scott Cato - 02 December 16:45

Whether you choose the religious terminology of sin or the secular language of social harm, it is clear that banks have not been helping the poor but have focused on the wealthy few.

No spanking or bondage: why the government’s new porn laws are arbitrary and sexist
By Lauren Razavi - 02 December 13:23

The Audiovisual Media Services Regulations 2014 impose restrictions on the content of pornography made and sold within the UK with a perplexing ignorance.

The Treasury's flood defence plan leaves Britain dangerously exposed to climate change
By Guy Shrubsole - 02 December 12:40

New government plans for funding flood defences won't protect us.

"It's sad they've sunk to such depths": Tories use Ukip candidate's Turkish name on a leaflet
By Anoosh Chakelian - 02 December 12:19

The Conservatives in Thurrock have been accused of "cheap" tactics by putting Ukip candidate Tim Aker's little-used full Turkish name on a campaign leaflet.

Autumn Statement: the prospect for children’s benefits looks no brighter
By Lindsay Judge - 02 December 11:55

Since 2012, we haven’t seen a solitary reference to child poverty in any budget or Autumn Statement, and poverty rates are rising.

The Autumn Statement is George Osborne's last chance to help the "go-getters" on the high street
By Bill Grimsey - 02 December 9:55

Taking a million small businesses out of paying business rates altogether would send out a powerful message. 

Government and banks must tackle the overlooked financial element of domestic abuse
By Imogen Parker - 02 December 9:46

Time for government, banks and creditors to break the silence.

Labour accuses George Osborne of "spin" over NHS spending
By Anoosh Chakelian - 02 December 8:14

The shadow health secretary Andy Burnham accuses the Chancellor of "recycling" funds for health spending.

The coalition is handling the economy well if you ask the rich – and badly if you ask the poor
By Harry Lambert - 01 December 18:29

We look at how specific voters have reacted to the coalition's economic policies since 2010.

Sabotaging judicial review is one of this government's most vicious acts
By Andy Slaughter and Jeremy Beecham - 01 December 17:29

Removing the right for the individual to seek legal remedy for unlawful behaviour of the state – one of the coalition’s worst moments?

His role in saving the Union, his decisive action during the financial crisis and his championing of the NHS mark Brown out as a political colossus of a kind we never see again.
Gordon Brown leaves British politics with a legacy few can rival
By George Eaton - 01 December 17:13

His role in saving the Union, his decisive action during the financial crisis and his championing of the NHS mark Brown out as a political colossus of a kind we will rarely see again. 

Ashcroft corrects his Doncaster North poll: Miliband ahead by 29
By May2015 - 01 December 16:56

A weighting error has disproven last week’s headlines – but what happened?

Ed Miliband's seat looks far safer than we thought, after a polling correction
By Anoosh Chakelian - 01 December 15:47

It's far more likely the Labour leader will keep his constituency, Doncaster North, than was suggested last week.

Young people have turned on Nick Clegg. Photo: Flickr/Jason
Why young people could be even easier to ignore at the next election
By Tim Wigmore - 01 December 14:24

The political generation gap could widen as a new voter registration system could stop students voting.

Gordon Brown is to confirm he is standing down at the next election
By Anoosh Chakelian - 01 December 12:54

The former Prime Minister will confirm later today that he will not be running as an MP again.

World Aids Day: why the global diplomatic response to HIV/Aids needs remobilising
By Gareth Thomas - 01 December 11:41

The prevalence of HIV/Aids in Swaziland shows we must redouble international efforts to tackle the epidemic.

Ed Miliband: the government's economic failure has cost every taxpayer £4,000
By Anoosh Chakelian - 01 December 9:48

The Labour leader today will announce new figures condemning the coalition's failure to tackle the cost-of-living crisis.

More borrowing and a stubborn deficit: what will we hear in the Autumn Statement?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 01 December 8:42

George Osborne will deliver his Autumn Statement on Wednesday. What will it contain?

The Chancellor says he has "no plans" to increase the tax: the same phrase he used before the 2010 increase.
Osborne refuses to rule out raising VAT after promising £2bn for NHS
By George Eaton - 30 November 10:44

The Chancellor says he"doesn't have any plans" to increase the tax: the same phrase he used before the 2010 increase. 

How does concern about immigration differ by age, class, party and gender?
By Harry Lambert - 29 November 16:35

Britain is divided, between the young and the old, middle and working class, left and right, and even men and women.

The Chancellor has shifted his focus from an absolute surplus to a current surplus.
How Osborne watered down his deficit reduction vote
By George Eaton - 28 November 16:52

The Chancellor has shifted his focus from an absolute surplus to a current surplus. 

We should welcome devolution to Scotland, but let’s not leave London behind
By David Lammy - 28 November 15:55

Radical devolution means new powers for cities, regions and local communities around the country.

A new politics? How the old political consensus is melting away
By Paul Hilder - 28 November 15:24

Over the coming months and years, this new politics will shake the British establishment to its foundations. It has many faces but a common origin: the growing consensus that the status quo is broken.

Conservatives are pushing for stronger laws to face the threat from Islamic State
By Grant Shapps - 28 November 14:38

How the Communications Data Bill is intended to tackle Islamic State.

Why cracking down on "benefits tourism" won't get David Cameron very far
By Anoosh Chakelian - 28 November 12:34

Central to the Prime Minister's plan to "toughen" his stance on immigration is to curb welfare to migrants. But "benefits tourism" is a myth.

By avoiding impossible demands on immigration, the PM put keeping Britain in the EU ahead of appeasing the Tory right.
Cameron's speech was a reaffirmation of faith in EU membership
By George Eaton - 28 November 12:14

By avoiding impossible demands on immigration, the PM put keeping Britain in the EU ahead of appeasing the Tory right. 

Will the next UN Secretary General be a woman?
By David Clark - 28 November 11:18

Buggin's turn principle.

What are EU migrants entitled to in terms of benefits and housing, and when?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 28 November 9:35

David Cameron wants to delay benefits to EU migrants for four years, Labour for two years. What are they currently entitled to, when, and how much do they claim?

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