The New Statesman’s rolling politics blog


Say hello to the Tories' secret weapon: Alex Salmond
By Stephen Bush - 09 March 9:27

The SNP has already ended Labour's hopes of a majority. The Conservatives believe it can do even more damage to them than that.

Nation-states aren't households: debating their economies as if they are is stupid
By Eliane Glaser - 09 March 8:30

Our economic debate is conducted in terms of household budgets - a handbag economy. But the economy isn't a handbag, and this "debate" closes down real alternatives to the neoliberal consensus. 

The shadow chancellor will unveil a full analysis of how the Tories' plans would hit public services.
Balls launches new assault on Osborne's "extreme" cuts
By George Eaton - 09 March 0:00

The shadow chancellor will unveil a full analysis of how the Tories' plans would hit public services. 

"I am in my 20s, and I am already getting tired": a woman blogs on her experience in the workplace
By Anon - 08 March 11:54

A woman blogs anonymously on her experiences in the work place for International Women's Day.

Voting in El Salvador. (Photo: Getty)
Women are at risk of falling off the electoral register - and out of the political debate
By Abena Oppong-Asare - 08 March 7:53

Turnout was lower among women than men at the last election, and the problem could get worse.

Leslee Udwin, the documentary-maker whose film, India's Daughter, has been censored on the sub-continent. (Photo:Getty)
The attitudes expressed towards women in India's Daughter are chilling. But they're also universal
By Emily Dyer - 08 March 7:50

India's Daughter has exposed that country's rape culture. But don't imagine that these attitudes aren't found around the world. 

Labour pledges law to ensure debates happen at every election
By Stephen Bush - 07 March 23:15

Labour are trying to keep the debates in people's minds - but if they're not careful, they run the risk of making fools themselves

Barbara Castle with Harold Wilson at a Labour party conference. Photo: The Huddersfield Daily Examiner
We need a new Equal Pay Act
By Emily Thornberry - 07 March 20:00

It has been 45 years since Barbara Castle’s Equal Pay Act - and we still don't have equal pay. So what would an updated act need to cover? Emily Thornberry explains.

An IWD protest in Brazil. Photo: Getty
On International Women's Day, let's ask men why progress towards equality is so slow
By Stella Creasy - 07 March 16:02

Men need to do more than ask for gratitude for being an ‘ally’ or say they think equality is a ‘good thing’ in principle. They need to feel real anger - and help make a change.


Ed Miliband confirms he will attend the leaders' debates
By Stephen Bush - 07 March 15:31

Ed Miliband has given David Cameron both barrels as he aims to keep the pressure on the Prime Minister.

Believe the hype: Nick Clegg could lose his seat
By LouieWoodall - 06 March 17:55

Speaking in Sutton before the 2010 general election, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, said to an audience of young voters: “The opportunity is immense this time. The cross you put on the ballot paper might be small, but the opportunity is big.”

The broadcasters hold firm on the TV election debates, leaving David Cameron facing an empty chair
By Stephen Bush - 06 March 17:34

The broadcasters are refusing to accede to the prime minister's proposals.

Western weakness and indecision has fanned the flames in Ukraine
By David Clark - 06 March 15:31

The West's politicians have emboldened Vladimir Putin with their mistakes and indecision. They need to send a signal he can't ignore.

The NHS is under threat - from the Conservatives, and Ukip
By Jon Trickett - 06 March 12:48

The NHS is Labour's finest achievement. But it's under threat from five more years of the Conservatives

Labour believe that Ed Miliband will confound expectations in the debates. Photo: Getty
Labour hit Cameron on debates - but the status quo favours Miliband
By Stephen Bush - 06 March 10:04

Labour have released a video attacking David Cameron for ducking out of the debates. But it may well be Ed Miliband who has the most to gain if they don't take place. 

"You can't be a little bit equal" - Tessa Jowell calls for boardroom quotas
By Tessa Jowell - 06 March 9:01

Germany will require women to make up 30 per cent of members of large boards by 2020. We must do the same here.

Today, Natalie Bennett must deliver the speech of her life
By Adam Ramsay - 06 March 8:43

At Green Party conference, Natalie Bennett must give the speech that takes her party to the next level

The rise of the SNP is a phenomenon without precedent – new predictions are guesswork
By May2015 - 05 March 18:25

Like the US housing crisis, the rise of the SNP is an ‘out-of-sample’ event. It’s unclear how forecasters should react.

This government has done nothing to stop a rising tide of a racial hatred
By Yasmin Qureshi - 05 March 18:13

Islamophobia and anti-Semitism are on the rise. The next government will face a terrible inheritance

The New Statesman Podcast | Episode Eighty
By New Statesman - 05 March 17:35

The origins of man.

Forget leaving - Britain does best at the heart of Europe
By Tim Farron - 05 March 16:24

Victory at the European Court of Justice shows Britain's interests are best served fighting its corner in Europe, not sulking on the sidelines

I'm sorry Tristram Hunt, but careers education won't make girls more ambitious
By June Eric-Udorie - 05 March 14:42

Tristram Hunt's plans for careers education for girls won't make us more ambitious - and I should know.

There's no productivity puzzle: it's the consequence of austerity
By Geoff Tily - 05 March 10:09

Britain's low productivity has become the fashionable malaise as far as our commentators are concerned. But the real problem is austerity. 

The prime minister's proposals will wreck any chance of debates
By Stephen Bush - 05 March 9:15

David Cameron's "final offer" will achieve what he wants, and kill off the televised debates. That's bad news for Ed Miliband and the voters - and the Prime Minister might just regret it.

New figures show that women labourers make up the majority of zero hour contracts in the UK. Photo: Getty
Why women are the worst affected by zero hours contracts
By Katrine Marçal - 05 March 8:36

Zero hours contracts are widely used in the care sector, where women make up the majority of the workforce.

The former PM confirms last year's New Statesman story by giving £1,000 to each of the party's 106 target seat candidates.
Blair makes his big donation to Labour
By George Eaton - 04 March 23:15

The former PM confirms last year's New Statesman story by giving £1,000 to each of the party's 106 target seat candidates.

New Ashcroft polls: Labour to be wiped out in Scotland and lose Gordon Brown’s seat
By May2015 - 04 March 20:58

The SNP lead are set to win more than 50 of Scotland’s 59 seats, including Charles Kennedy’s and possibly even Jim Murphy’s.

‘Experts’ don’t think SNP will fade, but inexplicably predict they will only win 29 seats
By Harry Lambert - 04 March 16:29

More than 500 pundits, mostly academics, have offered their election predictions. Their forecasts don’t quite add up.

Natalie Bennett: I’m a rum and raisin candidate and my favourite biscuit is a macaroon
By Ashley Cowburn - 04 March 16:27

Participating in a live webchat on the popular forum, Mumsnet, the leader of the Green party conceded that her favourite biscuits are macaroons, as she can't eat gluten. 

Plebgate: Andrew Mitchell agrees to pay £80,000 in damages to PC Toby Rowland
By Stephen Bush - 04 March 15:47

Andrew Mitchell's two-year legal battle has ended in the Sutton Coldfield MP paying £80,000 in damages.