The New Statesman’s rolling politics blog


Political parties woo parents' votes with childcare pledges – but it's not enough
By Caroline Davey - 05 September 12:15

Childcare proposals such as the Lib Dems' announcement this week are not close enough to a vision of free, universal childcare that parents need.

TTIP: the biggest threat to democracy you've never heard of
By Dan Holden - 05 September 11:19

A trade agreement between the EU and the US currently under secret negotiation will have a profound impact upon our democracy, but it’s been overshadowed by more typical eurosceptic coverage in the media.

Nato stands for bombed-out Afghan schools, not Obama grinning for photo-ops
By Kate Hudson - 05 September 9:02

Kate Hudson, general secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, explains why she has been protesting the arrival of the Nato Summit in Newport.

As we rely on Russia and the Middle East for energy, Nato must face the energy security challenge
By Neil Morisetti - 05 September 8:35

Currently, we depend on both Russia and the Middle East for much of our energy; the Nato summit's priority should be to tackle the energy security challenge.

British military involvement in Iraq could begin "within weeks"
By Anoosh Chakelian - 05 September 8:20

David Cameron hinted that the UK will soon join the US in air strikes on Islamic State.

£10 an hour: the Greens' new target for minimum wage
By Natalie Bennett - 05 September 7:13

For the Green party, asking nicely for employers to pay a living wage isn't enough.

Shadow London minister will not follow David Lammy in launching mayoral bid before the election.
London mayoral race: Sadiq Khan "to focus all his effort" on general election
By George Eaton - 04 September 18:01

Shadow London minister will not follow David Lammy in launching mayoral bid before the election. 

A teenage girl, who claims to be a victim of sexual abuse and alleged grooming, poses in Rotherham (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Nazir Afzal: Rotherham scandal is about male power, not ethnicity
By Fiona Rutherford - 04 September 16:46

Nazir Afzal, the CPS’s lead on child sexual abuse, suggests that the victims were targeted due to their vulnerability, and not because they were white.

David Cameron says he won't resign if Scotland votes for independence
By Anoosh Chakelian - 04 September 16:46

As polls narrow, and a Yes vote in the Scottish referendum becomes increasingly possible, the PM insists he won't resign if the Union breaks up.

What is the Lib Dem Disco?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 04 September 16:25

The Lib Dem Disco 2014 is the social highlight of the party's conference this October. But what is it?

David Lammy launches his mayoral bid: what does this mean for his rivals?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 04 September 12:32

Labour backbencher and Tottenham MP David Lammy is the first politician to declare his wish to be Labour's London mayoral candidate.

Labour underestimates Ukip in thinking purely about its electoral impact
By Sam Fowles - 04 September 9:30

Ukip could prove to be of merely short-term electoral advantage to Ed Miliband; Labour may be in power after 2015, but its principles will not.

Cameron and Obama pledge to “confront” Islamic State, ahead of Nato summit
By Anoosh Chakelian - 04 September 8:41

The Prime Minister and US President have vowed against isolationism in the face of Islamic militants and the situation in Ukraine; will Cameron finally clarify Britain's stance on air strikes against Islamic State?

How can we reinvigorate local papers to ensure scrutiny of failing public agencies?
By Kevin Meagher - 03 September 16:25

In light of the failing public agencies in cases such as Rotherham and Mid-Staffordshire hospital, we need a plan to enhance proper local scrutiny.

How Clacton could be a crucial watershed in the history of Ukip
By Matthew Goodwin - 03 September 15:11

What impact will the Clacton by-election and Douglas Carswell's defection have on the UK Independence Party?

In this week’s New Statesman | The Summer of Blood
By New Statesman - 03 September 14:11

A first look at this week’s magazine.

The Labour leader drove a wedge between Cameron and Clegg on civil liberties.
PMQs review: Miliband exploits the coalition divide on anti-terror powers
By George Eaton - 03 September 13:41

The Labour leader drove a wedge between Cameron and Clegg on civil liberties.

Arms sales can never be apolitical acts: the UK should not sell to Bahrain
By Andrew Smith - 03 September 12:26

There are few regimes as authoritarian as the one in Bahrain, and even fewer that enjoy such a level of support from the UK.

Boris Johnson owes Londoners an apology for wasting public money over airport folly
By Val Shawcross - 03 September 11:31

The Thames estuary airport idea has been rejected; the Mayor of London wasted £5.2m on lobbying for it.

The possibility of a Conservative victory in 2015 is one of the Yes campaign's biggest trump cards.
Why the Scottish Tory leader said it's unlikely the Conservatives will win the general election
By George Eaton - 03 September 10:40

The possibility of a Conservative victory in 2015 is one of the Yes campaign's biggest trump cards. 

David Cameron to chair emergency meeting on UK hostage death threat
By Anoosh Chakelian - 03 September 8:32

After a video apparently showing the beheading of another American journalist has been released, a Cobra meeting will be held to discuss the threat to a UK hostage.

Steven Sotloff, centre in black helmet, in Libya in 2011. Photo: Getty
American journalist Steven Sotloff "beheaded by Islamic state"
By Helen Lewis - 02 September 20:43

A video claiming to show the killing of another kidnapped American journalist, Steven Sotloff, has been released.

Scottish nationalism isn't about how bad Westminster is; it's about how good Holyrood is
By Gary Hayes - 02 September 16:45

The rest of the UK's reaction to Scottish nationalism is one that shows the independence debate is more tied to Holyrood's success than to how bad Westminster is.

The Yes campaign is winning the ground war in Scotland
By Harry Lambert - 02 September 13:24

The Yes campaign's efforts on the ground are helping it close the gap in the race for independence.

Scotland poll puts Yes vote nearly neck-and-neck with Union support
By Anoosh Chakelian - 02 September 12:28

A poll on Scottish independence for the Times has found the Union "on a knife edge" with the Yes campaign only three points away from victory.

“I'm the only Yes in the village”: speaking to swing voters and activists in the Scottish Borders
By Dominic Hinde - 02 September 11:36

Along the Anglo-Scottish border from Dumfries to Berwick, activists and swing voters give their opinions on the Scottish independence question.

Nick Clegg: “It’s not obvious” what the UK can do legally on new terror powers
By Anoosh Chakelian - 02 September 9:00

The Deputy Prime Minister admits that effectively stripping suspected terrorists of their UK citizenship is difficult in terms of Britain’s legal obligations.

Boris Island plans are rejected, but is this really a blow for the Mayor?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 02 September 8:08

A proposal to build a new airport in the Thames Estuary is to be rejected in an apparent blow to the Mayor of London. But could it help him?

Is a Commons vote a better way of taking Britain to war than the Royal Prerogative was?
By James Gray and Mark Lomas - 02 September 7:17

The most crucial of all decisions – to go to war – must not be left in the constitutional and procedural shadowy shambles it currently is.

Former Tory attorney general says plan to prevent British terror suspects from returning home would "offend basic principles of our own common law".
Dominic Grieve warns Cameron that anti-terrorism plan would breach UK law
By George Eaton - 01 September 17:07

Former Tory attorney general says proposal to prevent British terror suspects from returning home would "offend basic principles of our own common law".