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“Apes that eat figs”, “Hitler’s deeds”, “Tongue rippling”, “Polycarb’nate roof”: the pick of politicians' poetry
By Anoosh Chakelian - 02 October 9:35

Politicians, both here and across the pond, have written a surprising amount of poetry over the years. Here are some of the best (or worst) bits.

Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement is a challenge to all of Asia's autocrats
By David Clark - 02 October 9:14

These protests have the capacity to alter the political trajectory not just of China, but of the Asia-Pacific region as a whole.

Nick Griffin is expelled from the BNP
By Anoosh Chakelian - 02 October 8:48

The former leader of the British National Party has been expelled from the party.

How much will Cameron’s tax changes cost?
By May2015 - 01 October 14:37

Cameron’s plan to raise the tax-free allowance would have cost £12bn if introduced this year. The lower figures being quoted assume a delay until 2020.

A policy rich and politically artful speech invited voters to take another look at the man they could soon evict.
Cameron's best performance yet gives the Tories the hope they need
By George Eaton - 01 October 14:05

A policy rich and politically artful speech invited voters to take another look at the man they could soon evict. 

David Cameron’s policy blitz: here’s what he announced
By Anoosh Chakelian - 01 October 13:18

The Prime Minister gave a speech to Conservative party conference packed with policy announcements.

Why Cameron is ring-fencing the NHS
By May2015 - 01 October 11:07

There are two areas of spending – health and education – that the public prioritise above all others.

Ukip's second front against Labour could see the People's Army split
By Owen Bennett - 01 October 9:26

Ukip spreading itself too thinly for the Labour vote could result in damaging splits in the People's Army.

As Osborne ducks the issue of low pay, Labour can create a new dividing line
By Cameron Tait - 30 September 17:22

Ed Miliband has set himself an ambitious target to change the shape of the economy by 2025; he can create a new dividing line with the Tories on improving living standards for millions of low-paid workers.

Minority retort: the Tories are looking to a future without the Lib Dems
By Anoosh Chakelian - 30 September 16:08

Some Conservatives are nervous about what their party will look like beyond coalition with the Lib Dems. Both their and voters' views jar with the PM's insistence that he doesn't want another coalition.

Devolution: we must go beyond an English Parliament to the cities, towns and regions
By David Lammy - 30 September 14:46

Power must be devolved not just to the UK’s nations but to its cities, towns and regions.

Alain de Botton: “If our leaders get a little more imaginative they are shot from every angle”
By Harry Lambert - 30 September 13:32

The author and philosopher on the limits of the media, encouraging politicians, and which countries the next government should emulate. 

Why isn’t counter-radicalisation working?
By John Denham - 30 September 12:13

When counter-radicalisation is failing it is time to return to evidence based policy not dig deeper into political prejudices.

Universal Credit boss quits as IDS ramps up the programme’s delivery
By Anoosh Chakelian - 30 September 12:02

While Iain Duncan Smith puts on a positive front for party conference, the saga of DWP’s welfare reforms continues.

Iain Duncan Smith says benefit claimants need pre-paid cards to ensure they don’t spend money on “self-destructive habits”. Photo: Getty
Pre-paid benefits cards fuel booze-and-fags stereotype
By David Hulme - 30 September 10:53

Benefits claimants do not spend all their money on booze and fags if they are left to their own devices. Suggesting that they do is to adhere to a stereotype that isn’t supported by evidence.

"I have a double battle on my hands": watch David Cameron's Newsnight interview
By Anoosh Chakelian - 30 September 9:03

The Prime Minister attempted to assert his "modern compassionate Conservative" credentials on Newsnight last night.

The new Education Secretary should end the use of unqualified teachers and match Labour's pledge to teach English and maths till 18.
The tests Nicky Morgan must pass if the Tories are to change on education
By Tristram Hunt - 30 September 2:35

The new Education Secretary should end the use of unqualified teachers and match Labour's pledge to teach English and maths till 18.

Boris Johnson: vacuum cleaner abuse, Emperor Augustus, and loyalty
By Anoosh Chakelian - 29 September 19:49

The Mayor of London gave a markedly loyal speech today, among the usual characteristic flourishes. Is defence against Ukip uniting the Tories?

Defection reflections: how Ukip hijacked Tory party conference
By Anoosh Chakelian - 29 September 17:59

Mark Reckless defecting from the Conservatives to Ukip means rumours of further converts are defining this year’s party conference.

Tories and Labour are stuck in a crisis over Englishness
By Anoosh Chakelian - 29 September 14:32

A Conservative party conference fringe event revealed both the Tories’ and Labour’s problem with defining Englishness.

The planned £3bn cut in benefits is designed to force Labour to say which taxes it would raise or which cuts it would make.
Osborne sets a new welfare trap for Labour with unprecedented squeeze on the poor
By George Eaton - 29 September 14:26

The planned £3bn cut in benefits is designed to force Labour to say which taxes it would raise or which cuts it would make. 

There's no point in the Tories yearning for their missed majority in 2010
By Richard Morris - 29 September 11:55

"Look at what you would've won" is a fruitless strategy for the Tories at their conference; the Lib Dems' plummet in popularity is still a worthwhile price to pay for what the coalition has achieved.

The Yes campaign are continuing the fight Photo: Scottish Political Archive
Conspiracy and paranoia reign in the grassroots Scottish independence movement
By Tim Wigmore - 29 September 11:17

At a Yes rally following the Scottish independence referendum result, talk of conspiracy was ubiquitous. 

George Osborne needs wage growth not spending cuts
By Nida Broughton - 29 September 10:02

Tax revenues flowing into the Treasury would make a big difference to the amount of spending cuts needed.

George Osborne: the EU referendum would be a free vote for Tory backbenchers
By Anoosh Chakelian - 29 September 9:06

The Chancellor says that a vote on Britain's EU membership would be unwhipped for Conservative backbench MPs.

PM's attack on "complete shower of an opposition" recalls Blair's final speech as Labour leader.
Cameron echoes Blair: If we can't beat this opposition "we don't deserve to be in politics"
By George Eaton - 29 September 1:23

PM's attack on "complete shower of an opposition" recalls Blair's final speech as Labour leader.

Tory leadership "concerned" Chris Kelly MP will be next to defect
By Anoosh Chakelian - 28 September 19:36

Conservative HQ is very concerned about Ukip "piling on the pressure" for another Tory MP to defect.

Which Tory MP will defect to Ukip next?
By Kevin Meagher - 28 September 18:49

Gordon Henderson MP once said the politician he most admires is Nigel Farage; there are many signs that point to him being the next defector.

William Hague: don't say "you have to be privileged" to be a top Conservative
By Anoosh Chakelian - 28 September 17:05

The former Tory party leader, who is standing down in 2015, gave some advice to his party in his last conference speech.

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