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The mollified middle: how social security is fooling the voting class
By Daniel Edmiston - 18 November 12:20

Amid rising structural inequality, average earners are treading water. Regressive austerity politics has lulled the middle classes into a state of passive forbearance.

Will Labour or the Tories benefit most from the Lib Dem collapse?
By Harry Lambert - 18 November 12:07

The Tories are in a better position on paper, but Ashcroft’s polls show the swing to Labour is far greater.

Myleene Klass tells Ed Miliband: "You can't just point at things and tax them"
By Anoosh Chakelian - 18 November 9:10

The former popstar Myleene Klass took the Labour leader to task on his tax proposals on ITV's The Agenda, telling him: "You can't just point at things and tax them" and that £2m - the mansion tax threshold - would only buy a "garage". 

Emmanuel Macron warns that leaving the European Union would reduce Britain to the status of "Jersey or Guernsey".
French economy minister: The UK can't succeed outside the EU
By George Eaton - 18 November 0:53

Emmanuel Macron warns that leaving the European Union would reduce Britain to the status of "Jersey or Guernsey". 

Will Alex Salmond return to Westminster? He would relish such a homecoming
By Douglas Beattie - 17 November 15:37

The natural next step for Scotland's outgoing First Minister would be a return to Westminster.

"They want to make this about us, it's all about them," says an aide ahead of Thursday's by-election.
How Labour plans to counter the Tories' Rochester spin
By George Eaton - 17 November 14:29

The party is determined not to allow the Conservatives to make Labour failure the story of Thursday's by-election. 

The game is up for the Blairites: it's time to abandon the old faith
By Kevin Meagher - 17 November 12:25

Even if Ed Miliband fails, there will be no Blairite restoration; it's time the old guard disbanded and reinvented itself.

How does Tony Benn's son reclaiming his father's rejected peerage affect modern politics?
By Richard Carr - 17 November 11:48

Stephen Benn is perfectly entitled to take advantage of the present constitutional lay of the land, but Ed Miliband is right to kickstart a new debate on changing it.

Creativity is the key to education, so why aren't we pursuing it?
By Dan Holden - 17 November 11:09

With an innovation problem in the UK’s economy, many children being disengaged with education and a desire for user-led services, now is the time to aggressively support creativity in schools. 

David Cameron's warning of another global recession could help the Tories
By Anoosh Chakelian - 17 November 8:32

The Prime Minister cautions that we are on the brink of another global economic meltdown, but this could be politically expedient for his party.

Two years since the first PCC elections, how are the first batch shaping up?
What's the point of Police and Crime Commissioners?
By Tim Wigmore - 16 November 17:23

Two years since the first PCC elections, how are the first batch shaping up?

New party leader says Miliband would have to "rethink" Trident renewal and austerity as she positions herself to Salmond's left.
Nicola Sturgeon sets out her conditions for an SNP deal with Labour
By George Eaton - 15 November 19:41

New party leader says Miliband would have to "rethink" Trident renewal and austerity as she positions herself to Salmond's left.

The US "pickup artist" has crossed a line by promoting violence against women.
Why Julien Blanc should not be let into the UK
By Seema Malhotra - 15 November 13:57

The US "pickup artist" has crossed a line by promoting violence against women. 

On this week’s New Statesman podcast: Episode Sixty-Eight
By New Statesman - 14 November 12:48

Miliband's next move, the Goldsmiths Prize and landing on a comet.

“Labour is in a tough fight”: five lessons from Ed Miliband’s speech
By Anoosh Chakelian - 13 November 14:10

The Labour leader made a speech to party activists and journalists today in an attempt to draw a line under his party’s crisis. What did he tell us?

Are demographics against Ukip and anti-immigration feeling? Photo: Getty
Has anti-immigration feeling peaked?
By Tim Wigmore - 13 November 13:04

Many voters the main parties have lost to Ukip are now gone for good.

What Ed Miliband must achieve in his fight-back today
By Anoosh Chakelian - 13 November 9:22

This morning, the Labour leader will deliver a speech to "relaunch" his leadership after a precarious few weeks. What does he need to do?

Natalie Bennett: Ukip voters are "simply lashing out" like "a small child" (Video)
By May2015 - 12 November 15:25

Ukip voters are lashing out, Miliband has no conviction, Cameron has only done one thing well… May2015 talks to the Green Party leader.

Nigel Farage: I’d do a deal with Labour
By New Statesman - 12 November 15:00

In this week’s cover story, New Statesman editor Jason Cowley interviews Nigel Farage, the leader of Ukip, who reveals that he is prepared to do a deal with any party – even Labour.

In this week’s New Statesman | The Arsonist
By New Statesman - 12 November 14:38

A first look at this week’s magazine.

Labour must be clearer about how devolution can improve people's lives
By Jim McMahon - 12 November 11:49

Labour should use the devolution debate as an opportunity to resurrect hope across the country by pushing power away from Westminster – and communicating why this approach will help people.

Politicisation of the European Arrest Warrant is dangerous and unnecessary
By Valsamis Mitsilegas - 12 November 11:25

We need clarity on the European Arrest Warrant so that this logical and useful legal instrument does not fall victim to an emotive political bun fight.

Cameron welcomes EU court "benefit tourism" ruling, but what exactly are migrants entitled to here?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 12 November 8:40

The European Court of Justice allows EU states to restrict benefits to out-of-work EU migrants, but welfare is already tight for all immigrants here.

It’s time for the truth: it’s time to publish the Chilcot Inquiry
By Ibrahim Taguri - 12 November 7:00

In May, David Cameron said he hoped the Chilcot Inquiry would by unveiled by the end of the year. There are 50 days left of 2014, and Britain still hasn't had the answers it deserves.

Time to muzzle neoliberal rhetoric and find a new language to promote immigration
By Sam Bennett - 11 November 16:32

The left is straitjacketed by merely using economic arguments about net contribution to make the positive case for immigration.

Stuck or just passing through: how can policy-makers improve social mobility?
By Gavin Kelly - 11 November 15:43

Conventional wisdom holds that any delving into how employers utilise their workforce and pay their staff is off-limits, but ensuring pay progression could help improve social mobility in this country.

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