The New Statesman’s rolling politics blog


Scotland and Trident: two words Ed Miliband can’t afford to ignore
By Kate Hudson - 04 December 14:20

Unless Ed Miliband changes course on Trident replacement, Labour risks losing not only the general election, but losing its Scottish heartland for good.

New Statesman appoints Stephen Bush as Staggers editor
By New Statesman - 04 December 12:46

The NS has hired Stephen Bush, of the Telegraph, to edit its online politics coverage.

Tory MP Mark Pritchard has been arrested on suspicion of rape
By Anoosh Chakelian - 04 December 12:01

The Conservative MP Mark Pritchard has been arrested following an allegation of rape.

Autumn Statement 2014 fallout: 60 per cent of cuts still to come
By Anoosh Chakelian - 04 December 8:33

The main lesson to take from George Osborne's pre-budget announcements this week is that the worst of austerity is yet to come.

Video: Police appear to assault students at peaceful protest
By Harry Lambert - 03 December 21:29

A small "free education" sit-in was disrupted this afternoon by police, who used force to disperse the group and arrested three students. 

Plan to fund extra £2bn a year through future underspends means spending promise is "a con", says shadow chancellor.
Balls uncovers black hole in Osborne's NHS spending plan
By George Eaton - 03 December 18:17

Plan to fund extra £2bn a year through future underspends means spending promise is "a con", says shadow chancellor. 

Sweden: An anti-immigration party has brought down the centre-left government
By Harry Lambert - 03 December 17:19

Could Labour also fail to pass a budget next year, and trigger a second election?

The Chancellor framed himself as a man who would take from the wealthy and give to the NHS.
Osborne's Autumn Statement: a ruthless attempt to shoot Labour's foxes
By George Eaton - 03 December 15:20

The Chancellor framed himself as a man who would take from the wealthy and give to the NHS. 

Forget our politicians' fixation: growth, not the deficit, is what really matters
By Peter Kenway - 03 December 15:12

The Autumn Statement performances today shows our political leaders on both sides should stop fixating reducing the deficit to zero.

Planned spending cuts go far beyond what is needed to end borrowing
By Nida Broughton - 03 December 14:59

The big news is what George Osborne didn’t mention.

Autumn Statement 2014: stamp duty overhaul and taxing multinationals
By Anoosh Chakelian - 03 December 13:27

The Chancellor delivered his Autumn Statement to parliament today. What did he announce?

In this week’s New Statesman | Deep trouble
By New Statesman - 03 December 13:20

A first look at this week’s magazine.

Peer and shadow foreign office minister expected to replace Emily Thornberry.
Labour reshuffle: Lord Bach expected to be named shadow attorney general
By George Eaton - 03 December 11:33

Peer and shadow foreign office minister set to replace Emily Thornberry. 

A Tory MP's view that we shouldn't rule out NHS cuts reveals the party's ideological split
By Anoosh Chakelian - 03 December 9:24

A respected thinker of the new Tory right-wing vanguard, Kwasi Kwarteng MP, has been secretly recorded suggesting the NHS budget shouldn't be protected.

Good cop, bad cop, steady cop? What to expect from the Autumn Statement
By Anoosh Chakelian - 03 December 8:32

The Chancellor will make his last Autumn Statement before the general election. What will it include?

Garden cities are a distraction – but the government's plan to build homes isn't
By Jonn Elledge - 02 December 16:57

The government has named Bicester in Oxfordshire as its second garden city, but to solve the housing crisis, we’d need to build six or seven of them every year.

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?