The glee with which the Conservatives have greeted the letter from 100 business chiefs risks reinforcing the impression of them as the political wing of the City of London.
As they attack Labour as anti-business, the Tories need to worry about looking anti-worker
By George Eaton - 01 April 12:45

The glee with which the Conservatives have greeted the letter from 100 business chiefs risks reinforcing the impression of them as the political wing of the City of London. 

The problems of England and its football team won't be solved by bashing migrants
By Matthew Parsfield - 01 April 11:49

Greg Dyke, David Cameron and Ed Milband are united in blaming migrants for our troubles. But stopping immigration will do nothing for the England football team - and even less for England.

It's competence, stupid: Labour should have done more with the Tories' mistakes
By Tim Bale - 01 April 11:01

Elections are as much about competence as conviction - Labour should have made more hay with the Coalition's many gaffes.

100 business chiefs back the Conservatives - it's more important than you think
By Stephen Bush - 01 April 7:52

The latest attack on Labour by business may be dismissed as "man bites dog", but it could do damage to the party, albeit indirectly.

In denying people a say on Europe, Labour disgraces its own history
By David Skelton - 31 March 17:29

Labour's refusal to even consider a referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union is a betrayal of its history and an embarrasment to its radical tradition.

Pollster Lord Ashcroft retires from the House of Lords to pursue his other interests
By Anoosh Chakelian - 31 March 16:42

The grand high Lord of polling will stop being a peer with immediate effect.

Ed Balls believes a tough message is essential but Chuka Umunna and Sadiq Khan are sceptical.
The shadow cabinet split over Labour's immigration mug reflects a deeper divide
By George Eaton - 31 March 16:16

Ed Balls believes a tough message is essential but Chuka Umunna and Sadiq Khan are warier. 

Ingestre Court, an occupied Soho building, hosted Left Unity's manifesto launch.
A manifesto launch with a difference: Left Unity attacks Labour from a Soho squat
By Anoosh Chakelian - 31 March 14:16

The new party of the left, Left Unity, launched its manifesto at a squat in Soho with a speech by Ken Loach condemning the main parties.

It's not just the state's job to tackle child abuse
By Javed Khan - 31 March 13:40

The spotlight is on local and national government after recent scandals - but the private sector must change its practices and be more aware to eradicate child abuse.

A security guard at the gates to Yarl’s Wood. Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images
Why are pregnant women being detained in Yarl’s Wood?
By Myriam Francois-Cerrah - 31 March 12:26

New evidence from the charity Medical Justice shows that some pregnant women in detention are receiving sub-standard medical care, putting the life of both mother and child at risk.

Why Labour is playing for a draw as far as business is concerned
By David Wheeler - 31 March 12:12

Labour's policies deserves a better relationship with business that it has. But its aggressive rhetoric has done it unnecessary harm.

It's not pretty, but there's only one way forward for Scottish Labour now
By Douglas Beattie - 31 March 10:28

Labour's best hope of turning the SNP tide is to focus on the Conservatives.

Are the middle classes doomed?
By Robert Corfe - 31 March 8:50

The personalisation of our modern struggle belies the revolutionary fervour envisaged by past socialist thinkers.

Social democracy in a digital era

The digital revolution presents an opportunity for the left.

Why Labour’s anti-immigration mugs are a boon to Ukip
By Tim Wigmore - 30 March 15:00

Not everyone is unhappy about Labour's anti-immigration mugs. Ukip are very, very happy.

Watson and Doctor Who team up in Labour's first party political broadcast
By Stephen Bush - 30 March 14:20

Martin Freeman, the star of The Hobbit and Sherlock, endorses Labour in the party's first party political broadcast.

The Labour leader fears that being explicit would reinforce his party's profligate reputation.
Why Miliband still won't make the case for "good borrowing"
By George Eaton - 30 March 13:49

The Labour leader fears that being explicit would reinforce his party's profligate reputation. 

Is Vince Cable trying to rule out Lib Dem/Tory negotiations in a leadership bid?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 30 March 12:51

The Business Secretary and veteran of the Lib Dem left is on manoeuvres.

Trans rights are an important part of the LGBT movement. Photo: Getty
The Trans Manifesto 2015: what do transgender people want from our politicians?
By Ashley Cowburn - 30 March 12:16

The Trans Manifesto, launched today by the LGBT Consortium, aims to draw attention to the areas where trans individuals face inequality.

How did Sinn Féin become contenders in the Irish election?
By Ciara Dunne - 30 March 11:15

Sinn Féin look likely to be in power in Northern Ireland and the Republic. How did it happen?

Why a Labour/Lib Dem coalition must still be an option – and Nick Clegg needn't be the price
By Richard Grayson - 30 March 10:34

There has been almost no talk recently of a Lib/Lab pact following a hung parliament. It's time to start the conversation.

Former Labour leadership challenger says bloc of 30-40 left-wing MPs would force party to end austerity if it won.
John McDonnell: Miliband will have to backtrack on spending cuts
By George Eaton - 30 March 8:53

Former Labour leadership challenger says bloc of 30-40 left-wing MPs would force party to end austerity if it won. 

Brokering democratic change: the possibilities of English devolution with a Scottish accent
By Ed Cox - 30 March 8:00

The regions of England and Wales should take a leaf out of the SNP's book.

Britain's wage crisis: what's the problem?
By Simon Wren-Lewis - 29 March 13:39

An essay by Simon Wren-Lewis, Professor of Economic Policy, Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University and a Fellow of Merton College, Oxford University, which appears in the latest collection from the Resolution Foundation.

Have Labour pulled ahead? It's complicated
By Stephen Bush - 29 March 11:32

The first post-debate poll has good news for Labour. But don't get too excited. 

Happy Mondays star Bez on the revolution, standing in Salford, and why he didn't join the Greens
By Ashley Cowburn - 29 March 9:29

The distinctive dancer and 2005 Celebrity Big Brother winner has joined the battle to become MP for Salford & Eccles. Does he have what it takes to become an MP?

Labour's anti-immigrant mug: the worst part is, it isn't a gaffe
By Stephen Bush - 28 March 18:03

The party is under fire for its latest round of mugs. But the problem is bigger than a bargain-basement bit of crockery.

Social democratic Scotland: a country that doesn't exist
By Tim Wigmore - 28 March 15:30

Attitudes north of the border are almost identical to attitudes in the rest of the UK

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