The bottom 10 per cent of households pay 47 per cent of their income in tax. But they would gain nothing from the parties' plans.
Politics without blind tribal dogma? I’ll drink to that.
Families who have lived their whole lives in central London are being forced out by a perfect storm of falling wages, rocketing house prices and government cuts.
The victims of alleged historic cases of child abuse are urging the Home Secretary to set up a whole new, more powerful, inquiry.
Hung parliament preparations.
Having addressed the deficit and immigration, the party plans to focus on its greatest strength.
There are 13 immigration detention centres in Britain but only the name of Yarl’s Wood really resonates – it’s where nearly 400 stateless, powerless women – the majority of whom say they are previous victims of sexual violence – are held.
It’s almost as if we are yearning for politicians of greater and diverse experience who know something of life beyond Westminster.
Plus: an unexpected gnome.
The Chief Constable of Durham, Mike Barton, breaks the taboo on drugs.
Yesterday’s Provisional Local Government Settlement contained the worrying news that dedicated funding for council-run emergency support schemes will cease.
Why the government's anti-corruption plan is a missed opportunity.
Everything went a bit hazy after that. It had got a bit hazy before, to be perfectly honest, because I had drunk about six bottles of wine and several shot glasses of slivovitz.
The party reaches the nadir prophesied by Chris Huhne in 2010.
"If you go for a Chinese, what do you call it?"
The government's local authority cuts will inhibit growth in the regions, rather than building a "northern powerhouse".
The "long campaign" begins today.
The Conservative peer and former education secretary writes about the party’s plans for schools.
The closure of the Northern Rock Foundation and creation of the Virgin Money Foundation is an example of where the state has had to step in where the Big Society has failed.
The final vote on Trident replacement is due in 2016: for a government committed to paying down the deficit, a decision not to spend over £100bn on nuclear weapons has got to be a runner.
A new poll shows a third of current Green supporters plan to vote for Miliband's party at the general election.
Peter Wilby’s First Thoughts.
The electorate is increasingly promiscuous; MPs have to do more to hold onto their jobs.
Ashcroft’s latest polls are discouraging for Labour.
Social ills that were thought to have been eradicated by modern capitalism are returning. But none of this is inevitable.
Business as unusual.
The red-blue duopoly that had held for decades fractured as insurgent tribes invaded the pitch.
By insisting that a surplus of £23bn is necessary to reduce the national debt, the Chancellor has exposed himself to the charge that he is an ideologue.
To blacklist or not to blacklist.
The impact of the bedroom tax and outstanding PIP claims not only affect disabled people financially, but can lead them to feeling excluded from the community.