In an increasingly atheistic and multi-faith society, a secular state, which protects all religions and privileges none, is a model to embrace.
Just 28 per cent of free schools have reached their capacity for first year intake.
Scottish First Minister says the ties between Scotland and England "are based instead on links of family and friendship that are facts of geography, not acts of parliament."
Social democrats must champion the interests of the newly insecure middle class if they are to govern again.
The past 20 years have seen the growth of a more deeply felt and prominent sense of English identity, going beyond a chauvinist form of nationhood.
Contrary to Yvette Cooper, the evidence suggests that the problem is less severe than commonly thought.
Cameron, Duncan Smith, Gove and Osborne are sincere in their desire for social emancipation. They must now find the words to express it.
But Ukip is betting on a late surge.
The Tories should start preparing for the possibility of a mayoral by-election next year.
With little chance of winning an overall majority, the Conservatives are focused on remaining the largest single party.
The party now favours strict limits on zero-hour contracts, the abolition of the bedroom tax and progressive taxation.
The party's new campaign is designed to win votes by whipping up animosity against foreigners living and working and contributing to this country.
The former PM retains a strong connection with the working class Scots who could determine the referendum result.
The man who masterminded Obama's two election victories embodies daring politics.
A few years ago Ukip was seen as the by-product of a Tory split. But now it appeals to disillusioned voters across the political spectrum and of all classes.
Former senior Obama adviser joins the party's general election team.
It is farcical that the employment regulations that MPs put into law are not accessible to their own staff.
There are not purely economic answers to the problems families face. Poverty and social disadvantage are linked to emotional health.
Better integration between health and social services, plus more funding for sight loss advisers, would not only result in better care for people with vision problems but ultimately save the NHS money, says Lesley-Anne Alexander.
The right want Ed Miliband to be more "pro-business". The left want him to abandon austerity. His challenge is to hold the centre.
Even younger SNP activists possess an evangelicalism that simply cannot be matched by Labour and the No camp.
Our man in Washington John Bew has coffee with the former US president – and they talk Thatcher, Iran’s Islamic Revolution and the persecution of women.
An unassuming figure little known in life but hailed after his death as “perhaps the most original political philosopher of this century”.
Peter Wilby’s First Thoughts.
Nearly half of Britons do not belong to a religion and just a third believe faith has a positive role to play in their lives.
The party attacked "privately educated" Times journalists. But its leader, treasurer, a third of its MEPs and all of its peers were similary well-schooled.
In response to NS story, spokesman for the former PM says "He is, and will remain, Member of Parliament for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath".
The response of some Labour MPs to Javid’s promotion was idiotic.