A secular state, which protects all religions and privileges none, is a model to embrace.
Clegg calls for the disestablishment of the Church of England - and he's right
By George Eaton - 24 April 10:54

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.
The myth of Gove's "popular" free schools
By George Eaton - 24 April 8:10

Just 28 per cent of free schools have reached their capacity for first year intake.

Why Scottish independence will benefit England.
Alex Salmond's St George's Day speech: full text
By Alex Salmond - 23 April 18:30

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.
How the left can win in the 5-75-20 society
By Patrick Diamond - 23 April 17:07

Social democrats must champion the interests of the newly insecure middle class if they are to govern again. 

Cross faces: children with St George's flag painted faces at the England-Belgium friendly match, 2012. Photo: Getty
St George’s Day is no time to ignore how people feel about being English
By Michael Kenny - 23 April 16:33

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.
Is illegal immigration really "getting worse"?
By Jonathan Portes - 23 April 16:13

Contrary to Yvette Cooper, the evidence suggests that the problem is less severe than commonly thought.

Cameron and his allies are sincere in their desire for social emancipation.
The Tories are taking the morality war to the enemy
By Bruce Anderson - 23 April 12:20

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.
Labour retains stubborn lead in European elections
By George Eaton - 23 April 10:31

But Ukip is betting on a late surge.

The Tories should start to consider the possibility of a mayoral by-election next year.
Would Boris resign as mayor in order to become Conservative leader?
By George Eaton - 23 April 8:32

The Tories should start preparing for the possibility of a mayoral by-election next year. 

The party is focusing on remaining the largest in a hung parliament.
The Tories are planning a defensive election strategy - and that's bad news for Labour
By George Eaton - 22 April 16:28

With little chance of winning an overall majority, the Conservatives are focused on remaining the largest single party. 

Farage is courting the working class with a new populist programme.
How Ukip is turning left on the economy
By George Eaton - 22 April 11:37

The party now favours strict limits on zero-hour contracts, the abolition of the bedroom tax and progressive taxation. 

Why I say Ukip posters are racist
By Mike Gapes - 22 April 9:02

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.
Gordon Brown is a potent weapon for the Scottish No campaign
By George Eaton - 22 April 8:19

The former PM retains a strong connection with the working class Scots who could determine the referendum result. 

Axelrod's appointment shows Labour is planning a radical campaign
By Marcus Roberts - 18 April 9:07

The man who masterminded Obama's two election victories embodies daring politics.

Seeing red: the flag of St George has become more than just the mark of football supporters. Photo: Magnum Photos
Welcome to Militant England
By Rafael Behr - 18 April 9:00

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.
Labour hires David Axelrod as senior strategic adviser
By George Eaton - 17 April 22:31

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.
How to end the bullying and harassment of MPs’ staff
By Lucille Harvey - 17 April 16:11

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.
Labour needs to use family policy to support and strengthen relationships
By Susanna Abse - 17 April 15:01

There are not purely economic answers to the problems families face. Poverty and social disadvantage are linked to emotional health.

The right want Ed Miliband to be more "pro-business". The left want him to abandon austerity.
Labour's left and right are growing restive
By George Eaton - 17 April 11:49

The right want Ed Miliband to be more "pro-business". The left want him to abandon austerity. His challenge is to hold the centre. 

Edinburgh tattoo: a pro-independence rally, September 2013. Photo: Getty
The polls are narrowing, the nationalists are on the march and Scotland is divided
By Kevin McKenna - 17 April 10:00

Even younger SNP activists possess an evangelicalism that simply cannot be matched by Labour and the No camp.

James the evangelist: Jimmy Carter at home in Plains, Georgia
Jimmy Carter: “William Hague is a hero of mine”
By John Bew - 17 April 10:00

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.

This modest man: Oakeshott, pictured at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, 1933. Photo: Getty
Michael Oakeshott, conservative thinker who went beyond politics
By Jesse Norman - 17 April 10:00

An unassuming figure little known in life but hailed after his death as “perhaps the most original political philosopher of this century”.

Nearly half of Britons do not belong to a religion.
Cameron does God, but does Britain want him to?
By George Eaton - 17 April 8:36

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's hypocrisy on privilege.
UKIP's own privately educated clique
By George Eaton - 16 April 16:18

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. 

Spokesman for the former PM rejects NS story.
Gordon Brown has "no plans" to stand down as an MP
By George Eaton - 16 April 13:47

In response to NS story, spokesman for the former PM says "He is, and will remain, Member of Parliament for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath". 

Sajid Javid arriving at No 10 after being appointed as Culture Secretary. Photo: Getty
Sajid Javid and the left, the “extermination” of grammar schools and Pamuk in Oxford
By Jason Cowley - 16 April 13:00

The response of some Labour MPs to Javid’s promotion was idiotic.

The coming of Nigel: Farage arrives for a Ukip public meeting in Basingstoke. Photo: Getty
Leader: the SNP, Ukip and our disunited kingdom
By New Statesman - 16 April 13:00

Seventeen years after the coming of New Labour, Britain’s two unions have never seemed less secure.

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