Why politicians should stop dismissing the importance of ideology
By Eliane Glaser - 19 August 9:03

We need ideas and idealism as well as processes and action; our problem is not too much politics, but not enough.

Imagining the “family test” in action since the coalition came in
By Anoosh Chakelian - 19 August 8:43

How David Cameron's "family test" would have worked if it had been brought in from 2010.

Harriet Harman at Wimbledon this summer. Photo: Getty
The problem with Harriet Harman’s proposed gambling tax
By Martin Cloake - 18 August 15:30

Labour think the levy can be used to fund elite sports development as well as grass-roots sports. So, they must be hoping for a lot of gambling in order to generate the sums needed.

"No one is in control": Watch Stella Creasy MP's Twitter Talk
By Anoosh Chakelian - 18 August 14:49

The Labour MP for Walthamstow Stella Creasy gave a speech at Twitter HQ about why we should be impatient to take control of our world.

A citizen's income of £71 a week per person would make Britain fairer
By Lauren Razavi - 18 August 13:04

With the potential to appease both the left and the right of the political spectrum, the citizen’s income concept could well mark the road to a fairer, more equal welfare system in Britain.

One month to go: what voting No in the Scottish referendum can offer Labour voters
By Douglas Alexander - 18 August 12:21

With one month of campaigning left until the Scottish independence referendum, why would Scotland remaining in the Union benefit Labour supporters?

Why does the PM now want to apply a "family test" to every future domestic policy?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 18 August 9:21

The Prime Minister will make a speech today saying all domestic policies should be examined for their “impact on the family”.

Defence Secretary: the UK military could be involved in Iraq “for months”
By Anoosh Chakelian - 18 August 8:22

The Defence Secretary Michael Fallon says that Britain’s role in Iraq has extended beyond humanitarian assistance.

Leader of the Scottish Greens: "You don’t need to like Alex Salmond to vote Yes"
By Anoosh Chakelian - 15 August 15:36

The co-convenor of the Scottish Greens, Patrick Harvie, on why his party supports Scottish independence, and how it's not all about the SNP.

Rather than choosing a former Ukip leader as their candidate in South Thanet, the party should have selected a liberal figure capable of winning tactical votes.
Why the Tories have picked the wrong man to take on Farage
By George Eaton - 15 August 13:56

Rather than choosing a former Ukip leader as their candidate in South Thanet, the party should have selected a liberal figure capable of winning tactical votes. 

Why raising the personal allowance won't help people on low incomes
By Spencer Thompson - 15 August 12:21

As a strategy for tackling low pay, raising the personal allowance ran out of usefulness several years ago.

The UK would “favourably consider” arming Kurdish fighters in Iraq
By Anoosh Chakelian - 15 August 8:57

The government would supply weapons to the Kurds fighting extremists in Iraq, if they request arms.

Is the Labour party finally beginning to engage on education?
By Dan Holden - 15 August 7:30

After years of hardly trying to counter the coalition’s regressive education reforms, Labour finally seems to have begun to make a move.

With students paying more than ever, richer data is needed for them to accurately know how much their course will enhance their prospects.
What is the value of university?
By Ryan Shorthouse - 14 August 18:05

With students paying more than ever, richer data is needed for them to accurately know how much their course will enhance their prospects. 

We need to reform regressive taxes, not progressive ones.
The Lib Dems' tax cut plans won't help the poorest
By Tim Stacey - 14 August 17:12

We need to reform regressive taxes, not progressive ones. 

Shadow transport secretary says former cabinet minister has "a huge contribution still to make to politics".
Alan Johnson should return to the shadow cabinet, says Mary Creagh
By George Eaton - 14 August 15:09

Shadow transport secretary says former cabinet minister has "a huge contribution still to make to politics".

Demonstrators protest the killing of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Photo: Getty
Amid the tear gas and arrests of reporters in Ferguson, we must not lose sight of Mike Brown
By Musa Okwonga - 14 August 14:55

The shooting of an unarmed black man by police in the small town of Ferguson, Missouri has provoked civil unrest, media fury and a debate about the community’s reaction. But riots, reporters' arrests and black anger are not the issue here – the death of Mike Brown is.

The shadow transport secretary on Labour's rail plans, Alan Johnson's possible comeback and why she doesn't regret her comments on Thomas The Tank Engine.
Mary Creagh interview: "We’ve got the biggest shake-up of the railways since privatisation"
By George Eaton - 14 August 14:28

The shadow transport secretary on Labour's rail plans, Alan Johnson's possible comeback and why she doesn't regret her comments on Thomas The Tank Engine. 

Displaced Iraqi families from the Yazidi community cross the Iraqi-Syrian border, 13 August. Photo: Getty
Leader: We have a responsibility to protect the Yazidis of Iraq
By New Statesman - 14 August 13:48

The UK government has been right to contribute humanitarian aid and to refuse to rule out military involvement if the situation deteriorates.

Parliament shouldn’t need recalling; it should meet throughout the summer anyway
By Kevin Meagher - 14 August 13:03

We need reforms to parliament's summer recess in order to address the inevitable annual calls for it to be recalled over the break.

Nick Clegg has pre-empted an expected Tory manifesto commitment.
The Lib Dems steal a march on the Tories by pledging to cut National Insurance
By George Eaton - 14 August 11:25

Nick Clegg has pre-empted an expected Tory manifesto commitment. 

Glenda Jackson: “Britain is in danger of being governed by pensioners like me”
By Anoosh Chakelian - 14 August 11:21

The Hampstead MP and former Oscar-winning actor on why people her age shouldn’t run politics, coming close to “castrating" her male colleagues, and being an “anti-sociable socialist”.

Cartoon by Ralph Steadman
Homage to Caledonia: what would Orwell make of Britain’s break-up?
By Robert Colls - 14 August 10:00

If Orwell belonged anywhere he belonged to London, and he would have seen that the independence referendum is as much about the capital as it is about Scotland, writes Robert Colls.

What does the US response to stranded refugees in Iraq mean for David Cameron?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 14 August 8:37

As the US reports fewer stranded refugees on Mount Sinjar than expected, how can the PM respond to the decreasing likelihood of a rescue operation?

The awareness that the party's contradictions will not be resolved by Cameron explains the yearning for a new chieftain.
The Tories’ lack of discipline is a symptom of their unresolved identity crisis
By George Eaton - 13 August 21:47

The awareness that the party’s contradictions will not be resolved by Cameron explains the yearning for a new chieftain.  

The emphatic rejection of Toryism in London shows that much of modern Britain – even if it holds centre-right views – is not comfortable with the Conservative Party.
Ethnic minorities mean that John Major would not win today
By Tim Wigmore - 13 August 20:15

The emphatic rejection of Toryism in London shows that much of modern Britain – even if it holds centre-right views – is not comfortable with the Conservative Party.

The SNP is paying the price for its botched currency logic.
Why is everything going wrong for the Scottish Yes campaign?
By James Maxwell - 13 August 16:04

The SNP is paying the price for its botched currency logic.

One of the questions facing David Cameron as he returns from his holiday.
Will the UK follow France and arm the Kurds?
By George Eaton - 13 August 12:39

One of the questions facing David Cameron as he returns from his holiday. 

We must not find ourselves wondering how this humanitarian crisis spiralled further and further out of control.
For the desperate of Iraq there is no quick fix, but we can help alleviate some of the suffering
By Jim Murphy MP - 13 August 12:03

We must not find ourselves wondering how this humanitarian crisis spiralled further and further out of control.

GDP may be rising, but wage growth is at its lowest level on record. There is no recovery for most voters.
Falling wages show why the Tories aren't benefiting from the return of growth
By George Eaton - 13 August 10:32

GDP may be rising, but wage growth is at its lowest level on record. There is no recovery for most voters. 

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