Would they be allowed to vote on UK-wide laws?
What happens to Scottish MPs if Scotland votes Yes?
By George Eaton - 20 February 11:54

Would they be allowed to vote on UK-wide laws? And would they still stand in May 2015?

New Statesman
Forget Benefits Street. When will we shame the scroungers lapping up corporate welfare?
By Mehdi Hasan - 20 February 10:58

Ignore the media misinformation: spending on out-of-work benefits isn’t out of control, nor is the welfare state responsible for growing poverty.

The Tories could use a debate between the Lib Dem leader and his UKIP opposite.
Could a Clegg-Farage debate be followed by a Cameron-Miliband debate?
By George Eaton - 20 February 10:48

The Tories could use a debate between the Lib Dem leader and his UKIP opposite to argue for the head-to-head contest they want between the two main leaders.

The contrast between Blair's bid to save Brooks and Miliband's call for her resignation.
Why the Blair-Brooks revelations are useful for Miliband
By George Eaton - 20 February 8:47

The contrast between Blair's bid to save Brooks and Miliband's call for her resignation is a reminder of how Labour has changed for the better since 2010.

Illustration: Dan Murrell/New Statesman
Remembering Stuart Hall, a denizen of the twentieth-century left in Britain
By Dan Hancox - 20 February 4:23

He expressed better than most what it meant to be red under Thatcher.

There is no guarantee that fair distribution of opportunity.
Westminster isn’t qualified to debate how wealth and power are stitched up in Britain
By Rafael Behr - 19 February 22:29

There is no guarantee that fair distribution of opportunity will even be a factor in the election.

The lack of government legislation is so great.
Cameron's zombie government has nothing of substance to offer
By Jon Ashworth - 19 February 16:01

The lack of government legislation is so great that ministers are now constantly increasing the days allocated to Opposition motions.

More than the floods, it is interventions by politicians.
Climate change has finally returned as a mainstream issue
By Guy Shrubsole - 19 February 14:54

More than the floods, it is interventions by politicians that have led to a spike in public concern.

Tom Bower: the biographer as big-game hunter
By Sophie McBain - 19 February 14:45

A former BBC investigative journalist turned biographer, Bower is drawn to chronicle the big egos that try to dominate the world around them.

Hold your nose. Montage: Dan Murrell/NS
Commons Confidential: Strong wind batters No 10
By Kevin Maguire - 19 February 14:33

Surely, a farting competition didn't take place right outside the PM's house?

The former PM allegedly advised Brooks to "publish a Hutton style report".
Blair's advice to Rebekah Brooks during the phone-hacking scandal: full details
By George Eaton - 19 February 13:04

The former PM allegedly advised Brooks to "publish a Hutton style report" and offered to act as an "unofficial adviser".

The government still prefers to spend money on expensive solutions.
To tackle our mental health crisis we need to reduce inequality
By Bill Kerry - 19 February 12:01

The government still prefers to spend money on expensive and complicated solutions, rather than cost-effectively addressing causes.

The PM's piece on welfare reform makes no reference.
Is Cameron now afraid to mention Universal Credit?
By George Eaton - 19 February 11:29

The PM's piece on welfare reform makes no reference to Iain Duncan Smith's troubled programme.

A public vote offers the best prospect of responding to democratic alienation.
Only a referendum can solve Britain's European impasse
By Nick Pearce - 19 February 10:18

A public vote offers the best prospect of responding to democratic alienation from the union, and establishing a secure platform for the UK's engagement in its future.

The PM claims that the number of workless families "doubled".
How Cameron got his facts wrong on workless families
By George Eaton - 19 February 8:23

The PM claims that the number of workless families "doubled" under Labour, but the figures show it fell.

Shadow chancellor's comments suggest mood in the party.
Balls's pitch to business: Labour can save the UK from EU withdrawal
By George Eaton - 18 February 15:38

Shadow chancellor's comments suggest mood in the party is hardening against an in/out referendum.

The plan to demolish the award-winning primary to build a free school.
The Tories' bid to close Sulivan primary school is a triumph of ideology over evidence
By Andy Slaughter - 18 February 10:56

The plan to demolish the award-winning primary to build a free school shows contempt for parents and for children.

Local voters resent outside interference.
Why Labour's "decapitation strategy" could help Clegg keep his seat
By George Eaton - 18 February 8:54

Local voters resent outside interference and Lib Dem activists will be encouraged to rush to their leader's defence.

There are more working than non-working households in poverty.
The UK needs better jobs not just more jobs
By Katie Schmuecker - 17 February 16:03

There are more working than non-working households in poverty for the first time ever. But don't assume a living wage will solve all problems.

The Scottish First Minister offered no persuasive argument.
Salmond didn't even come close to rebutting Osborne's currency threat
By George Eaton - 17 February 14:53

The Scottish First Minister offered no persuasive argument for Scotland entering a currency union with the rest of the UK.

While waiting for their claim to be decided, people are losing out on support
Personal Independence Payments: a failing system is trapping disabled people without benefits
By Frances Ryan - 17 February 13:34

Since the new Personal Independence Payments began to replace Disability Living Allowance, fewer than one in six people who applied have had their claims decided. While assessments drag out over months, bills still have to be paid and food still has to be bought.

A security guard stands at the gates of the Yarl's Wood detention centre
Yarl’s Wood detention centre shames Britain – when did “refugee” become a dirty word?
By Laurie Penny - 17 February 12:25

Hundreds of female asylum-seekers are housed in Yarl’s Wood. They have done nothing wrong, so why are we locking them up?

Labour peer corrects Conservative claims that he has come out against the policy
Andrew Adonis: mansion tax is "socially just" and I support it
By George Eaton - 17 February 10:53

Labour peer corrects Conservative claims that he has come out against the policy.

The disused Battersea Power station - an iconic London landmark. Photo: Getty
Exclusive, insensitive and architecturally uninspiring – the new age of urban regeneration
By Philip Kleinfeld - 17 February 10:47

The redevelopment of Battersea Power Station and the Nine Elms area in south London illustrates a much wider problem in the way cities are managed and planned – councils seem perfectly happy to see private interests direct the course of historically interesting places.

The Deputy PM's warning that a new coalition would not "break the bank".
Would Clegg force Labour to back tougher cuts?
By George Eaton - 17 February 8:30

The Deputy PM's warning that he would "absolutely insist" that a new coalition would not "break the bank" suggests that he may push Labour to back an Osborne-style deficit plan.

New Statesman
Leader: Education’s Berlin Wall
By New Statesman - 16 February 10:09

This week, the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, joins our debate on the dominance of the privately educated in public life and the correlation between poverty and educational failure.

Flooded out: Blackett Close in Staines-Upon-Thames. Photo: Getty
Leader: As this winter’s floods remind us, climate change matters
By New Statesman - 16 February 9:25

In the short term, ministers will rightly focus on addressing the immediate threat to homes and lives. Once this danger has passed, we all have a duty to ensure that the UK is better able to live with and withstand the consequences of climate change.

The Lib Dems need to start telling us what they'll be fighting for in 2015
By Richard Morris - 14 February 16:39

At Spring Conference, some of the manifesto raw meat needs to be presented and debated.

Could UKIP revive the debate over electoral reform?
By George Eaton - 14 February 14:54

If the party wins upwards of five per cent of the vote in 2015 but fails to win a single seat, our voting system will be called into question again.

Labour needs to challenge the British tradition of government
By Patrick Diamond - 14 February 13:25

A reforming, centre-left government must fashion a credible and robust statecraft, revitalising the civil service for the challenges of the contemporary age.

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