What japes! Nigel Farage drinks a flagon of ale after a Ukip public meeting in Basingstoke, 9 April. Photo: Getty
Ukip understands people will always want someone to blame
By Laurie Penny - 30 April 10:13

Orwell was wrong, the English will accept a far-right government, so long as it’s dressed up in silliness and accompanied by a farting trombone.

The Labour leader's message is a smart way to turn working class voters off Farage.
Miliband sharpens his attack on Ukip: more Thatcherite than Thatcher
By George Eaton - 30 April 10:01

The Labour leader's message is a smart way to turn working class voters off Farage. 

The Returning Officer: Camels II
By Stephen Brasher - 30 April 10:00

In October 1932, there was a House of Commons debate on import duties. Barnett Janner, the Liberal MP for Whitechapel and St George’s, who had been gassed in the First World War, declared that the tax on grapefruit was “the last straw on the camel’s back”.

After foolishly boasting that victory for him in the Newark by-election would force David Cameron to resign, the Ukip leader marched back down the hill.
Farage looks like a bottler - and he only has himself to blame
By George Eaton - 30 April 8:26

After foolishly boasting that victory in the Newark by-election would force David Cameron to resign, the Ukip leader marched his troops back down the hill. 

If Farage chooses to stand, his party could have a genuine chance of winning a Westminster seat for the first time.
Patrick Mercer resigns and triggers by-election - is this Ukip's moment?
By George Eaton - 29 April 19:25

If Farage chooses to stand, his party could have a genuine chance of winning a Westminster seat for the first time.

History tells us growth doesn’t always filter to the poorest – here’s how it could.
Three ways the recovery could turn the rising tide of poverty
By Helen Barnard - 29 April 16:41

History tells us growth doesn’t always filter to the poorest – here’s how it could.

Fear that England would vote to leave the EU may aid the SNP.
Election success for Ukip in England could encourage Scottish independence
By Glenn Gottfried - 29 April 12:50

A strong performance by Farage's party could signal to Scotland that England may vote to leave the EU in a future in/out referendum. 

The uncomfortable truth is that for most people, the recovery hasn't even begun.
UK economy grows by 0.8% - but how many are feeling it?
By George Eaton - 29 April 10:11

The uncomfortable truth is that for most people, the recovery hasn't even begun. 

A senior party source rejects Farage's suggestion that Miliband would be forced to guarantee a vote.
Labour will not change EU referendum stance if Ukip win European elections
By George Eaton - 29 April 7:54

A senior party source rejects Farage's suggestion that Miliband would be forced to guarantee a vote. 

Labour leader appoints negotiating team and urges the PM to stop "dragging his feet".
Miliband calls Cameron's bluff on TV debates
By George Eaton - 28 April 23:15

Labour leader appoints negotiating team and urges the PM to stop "dragging his feet" and sign up to three debates.

Cameron won't repeat Romney's gaffes and enjoys the advantage of incumbency.
Why Axelrod has his work cut out with Labour
By Nick Faith - 28 April 17:52

Cameron won't repeat Romney's gaffes and enjoys the advantage of incumbency.

Shadow health secretary will back the bill despite criticisms.
HS2 critic Andy Burnham to vote in favour tonight
By George Eaton - 28 April 15:05

Shadow health secretary will back the bill, despite previous criticisms, as it only applies to the first phase of the project.

Were the debate to be held before the campaign, the impartiality rules would not apply.
Would Clegg be able to block a Cameron-Miliband TV debate?
By George Eaton - 28 April 11:54

Were the debate to be held before the general election campaign begins, the impartiality rules would not apply. 

People enter the Jobcentre Plus office in Bath. Photograph: Getty Images.
The coalition's "Help to Work" won't help the jobless
By George Eaton - 28 April 8:44

The DWP's own study found that forcing claimants to do community work or attend daily jobcentre meetings made almost no difference to employment levels. 

The Chancellor has chosen political opportunism over intellectual consistency.
Osborne's U-turn on RBS bonuses has undermined his credibility
By George Eaton - 25 April 16:10

After voting against a cap as recently as January, the Chancellor has taken fright. 

Those with the power to make decisions on your behalf should share in the risks, not just enjoy the rewards.
Why "skin in the game" could be the key to reforming markets
By Jon Cruddas - 25 April 10:22

Those with the power to make decisions on your behalf should share in the risks, not just enjoy the rewards.

Workers will now receive a full-time contract after a year, not 12 weeks.
Why has Labour watered down its plans to tackle zero-hour contracts?
By George Eaton - 25 April 9:02

The party previously suggested that workers would be offered a fixed-hours contract after 12 weeks. But that period has been extended to a year. 

Cable has previously suggested that the coalition could end early.
Is Lord Oakeshott speaking for Vince Cable?
By George Eaton - 24 April 22:04

Cable has previously suggested that the coalition could end early, a demand now made by the Lib Dem peer.

A new high-speed rail connection would be transformative for the north.
We need to go beyond HS2 and build a Liverpool-Leeds rail link
By David Kirkby - 24 April 16:34

A high-speed rail connection between Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds would be transformative for the north.

The party has reduced its debts from £25m in 2005 to £4.5m but risks to funding have increased.
Labour's finances are healthier than most think - but dangers remain
By George Eaton - 24 April 14:55

The party has reduced its debts from £25m in 2005 to £4.5m but risks to funding have increased. 

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. 

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