Would Scotland really suffer if RBS moved after independence?
By James Maxwell - 06 February 13:25

Any relocation would be largely symbolic but the Scottish economy desperately needs to be rebalanced.

The NS debate: what should we do about education’s Berlin Wall?
By New Statesman - 06 February 13:18

Leading educationalists respond to the question of public schools.

We cannot end FGM in the UK without ending it in Africa
By Lynne Featherstone - 06 February 10:52

We won’t stand aside as this violence is inflicted on girls in the UK and around the world. Britain is now the world’s biggest supporter of activity to end female genital mutilation.

Cameron's plan to force schools to take two-year-olds is pie in the sky policy
By Lucy Powell - 06 February 10:48

Unless there is investment to help schools build nursery classrooms, this announcement is meaningless for parents.

The 50p tax rate: far from a taxing problem for Labour
By George Eaton - 06 February 10:35

A Labour spokesman told me that “what is permanent is our commitment to fairness in taxation”.

Why the 50p tax is lenient, sponsoring the Queen and how to deal with noisy pigeons
By Peter Wilby - 06 February 8:33

The Queen, we learn, is down to her last million.

Labour MPs urge Miliband to make the case for borrowing to invest
By George Eaton - 06 February 8:23

Former cabinet ministers Peter Hain and John Healey argue that the party must make an explicit case for investment if it is to counter the Tories' attack lines before the election.

Can Labour defuse the "borrowing bombshell"?
By George Eaton - 05 February 21:51

An increasing number of Labour MPs believe that the party must make an explicit case for borrowing to invest if it is to counter the Tories' attack line of choice.

How women have deserted the Tories at the polls
By George Eaton - 05 February 16:12

The party once attracted far more female than male support but since 2005 the reverse has been true.

Leader: Why is Labour silent on education's Berlin Wall?
By New Statesman - 05 February 15:21

Unlike the education secretary, Tristram Hunt has nothing to say on the dominance of the private schools.

PMQs review: Miliband pounces on the Tories' women problem
By George Eaton - 05 February 13:23

The coalition made the Labour leader's point for him as it fielded an entirely male frontbench.

How Labour can counter the populist threat
By Michael McTernan and Claudia Chwalisz - 05 February 11:04

The party should radically devolve power and budgets to bridge the gap between "representative" and "responsible" government.

Russell Brand is wrong – if you don’t vote, you just won’t matter
By Toni Pearce - 05 February 9:40

Should the government ignore your job? Your education? Your family? If you don’t vote, that’s exactly what they will do.

Why Danny Alexander's promise to keep the 45p tax rate can't be trusted
By George Eaton - 05 February 8:54

The Lib Dems says the top tax rate will be cut "over my dead body". But he said the same about the 50p rate in 2011.

Does Michael Gove think he can extend school hours through sheer force of personality?
By Jonn Elledge - 04 February 15:17

There are a lot of different factors to consider before the school day can be extended – the type of activities on offer, how you're staffing them, whether more affluent parents should pay – but the education secretary hasn't been clear on any of the deta

Protecting farms or front rooms? The impossible dilemma that climate change forces upon us
By Guy Shrubsole - 04 February 12:34

We need a concerted national debate about how we best protect ourselves from increasingly extreme weather.

Education’s Berlin Wall: the private schools conundrum
By David Kynaston and George Kynaston - 03 February 22:09

Does a better social mix make these schools acceptable? The left has been silent on this issue for the past 40 years.

Gove's "hero" Andrew Adonis attacks decision not to reappoint Ofsted head
By George Eaton - 03 February 15:28

The founder of the academies programme says Labour peer Sally Morgan "should be reappointed as chair of Ofsted, to preserve its independence and integrity."

Boris wouldn't have been elected mayor under his 50% strike turnout rule
By George Eaton - 03 February 12:45

The mayor wants strikes to be banned unless 50 per cent of staff vote, but turnout in the 2012 mayoral election was just 38 per cent.

Don't trust the government's citizenship-stripping policy
By Matthew J Gibney - 03 February 10:30

Even if depriving dangerous individuals of their citizenship can be right in principle, can we really trust governments to use such a power prudently in practice?

Michael Gove must stop fighting "The Blob" and listen to the education experts
By David Bell - 03 February 9:39

The Education Secretary has fallen for his own hype.

Gove is becoming a liability for the Tories
By George Eaton - 03 February 8:59

The Education Secretary's running battles with teachers and "the blob" do not endear him to voters.

The parties must stop dithering and address the English question
By Michael Kenny - 31 January 16:15

The challenge for mainstream parties is to express and ground alternative ideas of the English nation and to connect these to a renewed case for the Union.

Labour has got to bite the bullet on borrowing for investment
By John Healey - 31 January 14:05

The great council housing boom of the post-war years was only achieved by public investment. The same action is needed now.

The IFS douses Tory optimism on living standards
By George Eaton - 31 January 10:32

The Institute for Fiscal Studies warns that there is unlikely to be a "strong recovery" in living standards and that wages are still likely to be lower in 2015 than they were in 2010.

Danny Alexander undermines Cable with coalition spending plans up to 2021
By George Eaton - 31 January 8:50

After Cable criticised "the pace and scale of cuts" set out by George Osborne after 2015, Alexander releases new figures extending the Chancellor's plan until 2020-21.

Balls's debt pledge allows for a radical shift towards investment
By Peter Kenway - 30 January 16:41

Provided growth is strong and sustained, Labour will be able to dramatically increase investment while still reducing debt as a proportion of GDP.

PR for local elections could ease Labour's southern discomfort
By Katie Ghose - 30 January 14:43

Were England and Wales to adopt proportional representation, 27 of the party's 69 electoral deserts would return Labour councillors.

The Returning Officer: Bournemouth II
By Stephen Brasher - 30 January 11:53

Leonard Lyle was Tory MP for Bournemouth (1940-45). In 1918, he was elected at West Ham (Stratford). After Lyle lost that seat in 1922, he was elected at Epping in a by-election in 1923 but stood down the following year so that Winston Churchill could return to parliament.

Leader: Far tougher choices are needed on tax and spend
By New Statesman - 30 January 11:22

Neither the tax rises proposed by Labour, nor the benefits cuts proposed by the Tories would make a significant dent in the deficit.

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