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.

Commons Confidential: Cost-cutting with Kwarteng
By Kevin Maguire - 30 January 10:21

Politics is full of knockers.

Why Labour can't and won't go on a "spending spree"
By George Eaton - 30 January 8:51

Balls has left himself with room to borrow to invest but the party's fiscal rules mean total spending will be falling for almost every year of the next parliament.

Miliband doesn’t want to sack Balls – he just wants to steal the Treasury’s power
By Rafael Behr - 29 January 22:57

The Labour leader's plans for government can factor in the prospect of having Balls as his chancellor, but in a shrunken empire.

Carney’s intervention is fatal to the credibility of Salmond’s currency plan
By William Bain - 29 January 16:11

The Governor of the Bank of England made clear that a successful currency union requires fiscal union, the very thing the Scottish First Minister is in politics to end with the rest of the UK.

The two big lessons for the UK from Germany and the Nordics
By Olaf Cramme and Nick Pearce - 29 January 14:50

Social investment welfare spending is central to future prosperity and the state has to become a more active and assertive economic actor.

PMQs review: Miliband goes back on the attack - and wins
By George Eaton - 29 January 13:08

The Labour leader broke with his new sober style and hammered Cameron over his refusal to rule out cutting the top tax rate again.

Labour attacks the Lib Dems for rejecting female deputy leader candidate
By George Eaton - 29 January 10:53

Gloria De Piero says "This result comes as little surprise when you remember Nick Clegg leads a Parliamentary Party which has as many men with knighthoods as it has women MPs."

How Teddy Roosevelt can help our politicians to navigate the public-private divide
By Anthony Painter - 29 January 10:26

Both private and public sector organisations need to relearn Roosevelt's great insight: privileges provoke responsibilities.

The Tories' immigration target means the door is still closed to too many Syrian refugees
By George Eaton - 29 January 9:04

The UK will accept just 500 refugees from the country, compared to the 10,000 taken by Germany.

Growth figures mean nothing if you live in part of the country that's not growing
By Kevin Meagher - 28 January 18:42

Rather than hyperbole over a national growth figure, we need regionalised figures to show how prosperity is unevenly spread.

Where are Britain's selfless billionaires?
By Jonn Elledge - 28 January 14:50

Rich people in other countries demand they be required to pay higher taxes more often than you might think. So why doesn't Britain have a Warren Buffett or a Bill Gates, willing to pay a little bit more tax for everybody's benefit?

Osborne refuses to rule out cutting top tax rate to 40%
By George Eaton - 28 January 13:31

Despite being repeatedly pressed by Ed Balls at Treasury questions, the Chancellor refuses to comment on whether the Tories want to reduce the top rate from 45 per cent to 40 per cent.

Kodak vs Instagram: This is why it's only going to get harder to make a good living
By Ian Leslie - 28 January 11:29

Politicians no longer change the world, technology does. Even as wealth has become more concentrated, power has become more dispersed.

GDP figures: Osborne has been the beneficiary of low expectations
By George Eaton - 28 January 10:45

The economy is still 1.3 per cent smaller than before the recession and the recovery remains the slowest since 1870s.

Why is Lambeth dismantling its housing co-operatives?
By Alan White - 28 January 10:12

Many of the co-ops, which were meant to be a “shortlife” solution for long housing waiting lists and run-down properties in the late 1970s and early 1980s, are still there today. Now, they are being sold off at auction, and long-existing communities are

Why Osborne should welcome Cable's pessimism
By George Eaton - 28 January 9:06

The dangers of an unbalanced recovery are real and excessive boastfulness could encourage voters to believe it is safe to return Labour to power.

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