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.

Labour and the Tories are both avoiding the tax debate we need
By Rafael Behr - 28 January 7:49

The repetitive and needlessly venomous exchanges over the 50p rate distract from the long-term question of how we should pay for the services that we value in an era of austerity.

Why are ministers still ducking a debate on human rights abroad?
By Kerry McCarthy - 27 January 17:29

There are too many concerns to cover and too many issues on which ministers have been evasive for the government to refuse a full day’s debate.

Which countries have the highest top tax rates?
By George Eaton - 27 January 16:40

A top rate of 50% would be above the OECD average but Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, Spain and the Netherlands all have higher rates.

Want to defeat UKIP? Then get more working class people into politics
By James Bloodworth - 27 January 14:46

If the left could get a few more "normal" people into politics, perhaps it wouldn’t be left to the reactionary right to shake up the political establishment.

To fix our broken energy market, we need Help to Supply
By Caroline Julian - 27 January 10:31

The government should do more to help communities, local authorities and businesses not only produce but supply their own power.

Ed Miliband speaks to supporters on 17 January 2014 in London
Yes, Labour “got it wrong” about immigration, but not in the way its frontbenchers seem to think
By Mehdi Hasan - 27 January 9:25

The Labour leader, it seems, is willing to apologise only for being too soft on immigration and immigrants, not for being too tough.

50p tax letter business leaders gave £776,000 to the Tories
By George Eaton - 27 January 8:05

Of the 24 signatories to the letter attacking Labour's plan to reintroduce the 50p tax rate, eight have donated to the Conservatives.

The 50p tax rate is an essential part of a fair deficit reduction plan
By Andrew Adonis - 26 January 15:07

At a time when the incomes of ordinary families are falling, the highest earners must contribute more to reduce government borrowing.

The real Labour divide over the 50p tax rate
By George Eaton - 26 January 13:37

Is it a temporary tax or a permanent one?

How the Lib Dems and others changed their tune on the 50p tax rate
By George Eaton - 26 January 12:01

Danny Alexander and former M&S boss Stuart Rose attacked Labour yesterday, but they used to insist that the top rate should remain in place.

Why Labour will reverse Cameron’s top rate tax cut
By Shabana Mahmood - 25 January 11:25

The latest figures from HMRC show that people earning over £150,000 paid almost £10bn more in tax in the three years when the 50p rate was in place. We need to get the deficit down in a fair way.

Balls's surplus pledge leaves Labour with room to borrow to invest
By George Eaton - 24 January 22:00

Unlike Osborne's budget surplus pledge, Balls's only applies to current spending, leaving open the option of borrowing to fund infrastructure.

The Davos elite worry about inequality - but don't expect them to act
By Owen Smith - 24 January 16:05

Turkeys won't vote for Christmas and Google won’t vote to pay its taxes either.

Larry Summers reminds Osborne that the UK economy is still smaller than before the crash
By George Eaton - 24 January 14:41

The former US treasury secretary points out to the Chancellor that while the US economy exceeded its pre-recession peak years ago, the UK is still catching up.

The ruthless DUP knows it was right to ditch Paisley
By Kevin Meagher - 24 January 14:11

The former leader's savage attack on his successor, Peter Robinson, is a reminder that his party could see that he had outlived his usefulness.

Westminster’s casual bullying of women shows how out of touch it is with modern society
By Laurie Penny - 24 January 12:10

When political historians are dusting off the gravestone of Lord Rennard’s Liberal Democrats, I doubt it will read “killed by feminism”.

The coalition's wage stats don't tell us much about living standards
By James Plunkett - 24 January 11:18

The government's new stats ignore all benefit cuts and exclude the 4.4m self-employed workers.

Cowdenbeath by-election: a good night for Labour and a very bad one for the Lib Dems
By George Eaton - 24 January 10:42

In Gordon Brown's backyard, Labour won an 11.25% swing from the SNP, while the Lib Dems finished in fifth place behind UKIP.

Commons Confidential: Downwardly mobile Dave
By Kevin Maguire - 24 January 10:27

Blue-collar conservatism, a kerfuffle about wearing black tie and the Westminster orgy of backslapping.

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