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Two books that Labour's next leader must read
By David Blunkett - 25 June 12:58

Labour must avoid suffering its own strange death. 

Illustration: Jackson Rees
In every gutter, you’ll find grim discarded evidence of Cameron’s “care in the community”
By Will Self - 25 June 10:33

The question of whether being institutionalised helps the mentally ill cannot be engaged with on these terms. Being crowded together with a lot of distressed people is always distressing, no matter how sane you may be.

Flats in the Hovsjoe district in south-western Soedertaelje, where many Syrian refugees in Sweden live. Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images
I’ve changed my mind about the Swedes. They took in 40,000 Syrian refugees last year: Britain took 24
By Nicholas Lezard - 25 June 10:23

One thing the Swedes definitely do better than we do, and where we ought really to look a bit sheepish, is in the welcome they give to immigrants.

Steve Hilton is offering energetic ideas with a liberal twist. Photo: Sarah Lee/Guardian News & Media
Kind of blue: why Steve Hilton's manifesto is a challenge to the left
By Jon Cruddas - 25 June 10:11

Where is the equivalent to Hilton on the left? We have not even touched on the questions of human fulfilment, power and radical democracy that are offered up by modern technological change.

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This is the true end of New Labour
By Stephen Bush - 25 June 8:00

Ed Miliband's political project was to bury New Labour. Today he succeeds, but not in the way he'd have wished.

Labour will not prosper if it is viewed merely as a repository of protest.
David Cameron has retreated from his promises on child poverty – but will it cost him?
By George Eaton - 24 June 21:48

Labour will not prosper if it is viewed merely as a repository of protest. 

A still from Channel 4's "Dispatches: Undercover Social Worker".
"It's soul-destroying and career-destroying": social workers in the firing line
By Rachel Schraer - 24 June 18:12

The side-effect of transparency is that some innocent social workers are being demonised, with their personal details splurged on hate sites.

David Cameron's attempts to move the goalposts on poverty are a disaster - but don't take my word for it
By Alison Garnham - 24 June 17:20

You can't define away poverty - and David Cameron himself has admitted that. 

Sixty-nine per cent of the 60 million acres in the UK is owned by 0.6 per cent of the population. Photo: Dan Istitene/Getty Images
Leader: A case for taxing land
By New Statesman - 24 June 15:39

With the exception of Spain, Britain has the most unequal concentration of land ownership anywhere in Europe. It's time we addressed this.

Unions said to restricting affiliated supporters' data to preferred candidates.
Trade unions accused of withholding members' details in bid to sway Labour contest
By George Eaton - 24 June 15:20

Unions said to restricting affiliated supporters' data to preferred candidates. 

Jon Cruddas poses for photos during his bid for Labour's deputy leadership. Photo: Getty Images
Is an English Labour party on its way?
By Stephen Bush - 24 June 14:49

Jon Cruddas appears to have let slip that an English Labour party is on its way. But Labour insiders say the idea is not on the agenda - yet.

The Labour London mayoral candidate on why he is the "modern" figure the city needs, Tessa Jowell's "control freakery", and Islamist extremism.
Sadiq Khan interview: "London can't have somebody stuck in the 1980s or 1990s"
By George Eaton - 24 June 14:03

The Labour London mayoral candidate on why he is the "modern" figure the city needs, Tessa Jowell's "control freakery", and Islamist extremism. 

Abby Tomlinson's #milifandom became a surprising force in the general election coverage. Photo: Twitter/Rossalyn Warren
Life after Milifandom – and why Ed isn’t to blame if I fail my Russian history AS-level
By Abby Tomlinson - 24 June 13:21

The #milifandom leader Abby Tomlinson on A-levels, the election comedown - and why the voting age should be lowered to 16 for the EU referendum.

The Queen on a visit to Berlin. The hats don't buy themselves, you know. Photo: Getty
Is the SNP really trying to break up with the Queen?
By Caroline Crampton - 24 June 13:16

News that the Scottish government could withhold money from QEII has been exaggerated, but there is a political point to the SNP defining itself against the monarchy.

Labour's acting leader seized on the hole in the PM's argument by warning "You don’t get higher pay by cutting tax credits".
PMQs review: Harman exploits Cameron's tax credits problem
By George Eaton - 24 June 13:01

Labour's acting leader seized on the hole in the PM's argument by warning "You don’t get higher pay by cutting tax credits". 

Then Health Secretary Andy Burnham addresses activists alongside Ed Miliband. Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Image
Andy Burnham thinks he is an outsider but he’s really just another member of the Guild
By Jason Cowley - 24 June 12:36

Burnham's populist pitch is disingenuous. In truth, he's part of what George Osborne calls the “guild” of professional politicians.

Nigel Farage addresses Ukip conference in 2014. Photo: Getty Images
Look behind you: how Labour can avoid the threat of Ukip
By Patrick Diamond - 24 June 12:03

Ukip did untold damage to Labour both in its heartlands and in the battlegrounds. What can be done about it?

Watch: Tessa Jowell's One London campaign video
By New Statesman - 24 June 11:42

Tessa Jowell re-introduces herself to Labour and to Londoners with a slick new video.

Enola Gay, the first nuclear bomber, goes on display. Photo: Getty Images
Trident's an outdated waste. Even the military say so
By Kate Hudson - 24 June 8:00

A new report shows how antiquated our nuclear deterrent is.

David Cameron during Xi Jinping's visit to Britain. Photo: Getty Images
David Cameron's sums don't add up - his cuts would hurt, not help, the working poor
By Spencer Thompson - 23 June 16:39

Cameron's merry-go-round isn't as crazy as it sounds - and his attempts to fix it would deal real damage. 

Here's why I, and 324 councillors, are backing Tessa Jowell for London Mayor
By Peter Mason - 23 June 15:44

We require three things of our next Mayor: the ability to win the confidence of Londoners; the determination to change our city for the better; and the experience of getting things done. 

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If anything, the BBC tilts to the right
By Douglas Beattie - 23 June 13:44

The role of newspapers in shaping the news agenda has given the institution a right-wing editorial bias. 

David Cameron and George Osborne attend the Queen's Speech. Photo: Getty Images
The government should be tackling low pay, not hitting the lowest paid
By Stephen Timms and Chris Leslie - 23 June 11:19

The government's plans to cut £12bn from the welfare bill are aiming at the wrong target, say Chris Leslie and Stephen Timms.

Flags of Greece and the European Union fly over the Acropolis in Greece. Photo: Getty Images
Greece moves closer to a deal
By New Statesman - 23 June 8:00

The government in Athens has given way on key proposals, reviving hopes of a deal between Greece and its creditors. 

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David Cameron has borrowed Ed Miliband's methods. He may end up with Ed Miliband's fate
By Stephen Bush - 22 June 16:30

David Cameron has come around to Ed Miliband's way of thinking on the welfare bill. He could end up in the same dead end.

A Labour canvasser gets ready to go out on the doors. Photo: Getty Images
The Labour leadership race has been obsessed with personalities. Here's what it really needs
By Michael Meacher - 22 June 15:59

Rather than focussing on the faces at the top, Labour needs to think about what's going on underneath the surface, says Michael Meacher.

Norman Lamb. Photo: Getty
Norman Lamb: "It's important and central to my liberalism" for the Lib Dem leader to have voted for gay marriage
By Anoosh Chakelian - 22 June 15:25

The Lib Dem leadership contender on his experience of government, what separates him from his rival Tim Farron, and his unlikely involvement in London’s grime scene.

Jeremy Corbyn addresses an anti-austerity march. Photo: Getty Images
Labour's new leader has one mission: avoiding extinction
By Robert Corfe - 22 June 15:03

Labour truly needs just "one more heave" - until their final extinction. 

Anti-austerity marchers take to the streets in London. Photo: Getty Images
Tweet "in solidarity" if you want, but don't kid yourself it changes anything
By Rosie Fletcher - 22 June 11:59

If you want things to change, if you want to end austerity, your tweet of solitary solidarity is as good as writing your wishes in your teenage diary. You do not change the world by telling people that you wish you could. You express your solidarity with people by marching at their side. 

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