Get real, Labour optimists
By Peter Kellner - 30 December 6:16

To make a fist of the coming election Labour must start with a hard-headed view of what is really go

The final Straw
By Alyssa McDonald - 30 December 6:16

Until recently, Jack Straw seemed relaxed about libel tourism, unconvinced there was "sufficient evidence" that UK laws - which allow foreign claimants to bring cases against foreign defendants, incurring costs 140 times as la

Winning the web war
By James Crabtree - 30 December 6:16

Right-wing bloggers have been established for years, but the left is catching up and 2010 will be it

Bombing, burgling and banking
By Peter Wilby - 30 December 6:16

Some US presidents and British prime ministers would be well described as "fanatics"

Fantasy politics
By James Macintyre - 30 December 6:16

Labour holds on to power in the general election, just. David Cameron survives an attempted coup. Th

The Tories' health plans are Robin Hood in reverse
By Jonn Elledge - 18 December 16:13

David Cameron may insist the Tories are now 'the party of the NHS' but their plans would leave the p

Political photos of the year
By Staff blogger - 17 December 16:39

It has been a year of war; battles over bonuses, fights for the planet and ongoing conflict in Afghanistan and neighbouring Pakistan. Yet it hasn't been all gloom. The New Statesman assembles the best photos of the year, and finds light in the darkness.

Bite-sized briefing: UK
By Staff blogger - 17 December 7:06

The government was accused of trying to suppress evidence of the UK's role in torture at a high court hearing.

And so to Sam’n’Dave’s Christmas knees-up . . .
By Gideon Donald - 17 December 7:06

What is notable is who will not be "hanging with the Camerons" this Yuletide. There is no place for

Good idea: Transparent trap
By Alyssa McDonald - 17 December 7:06

Strange, really, how much more glamorous "reporting corruption" sounds than "reporting anti-corruption" does, with its bureaucratic lexicon of "compliance", "implementation" and "corporate responsibility".

Commons Confidential
By Kevin Maguire - 17 December 7:06

TV, fridges and too-tight tailcoats

False alarms and just deserts
By Peter Wilby - 17 December 7:06

The pundits are virtually unanimous. Alistair Darling, they say, hasn't done enough to show that Britain can reduce its £178bn budget deficit. Our credit rating will be downgraded and investors won't buy government bonds.

Mandarins make MPs sitting ducks
By Steve Richards - 17 December 7:06

In Britain today, only non-elected figures can act politically and be treated with respect

What if ... Ken Clarke had led the Tories
By Dominic Sandbrook - 17 December 7:06

The defiant Clarke turned the Tories against the Iraq war

Campaign spotlight: Libel bashing
By Staff blogger - 17 December 7:06

Dr Evan Harris MP, Liberal Democrat spokesman on science and a member of the Commons select committe

Quran and country
By Nabila Ramdani - 17 December 7:06

The words "British" and "Muslim" turn out to have a great deal in common

Leader: It is time for Britain’s real progressives to unite
By Staff blogger - 17 December 7:06

We would welcome a left-liberal coalition, committed to wholesale constitutional and economic reform

Leader: Our craven calculations in Iraq must not infect Afghanistan
By Staff blogger - 10 December 5:47

The Iraq war was a ruinous mistake. The lessons from it have not yet been learned.

Bad idea: Growing Gatwick
By Alyssa McDonald - 10 December 5:47

If ever there was a bad week to start talking again about extra airport runways - and not just at Heathrow, but Gatwick, too - surely this was it.

Bonus of contention
By Alyssa McDonald - 10 December 5:47

Before Alistair Darling had announced the one-off 50 per cent tax on bonuses over £25,000 - before he'd even stood up to present the pre-Budget report - bankers were hitting back at government plans to tax them.

In the bleak midwinter, frosty Ffion made moan
By Gideon Donald - 10 December 5:47

Christmas comes but once a year, which means, fortunately, so do carols with the Howards.

The sperm lottery
By Irwin Stelzer - 10 December 5:47

Our tax system is inequitable, but it seems neither main party is capable of change – Labour is obse

Bite-sized briefing: UK
By Staff blogger - 10 December 5:47

The pre-Budget report was presented in parliament. The Chancellor, Alistair Darling announced measures including:

Coalition could make Labour work
By Roy Hattersley - 10 December 5:47

Proportional representation would free Labour to be radical again

A genocide denied
By Geoffrey Robertson - 10 December 5:47

Newly uncovered Foreign Office memos show how New Labour has played politics with the massacre of th

Camp Cameron and the progressives
By Anne McElvoy - 10 December 5:47

The extraordinary reaction to Speaker Bercow and his wife shows that Cameron and his allies only rea

John Pilger on why the invasion of Iraq is the crime of the century
By John Pilger - 10 December 5:47

The purpose of the Chilcot inquiry is to normalise an epic crime by providing enough of a theatre.

Deniers, bankers and royal snappers
By Peter Wilby - 10 December 5:47

Climate change deniers should reveal whether they hold lucrative 'catastrophe' bonds