The wrong war, being PC and Bono
By Mehdi Hasan - 22 October 8:48

Joe Biden could yet rescue the Obama presidency from a military quagmire in Afghanistan

John Pilger on why the postal strike is our strike
By John Pilger - 22 October 8:48

New Labour has done its best to destroy the Post Office as a public institution. Postal workers deserve better.

How to get arrested before you've done anything wrong
By Bibi van der Zee - 22 October 8:48

It's discomfiting when you talk to a Danish activist about policing techniques and she describes the "English method" as "picking up a few specific people and pre-arresting protesters".

The Returning Officer
By Stephen Brasher - 22 October 8:48

Oxford, part 2

Leader: Why Britain must abort mission in Afghanistan
By Staff blogger - 22 October 8:48

There are no good options left for Britain in Afghanistan. Brown should set a date for withdrawal

Leader: The Tories’ peculiar bedfellows in Europe
By Staff blogger - 15 October 8:38

This Eurosceptic alliance is a product of moral and intellectual laziness

Bite-sized briefing: UK
By Staff blogger - 15 October 8:38

MPs' expenses returned to the news agenda as parliament opened. Hundreds of MPs were sent letters by Sir Thomas Legg, the auditor, detailing their misdemeanours.

Your cash in their pockets
By Mehdi Hasan - 15 October 8:38

The MPs' expenses scandal is back - but did you hear about the one who paid off a private mortgage while billing the taxpayer for a loan on his second home?

Labour still has one life left
By James Purnell - 15 October 8:38

The centre-left is not in the moribund state some imagine

The People versus Gordon Brown
By James Macintyre - 15 October 8:38

The expenses scandal has hit Labour hardest. Brown should adopt a "masochism" strategy

Ministry of the living dead
By Geoffrey Wheatcroft - 15 October 8:38

In elections over the past century, Labour could with some justice cry “We were cheated!” or “We wer

Schools, fools and Rod Stewart
By Peter Wilby - 15 October 8:38

My modest proposal to undermine public schools

The Beeb dances to its own beat
By Anne McElvoy - 15 October 8:38

Opportunistic politicians should remember the BBC is a public-service, not a state, broadcaster

The Returning Officer
By Stephen Brasher - 15 October 8:38

Oxford, part 1

The absolute swine
By Gideon Donald - 15 October 8:38

In the interests of public health, it behoves me to announce that I was suffering from a maximally virulent strain of swine flu in Blackpool last week.

Classics of conservative thought
By Staff blogger - 08 October 10:58

Including Thomas Hobbes, David Hume and Roger Scruton

What if... Gordon hadn’t lost an eye
By Dominic Sandbrook - 08 October 6:46

Today he is one of the most familiar celebrities in British life, a sporting legend whose mellow Scottish charm as a team captain on A Question of Sport has won new generations of admirers.

The meaning of conservatism
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 08 October 6:46

Disraeli followed Burke’s “politics of imperfection”, while
Thatcher favoured Hayek’s free-market

Another Freud, Mrs Brown and cats
By Peter Wilby - 08 October 6:46

Perhaps David Freud could devote some of his time to getting bankers into useful work

Leader: The Tories must walk progressive if they want to talk progressive
By Staff blogger - 08 October 6:46

There is an alarming disconnect between the Conservatives' rhetoric and their policies

Let’s talk about tax, Darling
By Mehdi Hasan - 08 October 6:46

The arguments against higher taxes fall apart under scrutiny. Darling must act in the pre-Budget rep

The Returning Officer
By Stephen Brasher - 08 October 6:46


It’s business as usual for the Tories
By James Macintyre - 08 October 6:46

The party may call themselves "progressive" but they remain unreconstructed on a host of issues

Was it Andy wot won it?
By Gideon Donald - 08 October 6:46

It should be the best of times. There is nothing that can quite top the sensation of being certain that one is about to win, yet having to keep quiet about it so as not to tempt the fates.

This crisis is far from over yet
By David Blanchflower - 08 October 6:46

In contrast to the UK, there is even talk in the US of the need for a second fiscal stimulus package

Why I became a Conservative
By Eric Pickles - 01 October 12:29

I joined the party as a protest against Soviet aggression

Pangloss, pills and dinner ladies
By Peter Wilby - 01 October 8:13

Gordon Brown should delay the election until 3 June.

What if... Thatcher had stayed in Grantham
By Dominic Sandbrook - 01 October 8:13

It is astonishing now to reflect that one of the biggest brands, not just in Britain, but in Europe, had such humble beginnings. “A ROBERTS Family Grocer and Provision Merchant", read the sign on the little Lincolnshire shop.

Alan Clark: the Biography
By Anthony Howard - 01 October 8:13

There is an obvious challenge facing any author seeking to tell the life story of Alan Clark.

Leader: Brown fights on to the last
By Staff blogger - 01 October 8:13

At conference, Brown was like a great warrior-king who knew that the end was near