That’s what Machiavelli can teach us
By Jonathan Powell - 18 October 9:06

Blair had the rare combination of luck, courage and instinct that guides all great leaders to succes

Could Clegg and Cameron end up expanding the state?
By Daniel Trilling - 16 October 15:26

John Gray assesses the fortunes of the coalition.

Our lives in their hands
By Daniel Trilling - 16 October 14:14

The death of an Angolan deportee raises questions about government use of private sector security fi

Roy Hattersley's warning to the coalition
By Daniel Trilling - 16 October 13:27

He attacks the myth of Victorian values and, by implication, Cameron's "Big Society" project.

The NS Interview: Nancy Rothwell, vice-chancellor, Manchester University
By Sophie Elmhirst - 15 October 13:26

“The cuts risk destroying things that can’t be brought back”

Don’t let social class divide our campuses
By Alice Miles - 15 October 13:03

Private schools are becoming antisocial enclaves for the super rich. The same could happen to our be

Word Games: Quango
By Sophie Elmhirst - 14 October 15:55

Probably the most unfortunate aspect of the word "quango" is the way it rhymes so perfectly with "tango".

Is time up for the unions?
By Roy Hattersley and Madsen Pirie - 14 October 9:18

Madsen Pirie of the Adam Smith Institute argues that unionism made itself redundant in the modern wo

Leader: The postman’s delivery
By Staff blogger - 14 October 8:17

Alan Johnson's self-deprecating wit belies a sharp mind.

Leader: A market in higher education would be calamitous
By Staff blogger - 14 October 8:17

Lord Browne's proposals would create a two-tier system and deter the poorest from applying.

The Blairite case for Ed Miliband
By John McTernan - 14 October 8:17

John McTernan, formerly Tony Blair’s political secretary, says the new Labour leader mustn’t be afra

AJ and George paper over the cracks
By Kevin Maguire - 14 October 8:17

Alan Johnson and George Osborne have one thing in common: both are sons of decorators.

Ed Miliband must not be defined by his enemies
By Mehdi Hasan - 14 October 8:17

The coalition’s rhetoric of Labour’s supposed “deficit denial” should not be indulged.

A dish best served cold? Labour's revenge on funding
By Oliver Willmott - 13 October 12:53

Politicians have avoided democratic accountability for student funding for years. They must stop pas

The best and worst of the Browne review
By Duncan Robinson - 12 October 18:08

Browne's plan will hurt students and hit middle-earners the hardest - but the money has to come from

Laurie Penny on rising tuition fees: A breathtaking attack on social mobility
By Laurie Penny - 12 October 17:30

Lifting the cap on tuition fees isn't just an attack on young people -- it's much, much worse than that.

David Puttnam’s challenge to the Culture Secretary
By Daniel Trilling - 12 October 16:21

Will Jeremy Hunt take up the offer of a public debate on the UK film industry?

Preview: NS Interview with Gore Vidal
By Daniel Trilling - 11 October 16:45

On David Cameron, Barack Obama and why he thinks America is heading for dictatorship.

Why an immigration amnesty could benefit British workers
By Matthew Partridge - 08 October 17:10

An amnesty for illegal immigrants can help boost their income, reducing socio-economic disparities.

Au revoir, dear readers, I am exiled to Main Street
By Gideon Donald - 08 October 12:01

To a surprisingly good restaurant, admittedly a good hour's drive from Birmingham, for the first "Etonians in Power" dinner.

So much for the importance of the family...
By Malcolm Wicks - 07 October 16:17

Cuts to child benefit undermine the family as well as the universal welfare state.

W J Brown
By Stephen Brasher - 07 October 8:09

William (W J) Brown was elected independent MP for Rugby during the Second World War, and held his seat in 1945.

Dave’s dye and Pickles’s pie
By Kevin Maguire - 07 October 8:09

To Birmingham for the Tory jamboree, where I discover that Citizen Dave has been at the hair dye again. Grey flecks on the temples of the people's toff were miraculously absent.

The cult of Cameron runs into trouble
By Mehdi Hasan - 07 October 8:09

Since David Cameron came to prominence five years ago, the media have given him an easy ride. But wi

The Conference Five | 6 October 2010
By Duncan Robinson - 06 October 12:49

Best of the mainstream and blogosphere coverage.

Gove favours headlines over real reform
By Duncan Robinson - 05 October 18:15

The education secretary's conference speech contained many gimmicks, but little that will actually i

The Conference Five | 5 October 2010
By Duncan Robinson - 05 October 15:35

Best of the mainstream and blogosphere coverage.

Laurie Penny: A divided society
By Laurie Penny - 05 October 11:50

The chasm in our society is no longer between left and right, but between rich and poor.

The Tories’ secret weapon
By Mehdi Hasan - 05 October 9:16

Sayeeda Warsi, chairman of the Conservative Party, talks to Mehdi Hasan about party tactics, Muslim

The mom supremacy
By Sophie Elmhirst - 05 October 9:12

America’s “mama grizzlies” – homely, conservative women with their hearts set on power – are easy to