Leader: A hung parliament could yet be the saving of Labour
By Staff blogger - 18 March 7:11

Progressive realignment in one party, like socialism in one country, doesn't work.

The Tories play it Coulson
By Kevin Maguire - 18 March 7:11

Andy "I Knew Nothing" Coulson is feeling the strain.

If Dave doesn’t win, it’s open season
By Rafael Behr - 18 March 7:11

If Cameron delivers only a small win, many Tories will consider him exposed as a charlatan.

Whelan and dealing
By George Eaton - 18 March 7:11

The Conservatives' decision to launch an all-out attack on Unite and its political director, Charlie Whelan, reveals concern that the union's marginals strategy will hurt the party.

Labour MP Ashok Kumar found dead
By Ian K Smith - 15 March 17:45

Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Ashok Kumar has died at the age of 53.

Brown’s a big softie
By Kevin Maguire - 15 March 8:41

Gordon Brown may be a lapel-grabber, pen-stubber and Nokia-thrower - allegedly - but Oop North, where Labour people are really hard, he would be derided as a big softie.

Why the Falklands must remain British
By Gerald Kaufman - 15 March 8:25

Hillary Clinton would be advised to keep her mouth shut.

The islands of black gold
By Peter Wilby - 15 March 7:23

Nobody dreamed in the 1970s that a few years later Britain would be waging war over the Falklands. N

The NS Interview: Tim Montgomerie
By Sophie Elmhirst - 12 March 7:08

“God is not a Conservative, but Christianity led me to the party”.

The Returning Officer
By Stephen Brasher - 11 March 7:08

Foot notes

Stick to Countdown, for God’s sake Carol
By Gideon Donald - 11 March 7:08

Another day, another shambles. And I'm lying low when who should, to use a Rawnsleyism, sashay into my office but Carol Vorderman.

Inside “Next Labour”
By James Macintyre - 11 March 7:08

Douglas Alexander and Ed Miliband are not only spearheading Labour’s election campaign, but leading

Swing when you’re winning
By Mike Smithson - 11 March 7:08

David Cameron and his party look short of the seats they need for a majority.

What if... There had been a 2007 election
By Dominic Sandbrook - 11 March 7:08

After winning a 21-seat majority, Brown invited the Lib Dems to join a centre-left coalition.

The “people like us” party
By George Eaton - 11 March 7:08

The post-election outlook for Labour's left isn't a promising one.

Paying the price for Ashcroft’s millions
By Mehdi Hasan - 11 March 7:08

Lord Paul has been described as the "Labour Ashcroft", yet the differences between them are stark.

Seeing Gordon’s best bits
By Mark Watson - 11 March 7:08

The Cameron-Brown-Clegg showdowns can't come soon enough. I'll probably buy the DVD box set.

Leader: Bungling over James Bulger
By Staff blogger - 11 March 7:08

The government is right not to reveal the reason why Jon Venables, one of the killers of the toddler James Bulger in Merseyside in 1993, has been returned to prison.

Leader: Labour is back on track with its high-speed rail promise
By Staff blogger - 11 March 7:08

Andrew Adonis's ambitious high-speed rail project proves that there are still good ideas coming from

"God bless the Muslims. They'll need it when they're burning in effing hell."
By Daniel Trilling - 05 March 16:25

The English Defence League marches on parliament.

Boy 'Band and his groupies
By Kevin Maguire - 05 March 11:39

Big brother must be green with envy at Miliband Jr's popularity. Ed, the Climate Secretary, is now so hot that fans give him the full pop-star treatment.

Leader: Mr Cameron, you’re no Barack Obama
By Staff blogger - 04 March 7:08

The Tories may have appropriated Barack Obama's "vote for change" slogan but they remain the party o

Campaign Cameron gets Miked up
By Gideon Donald - 04 March 7:08

"Let me assure you, we will be watching you very closely," said Gove to one of those faceless females who are drafted in to present Newsnight at the last minute, when it becomes obvious that Paxo has ordered a second

Why Slasher Osborne scares me
By David Blanchflower - 04 March 7:08

The shadow chancellor still has no credible plan to raise growth or lower unemployment.

Back in the race

Could Labour seize a surprise election victory? Cabinet ministers and pollsters reveal how the party

“I told David Cameron’s man to get lost”
By Mark Seddon - 04 March 7:08

Derek Simpson, Britain’s most powerful trade union leader, says that the unions shouldn’t talk to th

The zombies of Westminster
By Rafael Behr - 04 March 7:08

Cameron's team sees itself as the good guys but, viewed from the outside, the whole system is decomp

Don’t be so down on Brown
By Norman Lamont - 01 March 11:36

Gordon's not a Gorgon
I am not surprised that Gordon Brown has got a boost in the polls after his Piers Morgan interview. I thought he did himself a lot of good.

Tandrew Rawnsley’s 24-carat party people
By Gideon Donald - 01 March 8:01

"Did you fall asleep on the sunbed or is this new look intentional?" I asked, looking up from my copy of the less-for-the-same Observer.