Pope on the ropes, and Maggie’s soap
By Peter Wilby - 04 February 6:28

When I became the editor of the New Statesman in 1998, several readers protested after I appointed Cristina Odone, a prominent Roman Catholic, as my deputy.

Cameron is worse than we imagined. Much worse
By Dominic Sandbrook - 04 February 6:28

2015 – David Cameron’s Tories have been in power for
five years, Britain is ravaged by deep cuts,

Leader: It need not be a nightmare on Cameron Street
By Staff blogger - 04 February 6:28

David Cameron's opposition to electoral reform means the Conservatives are once more the party of th

Who’s going to “do a Portillo” this time round?
By George Eaton - 04 February 6:28

The Tories are aggressively targeting Ed Balls's seat

Forget Blair – it’s Brown or bust
By Mehdi Hasan - 04 February 6:28

"Brown can't win" will become a self-fulfilling prophecy unless Labour casts it aside.

What if . . . Enoch Powell had had a cold
By Dominic Sandbrook - 01 February 8:12

Over Easter 1968 the MP for Wolverhampton South-West, Enoch Powell, went down with a heavy cold. He had been planning to deliver a speech to a Tory group in his native Birmingham. He had even prepared a text for the press.

Tony’s attempt at war was just bloody bad form
By Gideon Donald - 29 January 10:35

It seemed timely, with the Grand War Criminal about to appear before Chilcot, for those of us on the side of the angels to hammer out our precise justifications for a war, should we desire one.

Nine Wartime Lives: Mass Observation and the Making of the Modern Self
By Vernon Bogdanor - 29 January 10:34

In a democracy, so Robert Worcester, founder of MORI, tells us, public opinion is king.

Beware the power of the tweet
By Will Straw - 28 January 14:33

Political parties need to leave the old command-and-control structures behind

Leaders’ debates 0, football dates 1
By George Eaton - 28 January 7:06

First cut is the deepest

Mad stares, Thatcher and dodgy stats
By Peter Wilby - 28 January 7:06

New Labour has proved capitalism's best defence against social-democratic change

By Stephen Brasher - 28 January 7:06

Marmaduke Constable MP fought at Flodden Field in 1513 and was a knight of the shire for Yorkshire, then for Warwickshire.

Leader: We are still teetering on the edge of a perilous cliff
By Staff blogger - 28 January 7:06

Neither main party has a convincing policy for growth

The bulletproof case against Blair
By Mehdi Hasan - 28 January 7:06

In the build-up to the invasion of Iraq, our prime minister insisted that he didn’t want war – yet h

Who puts out the rubbish?
By Ben Ferguson - 25 January 14:09

When Britain signed the EC Landfill Directive in 1999, we should have entered an era in which waste-

Carrots, not sticks
By Samira Shackle - 25 January 13:51

The head of the Environment Agency favours tough action against polluters – but won’t support puniti

Closing the circle
By Peter Jones - 25 January 12:38

We’re only beginning to understand where waste actually comes from, and how to go about reducing it

Dave and the Hairdresser’s Dilemma
By Gideon Donald - 22 January 9:10

It is safe to say our leader-in-waiting, as probably the only non-scholarship boy in Eton's (to use one of the few Americanisms I can abide) storied history to have housed a Corby trouser press in his room, might be described

Born again or Brown again?
By Staff blogger - 21 January 7:37

We asked Labour insiders and commentators who should be the next leader of the Labour Party – now or

Rod Liddle, class and Pinter’s poetry
By Peter Wilby - 21 January 7:37

The split among Labour leaders, we are told, is between those who want to appeal to the working-class "core vote" and those who prefer to woo the middle classes.

Don’t be fooled, Dave is no dove
By Mehdi Hasan - 21 January 7:37

Cameron continues to defend the Iraq war and his shadow cabinet is brimming with hawks

Leader: The London summit won’t bring peace to Afghanistan
By Staff blogger - 21 January 7:37

The Afghanistan war remains unwinnable. Britain should be making plans to withdraw

“The danger is being outgoverned, rather than outgunned”
By David Miliband - 21 January 7:37

We must prevent Afghanistan becoming a crucible once again for attacks against the rest of the world

Voters will be watching house prices
By George Eaton - 21 January 7:37

Financial gains

See-sawing Clegg must decide
By James Macintyre - 21 January 7:37

Liberal Democrat MPs and strategists are pushing for Clegg to rule out an alliance with the Tories

What if... Harold Wilson had been a spy
By Dominic Sandbrook - 15 January 8:54

“It was all a misunderstanding," Mary Wilson says quietly, her hands cradling a cup of tea. "Harold never meant to let anybody down."

The shock of the new
By Caroline Stagg - 14 January 16:04

In 1948, when the National Health Service was born, its structures were designed to provide reliable and comprehensive medical treatment for everyone, dealing with health emergencies and one-off illness.

“Listen, he’s got a book to sell . . .”
By James Macintyre - 14 January 6:27

In an exclusive interview Douglas Alexander rebuts Peter Watt's claims and insists he's on good term

Why I turned on Gordon Brown
By Peter Watt - 14 January 6:27

For some, I have unforgivably stepped outside the political tribal system. But loyalty is a two-way

Four signs point to the double dip
By David Blanchflower - 14 January 6:27

The UK economy appears to have taken another turn for the worse