No time for comedy...
By Jonathan Calder - 06 January 9:56

The economic crisis, the relentless attacks on Gaza and a very real threat to trainspotting. Jonatha

Bloggers on 2009
By Paul Evans - 05 January 9:19

The best of the predictions for the new year - Paul Evans trawls the blogosphere on your behalf

Banning Christmas
By Paul Evans - 19 December 15:14

The blogosphere tries to cope with Christmas, the curious news that William Hague is still Tory lead

Political predictions for 2009
By James Macintyre - 18 December 9:44

James Macintyre taps the political barometer

A Christmas cartoon
By David Simonds - 18 December 9:44

Strictly done dancing

A year of ups and downs
By Martin Bright - 18 December 9:44

What a difference a year made - and for no one more so than Gordon Brown, who earns five of my covet

Luck is playing the guitar
By Gideon Donald - 18 December 9:44

It is a burden carried by the patrician politician that he is assumed to be a good listener.

Books of the Year 2008
By Ian Irvine - 18 December 9:44

Selected by Ian Irvine, NS books editor

Tactical Briefing
By Jesse Armstrong - 18 December 9:44

From: The Unit

To: GB

Subject: A cruel Yule

Their right to liberty
By Alice O'Keeffe - 18 December 9:44

The NS campaign against holding children in immigration detention centres has gathered powerful supp

An excess of yo-ho-hoing
By Kevin Maguire - 18 December 9:44

All the gossip from the Westminster Village

Golden thread, national myth
By Tom Holland - 18 December 9:44

Those behind the new Labour revolution are beginning to realise that to discard our heritage is also

Politics is broken
By Nick Clegg - 16 December 9:35

People in this country are governed by processes that feel alien to their lives; by the puerile and

The drugs do work...
By Siobhan Jones - 15 December 13:12

Your morning coffee helps you wake up, become more alert and gets you through that 8.00am meeting -

Mystic Mart
By Martin Bright - 15 December 13:06

I've just been re-reading my predications for 2008. How do you think I did?

Labour's illiberal home secretaries
By Jeremy Sare - 15 December 11:23

What is it about the office of home secretary that makes perfectly decent politicians turn away from

Brown: hero or humourless steamroller?
By Paul Evans - 12 December 12:36

The best of the politics blogs with, this week, no small amount of amusement about Gordon Brown's 's

Democracy not fundamentalism
By Peter Black - 12 December 12:13

Welsh Assembly member Peter Black reports on his battle to protect freedom of speech from what he be

The Provos' big mistake
By Gary Kent - 11 December 9:44

<strong>Gunsmoke and Mirrors: How Sinn Fein Dressed Up Defeat as Victory</strong>

Henry McDonald

Community chest
By Liana Wood - 11 December 9:44

Observations on local organisers

Lunchtime notes
By Peter Wilby - 11 December 9:44

<strong>The Hugo Young Papers: Thirty Years of British Politics - Off the Record</strong>


Blunkett is coming back
By James Macintyre - 11 December 9:44

Contrary to reports, there will be no general election in 2009. But stand by for the surprise return

Persistent empire
By Owen Hatherley - 11 December 9:44

<strong>The Liberal Defence of Murder</strong>

Richard Seymour

<em>Verso, 358pp, £16.99</em>

When Ali C made Labour’s tea
By Kevin Maguire - 11 December 9:44

All the gossip from the Westminster Village

New best friends
By Richard Reeves - 11 December 9:44

Old political certainties are in tatters, but as <strong>Gordon Brown</strong> and David Cameron str

Lord Kagan, Lord Snooty and a romantic Lady
By Bernard Donoughue - 11 December 9:44

I didn't go to the Queen's Speech, partly because I don't look good in ermine drag...

The two-man show
By Martin Bright - 11 December 9:44

It can be hard to believe <strong>James Purnell</strong> and <strong>Ed Balls</strong> are in the sa

The wars of too many words
By Brian Cathcart - 11 December 9:44

Since the <em>Independent</em> offered its readers more on Saturday, bulk has been the weapon of cho

Stalin's lovechild
By Jonathan Calder - 08 December 11:13

The rozzers enter Westminster without a warrant, help themselves to the contents of an MP’s office a

'Hain victim of rotten rules'
By Denis MacShane - 05 December 16:22

The idea Peter Hain's ministerial career should come to an end by fiat of some anonymous public offi