Leader: Time for our politicians to speak the truth about tax rises
By Staff blogger - 15 April 8:07

The inconvenient truth is that, without tax rises, we will never be able to close the fiscal gap.

Efficiency, Murdoch and summer time
By Peter Wilby - 07 April 12:19

So-called "efficiency savings" will lead to a decline in the quality of public services.

Only idiots need apply for the battle bus
By Gideon Donald - 05 April 10:12

"We obviously still can't say 'toilet'." Thus spoke Colonel Fawn, also known as the editor of Gentlemen's Quarterly, Dylan Jones ("A classy ambassador", the Guardian), at our initial meeting to discuss his em

How to read the polls
By Peter Kellner - 02 April 11:06

The return of the economy to growth explains why Labour has narrowed the gap on the Tories.

Gordon Brown’s hot date
By Kevin Maguire - 01 April 15:25

Why Brown decided to go for a May election.

Change is more than just a word
By Steve Richards - 01 April 8:11

Cameron’s strategic use of language suggests a Tory party that is modern and reformed, but scratch b

The Returning Officer
By Stephen Brasher - 01 April 8:11

Playwrights

Leader: Lights, camera, reaction: Brown and the TV debates
By Staff blogger - 01 April 8:11

With the press more hostile to Labour than at any time since 1992, the leaders' debates are an oppor

Watch the 2010 Budget Briefing
By Staff blogger - 30 March 14:20

Highlights of the New Statesman/Weber Shandwick post-Budget event.

Less nanny state, more caring mate
By Geoffrey Wheatcroft - 29 March 8:13

Welfare was designed to improve our lives, but hasn’t. What we need is a compromise between Fabian-s

Dave’n’Sam’s exciting election bump
By Gideon Donald - 26 March 8:19

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace . . .

Sam gets ready to stand by her pram
By Sophie Elmhirst - 26 March 8:06

There's no escape from media obsession for modern political wives. But it seems they're only too wil

Politics is not a parlour game
By Roy Hattersley - 25 March 20:45

Roy Hattersley responds to Anthony Barnett’s New Statesman essay “Hang ’em”.

The Prime Monster gets cuddly
By Kevin Maguire - 25 March 12:33

Brown has become all touchy-feely since the Prime Monster bullying row.

Will Darling budge in May?
By James Macintyre - 25 March 7:06

The Labour Chancellor fought off opponents in the party and earned a reputation during the financial

What if ... 1974 had hung differently
By Dominic Sandbrook - 25 March 7:06

With commentators beside themselves at the prospect of a hung parliament in May, many have raised the spectre of the February 1974 election, when Ted Heath asked voters to choose between the government and the miners.

Big society, smarter state, little hope
By Rafael Behr - 25 March 7:06

Political ambition and imagination have been downsized by the recession. Politics itself is shrinkin

Leader: This Budget was an elaborate pause before the storm
By Staff blogger - 25 March 7:06

We must think our way towards a more stable model for combining redistribution with growth.

Hold tight, Alistair – it’s going to be a bumpy ride
By David Blanchflower - 25 March 7:06

The risks of a downgrade in the UK’s credit rating are low, but a double-dip recession remains disti

The choice before Labour
By Jason Cowley - 22 March 8:28

Labour needs to understand why so many of its natural supporters feel estranged from the party.

Let ’em hang? Not so fast
By David Marquand - 22 March 8:27

A hung parliament is still likely to result in a Tory government led by David Cameron, an economic i

Hang ’em high with this election
By Anthony Barnett - 22 March 7:37

New Labour wasted an unprecedented opportunity to reform Britain economically and politically and cr

The NS interview: Armando Iannucci
By Sophie Elmhirst - 20 March 0:28

“Satire is a black-and-white programme with Dudley Moore”

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.

D’you want my lightning Boulton or my nice but Dimbleby?
By Gideon Donald - 18 March 7:11

The polls are chaotic, the public thinks that we, not Labour, will raise taxes, and Nick Clegg is so smug at the prospect of dominating the news agenda for the duration of a hung parliament that he looks fit to explode.

The Lib Dem dilemma
By James Macintyre - 18 March 7:11

Chris Huhne, a former Labour man, is reluctant to rule out a
Tory-Liberal coalition. But he must k

Leader: In fear of the petrolheads
By Staff blogger - 18 March 7:11

In the pursuit of electoral success, it is wise to expect the unexpected.

Turning the tides
By Mike Smithson - 18 March 7:11

Churn changes
So many pollsters are carrying out general election surveys now - each with its own approaches and baselines - that the best way to get the

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