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

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.

Alastair Campbell, Chilcot and snow
By Peter Wilby - 14 January 6:27

The Chilcot inquiry is a win-win for Blair and Campbell

“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

What if .... Harold Wilson had been a spy
By Dominic Sandbrook - 14 January 6:27

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

Edward the contender
By Steve Richards - 14 January 6:27

Amid renewed speculation over Gordon Brown’s leadership, Ed Balls is portrayed by many as the villai

Payroll politics and Labour’s London hope
By George Eaton - 14 January 6:27

The woman hoping to win Bethnal Green and Bow back for Labour and how the payroll vote has grown und

Leader: It’s time to pass the baton to the next generation
By Staff blogger - 14 January 6:27

Labour's future depends on the intellectual baton being handed to its brightest thinkers

The Luton protesters should not have been convicted
By Peter Tatchell - 12 January 12:15

Fight bigots with rational argument, not repression

On a dummy run with New Year’s Dave
By Gideon Donald - 08 January 8:15

They criticise us for premature electioneering, yet it was the wretched media that fired the starting pistol. "With an election imminent, can you tell us what you will do about X, Y and Z?" they ask.

Young and wasted
By Francis Beckett - 08 January 8:15

The baby boomers had everything – free education, free health care and remarkable personal liberties

Bottom of the class

In the second part of our series on poverty,
Jon Cruddas and Jonathan Rutherford argue that the

Switching suppliers and minor flyers
By Peter Wilby - 07 January 6:30

The great sociologist Richard Sennett has often written about how a sense of long-term commitment - to an employer, job or skill - has all but disappeared from working life.

Donations, insinuations and tactical votes
By George Eaton - 07 January 6:30

Labour's increasing dependency on trade union donations may yet become a campaign issue

Speaker cornered
By James Macintyre - 07 January 6:30

John Bercow’s attempts to reform parliament are being threatened by a small cabal of right-wing Tory

Brown is rocked but he won’t roll over
By James Macintyre - 07 January 6:30

The only prospect of Brown's removal is for him to step down voluntarily. But there is nothing in hi