Tony Benn (1925-2014): “I would be ashamed if I ever said anything I didn’t believe in”
By Emily Mann - 29 October 7:51

Does the Labour Party have any chance of winning the next election?

There’s nothing to debate about racism
By Mehdi Hasan - 29 October 7:51

On the issue of race and the rise of the far right, it is time to condemn a little more and understa

Our battle was begun on the playing fields of Eton
By Gideon Donald - 29 October 7:51

Our moment is months, weeks and - if you can be bothered to calculate it - days away, and Dave is ticking them down like a distressed schoolboy awaiting the end of an arduous Michaelmas term.

Bite-sized briefing: UK
By Staff blogger - 29 October 7:51

The CWU (Communication Workers Union) is taking legal advice about going to the high court to stop Royal Mail hiring 30,000 agency staff to cope with the backlog caused by strikes and Christmas.

Home is where the heartbreak is
By Samira Shackle - 29 October 7:51

Asylum-seeking women are especially vulnerable to persecution, but the British immigration system do

Rory Stewart, Who’s Who and clubs
By Jason Cowley - 29 October 7:51

Stewart is a man of action and a man of letters of a kind you no longer find in British politics

“We must move on from New Labour”
By James Macintyre - 29 October 7:51

The Westminster village would do well to listen to an emboldened Peter Hain

The battlefield of ideas
By Vernon Bogdanor - 29 October 7:51

In earlier decades, the atmosphere in the universities was
optimistic, heady even, stimulated by c

Trial by fury
By Dominic Sandbrook - 29 October 7:51

We live in an age when everyone is encouraged to have their say on Twitter or blogs. But, in our ang

Darling must not put VAT back up
By David Blanchflower - 29 October 7:51

The news that we are still in recession proves that this is no time to raise taxes

The Returning Officer
By Stephen Brasher - 29 October 7:51


What if... Britain had stayed out of the EEC
By Dominic Sandbrook - 29 October 7:51

The referendum on Britain's membership of the EEC is often forgotten today.

The Returning Officer
By Stephen Brasher - 22 October 8:48

Oxford, part 2

Leader: Why Britain must abort mission in Afghanistan
By Staff blogger - 22 October 8:48

There are no good options left for Britain in Afghanistan. Brown should set a date for withdrawal

Not suitable for kids
By Daniel Trilling - 22 October 8:48

We continue to call for an end to child detention

John Pilger on why the postal strike is our strike
By John Pilger - 22 October 8:48

New Labour has done its best to destroy the Post Office as a public institution. Postal workers deserve better.

No, Lucy, I’m not trying to “touch” voters
By Fran Reddington - 22 October 8:48

It's always a relief when the conference circus is over and we can return to the meat of government

Bite-sized briefing: UK
By Staff blogger - 22 October 8:48

National postal strikes are set to go ahead on 22 and 23 October, despite intensive last-minute discussions between Royal Mail and the Communication and Workers Union.

How the BNP came in from the cold
By James Macintyre - 22 October 8:48

Question Time's grotesque stunt has allowed the BNP to enter the political mainstream. There is now

What if... Ugly Rumours had made it
By Dominic Sandbrook - 22 October 8:48

He is one of the most recognisable figures in modern British culture, whose trembling pronouncements from his Los Angeles home have entertained millions.

Metropolis now
By Sophie Elmhirst - 22 October 8:48

Before the financial crisis, New York and London walked hand in hand as “the two greatest cities in

The wrong war, being PC and Bono
By Mehdi Hasan - 22 October 8:48

Joe Biden could yet rescue the Obama presidency from a military quagmire in Afghanistan

How to get arrested before you've done anything wrong
By Bibi van der Zee - 22 October 8:48

It's discomfiting when you talk to a Danish activist about policing techniques and she describes the "English method" as "picking up a few specific people and pre-arresting protesters".

The Beeb dances to its own beat
By Anne McElvoy - 15 October 8:38

Opportunistic politicians should remember the BBC is a public-service, not a state, broadcaster

The Returning Officer
By Stephen Brasher - 15 October 8:38

Oxford, part 1

The absolute swine
By Gideon Donald - 15 October 8:38

In the interests of public health, it behoves me to announce that I was suffering from a maximally virulent strain of swine flu in Blackpool last week.

Leader: The Tories’ peculiar bedfellows in Europe
By Staff blogger - 15 October 8:38

This Eurosceptic alliance is a product of moral and intellectual laziness

Bite-sized briefing: UK
By Staff blogger - 15 October 8:38

MPs' expenses returned to the news agenda as parliament opened. Hundreds of MPs were sent letters by Sir Thomas Legg, the auditor, detailing their misdemeanours.

Your cash in their pockets
By Mehdi Hasan - 15 October 8:38

The MPs' expenses scandal is back - but did you hear about the one who paid off a private mortgage while billing the taxpayer for a loan on his second home?

Labour still has one life left
By James Purnell - 15 October 8:38

The centre-left is not in the moribund state some imagine