Leader: Electoral change – glimmers of hope?
By Staff blogger - 05 November 5:55

Electoral reform remains the key to unlocking democracy in this country

Brussels is back with a vengeance
By James Macintyre - 05 November 5:55

The ratification of the Lisbon Treaty creates new dilemmas for David Cameron-and for David Miliband

The Returning Officer
By Stephen Brasher - 05 November 5:55

The Wrekin

What if... England had qualified in '74
By Dominic Sandbrook - 05 November 5:55

It is October 1973, and England are playing Poland at Wembley in a crucial World Cup qualifier. The score is 1-1, and Sir Alf Ramsey's team, once emblematic of the Swinging Sixties, are crashing out of the competition.

Our future in their hands
By Steve Richards - 05 November 5:55

It is a myth that David Cameron and George Osborne have no ideas – from elected police chiefs to par

I have to admit, I love it when there’s talk of Tony
By Fran Reddington - 05 November 5:55

It's not that I'm not a supporter of GB. It's just that he definitely doesn't know my name

Drugs rows, Aids denial and the post
By Peter Wilby - 05 November 5:55

Legalising all drugs would raise billions in revenue

Poppy pushers
By Kevin Maguire - 05 November 5:55

The Labour staffer had a wild glint in his eye as he claimed a knock-out win for Gordon Brown over David Cameron at Prime Minister's Questions: his man was wearing a poppy, the leader of the opposition wasn't.

Good idea: Trust the experts
By Alyssa McDonald - 05 November 5:55

As contenders for the title "good idea" go, making a public speech denouncing government drug policy, when you are an adviser to the government on said policy, is not an obvious front-runner.

Tony Benn portrait shoot
By Staff blogger - 29 October 13:19

An exclusive portrait shoot of Tony Benn at his London home by renowned photographer Philip Sinden.

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Q&A: Dominic Sandbrook
By George Eaton and Samira Shackle - 29 October 10:50

The historian discusses his essay on the return of the politics of the mob

“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.

Poverty impoverishes us all
By Phillip Blond - 29 October 7:51

Cameron's Tories, unlike the left, recognise that we are in social as well as economic crisis

Leader: George Osborne: what is your plan B?
By New Statesman - 29 October 7:51

The complacency of the political classes may yet send Britain into a depression.

Alpha mail
By Daniel Trilling - 29 October 7:51

Until he surfaced recently Royal Mail boss Adam Crozier had stayed strangely quiet

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.

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?

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

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.

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