Some 2,000 children pass through UK holding centres each year. Their imprisonment breaches a key UN
We will be hearing a lot more about "personalised" public services in 2008
Gerri Peev interviews Margaret Hodge about tax breaks for gaming companies and being a good shot
Parliament Square protester Brian Haw on Jenni Williams and the <a href="http://wozazimbabwe.org/">W
What will the Tory leader find in his festive stocking? Tara Hamilton-Miller sneaks a peek
A year ago, as the end appeared nigh for Tony Blair, a parlour game became fashionable in the narrow circle of Westminster journalists. Who, they wondered, would be the first columnist to recant his or her hostility to the outgoing leader and beg him to return?
Over the last decade the public and voluntary sectors have increasingly worked together, but is ther
Unless we cleanse the Augean stables, and that will involve a root and branch transformation of the
<a href="http://www.hrw.org/">Human Rights Watch's</a> UK director Tom Porteous outlines the stark c
Brian Coleman used his <a href="http://www.newstatesman.com/200712040002">blog</a> to take potshot a
Both party and unions have stayed silent for too long, for fear of letting in the Tories. But as politics drifts further to the right and Labour's essential identity is in real danger, there is more risk in not speaking up.
Branson is a shrewd businessman and there are advantages to his acquiring Northern Rock. But the pro
From: The Unit
Every year half a million women die in childbirth, deaths easily prevented. Here Sarah Brown, wife o
As the donation saga rumbles on, frustrated MPs tell our political editor, Martin Bright, that they
Ministers can't make children read.
The Tories are upbeat, but must prove they really are a "government-in-waiting".
For 150 years, John Stuart Mill has been the intellectual icon of the British left - but his ideas a
The other Boy David gets collared by stylists
The political relationship of Lord Ahmed and Baroness Warsi goes back a long way.
Opposition to the BNP makes for some curious political alliances
Machiavelli paved the way for modern forms of political enquiry - but to describe him as a political
A Tory MP challenges the government to come clean about the role spin doctors played in sexing-up th
The Labour funding scandal prompts Martin O'Neill to recall the T. Dan Smith case
An introduction to Machiavelli's infamous view of power politics
Sian Berry responds to the result of a Green referendum on having a party leader
The Observer's 4-page special on the funding scandal is essential reading. So are The Mail on Sunday
Goldsmith, the Greens, Miss World, Water Wars plus if one was given the opportunity to rule...
Peter Wilby on Australian voters and the vision thing