No place for children
By Alice O'Keeffe - 13 December 12:00

Some 2,000 children pass through UK holding centres each year. Their imprisonment breaches a key UN

A year when the personal became political
By Peter Wilby - 13 December 12:00

We will be hearing a lot more about "personalised" public services in 2008

Getting a return for your creativity
By Gerri Peev - 13 December 12:00

Gerri Peev interviews Margaret Hodge about tax breaks for gaming companies and being a good shot

It could have been me
By Brian Haw - 13 December 12:00

Parliament Square protester Brian Haw on Jenni Williams and the <a href="">W

Happy Christmas, Dave
By Tara Hamilton-Miller - 13 December 12:00

What will the Tory leader find in his festive stocking? Tara Hamilton-Miller sneaks a peek

After a traumatic start, is Brown daring to show greater courage?
By Staff blogger - 13 December 0:00

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?

The state of the voluntary sector
By Rod Dacombe - 10 December 14:10

Over the last decade the public and voluntary sectors have increasingly worked together, but is ther

Tony Robinson's warning to Labour
By Tony Robinson - 07 December 17:23

Unless we cleanse the Augean stables, and that will involve a root and branch transformation of the

'Rot here or die there'
By Tom Porteous - 07 December 9:21

<a href="">Human Rights Watch's</a> UK director Tom Porteous outlines the stark c

Hockney bites back
By Damian Hockney - 06 December 16:57

Brian Coleman used his <a href="">blog</a> to take potshot a

Jon Cruddas and Jon Trickett: How New Labour turned toxic
By Jon Cruddas and Jon Trickett - 06 December 12:00

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.

Is the Rock Virgin territory?
By Alex Brummer - 06 December 12:00

Branson is a shrewd businessman and there are advantages to his acquiring Northern Rock. But the pro

Tactical Briefing
By Staff blogger - 06 December 12:00

From: The Unit

To: GB

Subject: Zingers

Mothers betrayed
By Sarah Brown - 06 December 12:00

Every year half a million women die in childbirth, deaths easily prevented. Here Sarah Brown, wife o

Breaking point
By Martin Bright - 06 December 12:00

As the donation saga rumbles on, frustrated MPs tell our political editor, Martin Bright, that they

Leave it to the professionals
By Peter Wilby - 06 December 12:00

Ministers can't make children read.

Strictly no swaggering
By Tara Hamilton-Miller - 06 December 12:00

The Tories are upbeat, but must prove they really are a "government-in-waiting".

Accidental hero
By David Marquand - 06 December 12:00

For 150 years, John Stuart Mill has been the intellectual icon of the British left - but his ideas a

The whispers
By Kevin Maguire - 06 December 0:00

The other Boy David gets collared by stylists

A Holy Alliance
By Martin Bright - 04 December 15:50

The political relationship of Lord Ahmed and Baroness Warsi goes back a long way.

United with Livingstone
By Brian Coleman - 04 December 11:43

Opposition to the BNP makes for some curious political alliances

A Galileo of politics?
By Maureen Ramsay - 04 December 10:41

Machiavelli paved the way for modern forms of political enquiry - but to describe him as a political

Spin doctors and the Iraq war
By Chris Ames - 03 December 16:22

A Tory MP challenges the government to come clean about the role spin doctors played in sexing-up th

Labour's friends in the north
By Martin O'Neill - 03 December 16:14

The Labour funding scandal prompts Martin O'Neill to recall the T. Dan Smith case

Machiavelli: good to be bad
By Maureen Ramsay - 03 December 10:26

An introduction to Machiavelli's infamous view of power politics

Greens to have a leader
By Sian Berry - 03 December 9:57

Sian Berry responds to the result of a Green referendum on having a party leader

Labour's Dangerous Donors
By Martin Bright - 02 December 19:10

The Observer's 4-page special on the funding scandal is essential reading. So are The Mail on Sunday

If I were Tory leader and other matters
By Ben Davies - 01 December 9:43

Goldsmith, the Greens, Miss World, Water Wars plus if one was given the opportunity to rule...

Rudd was a safe bet
By Peter Wilby - 29 November 12:00

Peter Wilby on Australian voters and the vision thing

Grim up north?
By Tara Hamilton-Miller - 29 November 12:00

While Brown suffers, all is not totally rosy in the Cameron garden, either.