Financial literacy
By Staff blogger - 09 January 12:00

Round-table discussion

The insider - Kevin Maguire enjoys a prank
By Kevin Maguire - 09 January 12:00

That serial cabinet resigner Alan Milburn is back as the outgoing leader's counsel on public service reform, a process known, in the Tory era, as privatisation.

The politics column - Richard Reeves
By Richard Reeves - 09 January 12:00

Maybe an MP or two might cross the floor to Cameron. Could Shaun Woodward do it twice? (Churchill di

The failure to rebuild Iraq
By Staff blogger - 09 January 12:00

It was Tony Blair who brought history into it. That was in a speech to the US Congress in July 2003, when he declared that he was "confident history will forgive" those who, a couple of months earlier, had destroyed the "threat" from Saddam Hussein.

Darcus Howe predicts the rise of an Islamic party
By Darcus Howe - 19 December 12:00

There will be more suicide bombers, and I won't be surprised if an Islamic political party emerges

A year in politics
By Paul Routledge - 19 December 12:00

As Blair's revolution limps into its final stage, writers are asking where it all went wrong

Too many stones unturned
By Heather Brooke - 19 December 12:00

Observations on secrecy

Life through the lens
By David Puttnam - 19 December 12:00

Films have never just been about entertainment - they have also been a powerful force for social cha

The politics review of the year - Martin Bright
By Martin Bright - 19 December 12:00

Only dedicated conspiracy theorists believed the threat was invented by the intelligence services, b

NS Essay - 'It's noticeable how little historical perspective and sweep many MPs have, particularly when discussing something big such as Iraq'
By Greg Neale - 19 December 12:00

History may be fashionable on television and in the bookshops, but our politicians understand it les

Rory's year on the funny side
By Rory Bremner - 19 December 12:00

If ever I need cheering up I only have to think of IDS delivering the line: "The quiet man is here t

Kevin Maguire's village feast
By Kevin Maguire - 19 December 12:00

A year of name-calling, backstabbing and plots: business as usual in the den of iniquity

Reasons to be cheerful (part one)
By Staff blogger - 19 December 12:00

It is one of the enduring perceptions of the modern left - politicians and journalists alike - that it is more eloquent in its criticisms than its prescriptions. Therefore, at the end of this year of all years, it would be only proper to celebrate progress where it has been achieved.

Tony unfettered
By Francis Beckett - 19 December 12:00

2006 - Blair's last year : From a vantage point in early 2007, Francis Beckett looks back on the PM'

The media column - Peter Wilby
By Peter Wilby - 12 December 12:00

There is rarely any point reading to the end of a politician's article; you know exactly where he or

Andrew Billen - Tough at the top
By Andrew Billen - 12 December 12:00

Television - The rigours of political life ease if you can cash in afterwards, writes Andrew Billen

No sex, no drugs: wooing the Saffys
By William Higham - 12 December 12:00

James is watching his favourite rock band. Dressed in black, he dances aggressively, his lip and eyebrow pierced, tattoo on his forearm. He might seem a typical teenager, but his Gothic exterior conceals a different attitude.

The business column - Patrick Hosking
By Patrick Hosking - 12 December 12:00

The seven years the new Tory leader spent in PR left few business journalists with a kind word to sa

How to make him sweat
By Martin Bright - 12 December 12:00

For the first time since 1997, Labour's inner circles sense there is a real opposition and, what's m

Village life - Kevin Maguire bets Dave downloads on his own
By Kevin Maguire - 12 December 12:00

How Willy loses a fortune, Boy George has early night and Ali C puts on the frighteners

Dave's here. Don't panic!
By Staff blogger - 12 December 12:00

One part of the new Labour psyche has been consistently misdiagnosed. Far from suffering from an overdose of self-belief, Tony Blair's lieutenants have shown all the signs of lack of confidence.

Gordon tells families: it's good to talk
By Donald Hirsch - 12 December 12:00

Observations on tax credits

Battle of the benches
By Robert Verkaik - 05 December 12:00

Blair and co outraged the judges by undermining their independence, but cutting their pensions may b

Rory's week - Rory Bremner imagines Michael Howard as a witch
By Rory Bremner - 05 December 12:00

Adair Turner's proposal that those approaching retirement should carry on in their jobs for another

Village life - Kevin Maguire doubts the Medway Mauler's truce
By Kevin Maguire - 05 December 12:00

The PM bothered, a missing overcoat, big-money ranters and niggles in the Labour ranks

Our greed for energy will be our downfall
By Staff blogger - 05 December 12:00

The question is not: can we sustain our energy supply without learning to love nuclear? It is, or at least should be: can Britain and similar countries sustain present levels of energy consumption without causing economic instability and environmental disaster?

NS Interview - Ruth Kelly
By Mary Riddell - 05 December 12:00

'You just have to take people on and show you're serious about creating a fair society'. Ruth Kelly

Electoral terrorism
By Richard Berry - 05 December 12:00

Observations on dead candidates

For whom the decibels toll
By Andrew Martin - 05 December 12:00

Special report - The night before Andrew Martin took his first flight, at the age of 13, he couldn't

Panic in Whitehall
By Martin Bright - 05 December 12:00

Exclusive - For three months, behind the scenes, senior civil servants have been trying to stem an o