Jack the lad refuses re-education
By Kevin Maguire - 24 July 13:00

John Prescott looked in need of emergency dental treatment at a No 10 reception. A cabinet minister is adamant he glimpsed a couple of missing front teeth, but was unable to corroborate the state of Deputy Dawg's incisors.

It was the Beeb wot won it
By Peter Wilby - 24 July 13:00

Faced with what could be the biggest story in British political history, the papers were forced to r

Finally, the dirt is being dished
By Martin Bright - 24 July 13:00

People at the heart of the police inquiry into loans for peerages are singing like canaries

The toxic legacy of a nuclear future
By Staff blogger - 17 July 13:00

The DTI has lost its nerve in the face of global geopolitics – energy security has become as critica

Young, gifted and silent
By Martin Bright - 17 July 13:00

There's plenty of youthful talent in the cabinet, but none has yet shown any appetite for purging th

History: flux or narrative?
By John Gray - 17 July 13:00

Hegel's notion of progress is oddly relevant to today's politics, finds John Gray

Gordon's dashed daydreams
By Kevin Maguire - 17 July 13:00

Big Gordie's dream of reviving dowdy new Labour with a touch of telly glamour has been dashed. The queen of daytime TV, Lorraine Kelly, rebuffed the incoming premier's advances, I hear, and prefers her nicely upholstered sofa to the uncomfortable green benches of the Commons.

A common enemy
By John O'Farrell - 10 July 13:00

Observations on prejudice by <strong>John O'Farrell</strong>

The sham goes on
By Martin Bright - 10 July 13:00

Only one proposal put forward by Muslims who gathered to tackle the causes of extremism has been tak

Whips size up Old Testament Bob
By Kevin Maguire - 10 July 13:00

Nervous glances on the terrace over a letter from Jacqui "Miss Whiplash" Smith threatening to suspend rebellious Labour inmates, reducing the parliamentary committee to the role of rubber stamp.

Familiarity and contempt
By Martin Bright - 03 July 13:00

Brown is convinced he must confirm his centrist credentials to prepare for the takeover, but it is a

To bury Caesar
By Kevin Maguire - 26 June 13:00

Shenanigans in the British-Italian parliamentary group to leave Machiavelli blushing, with Emperor Edward Garnier paying a high price for three minutes' lateness.

Not Marx, Hazlitt
By Robert Taylor - 26 June 13:00

Observations on Blair's inspirations

Six months to save Labour
By Nick Cohen - 26 June 13:00

The government looks doomed, and it may even be heading for its own May 1997-style catastrophe. If

House party
By Francis Beckett - 19 June 13:00

<strong>Men Who Made Labour</strong>

Edited by Alan Haworth and Dianne Hayter <em>Routledge, 273pp

The stamping of little feet
By Kevin Maguire - 12 June 13:00

A passable My Little Pony tantrum from the socialite Chris Bryant when asked to sit on a panel created by Hazel Blears, chair of little Labour, and do some liaising with socialist comrades on the Continent.

The Pope blesses a PlayStation
By Red Box - 12 June 13:00

Prescott and Gordon arrange a peerage, Tony and Cherie pray for Africa, while Sarah sizes up the cur

Rory's week: The mother duck lesson
By Rory Bremner - 12 June 13:00

The bank holiday found me trying (unsuccessfully) to cast a line on the Tweed - not an activity you'd associate with the New Statesman, salmon fishing being more a Spectator sport.

Morality and the business of power
By Martin Bright - 12 June 13:00

At least one person involved in raising money for Labour may have made inappropriate approaches to p

Equality, croquet, Billy Bragg and me
By Martin Bright - 12 June 13:00

There is no policy he is not willing to shed in order to win back voters. But is David Cameron's pr

Village life - Kevin Maguire eats chips with the Chancellor
By Kevin Maguire - 05 June 13:00

Brownites ready to celebrate, Gordie eats chips, while shadowy Tory thwarts spooks

Pity the men in uniform
By Staff blogger - 05 June 13:00

British soldiers have been reduced to force protection, defending their own and making sorties on to

The nuclear wisdom of young Blair
By Jonathan Leake - 29 May 13:00

Observations on energy

Neighbours from hell
By Red Box - 29 May 13:00

Labour's woes

Village life - Kevin Maguire eavesdrops on an unhappy Minger
By Kevin Maguire - 29 May 13:00

An indiscreet Minger, a Tory with a green tinge, and a minister's sporting sacrifice

Forget happiness - give us equality
By Staff blogger - 29 May 13:00

Fashionable it may be, but it is a smokescreen for a bigger problem ignored by this government — ine

The politics column - Bring on a new democratic left
By David Clark - 29 May 13:00

There is a need for an authentic democratic left to reassert itself. Perhaps its inspiration could b

Recycling rage hits our doorsteps
By Marek Kohn - 29 May 13:00

Observations on waste

Village life - Kevin Maguire has a vision of Jack Straw, naked
By Kevin Maguire - 22 May 13:00

Strangers on a train, Jack laid bare, and a Chief Whip with a grudge

Stop the ugly attack on our human rights
By Staff blogger - 22 May 13:00

If you take the protection of the law away from any minority, however unpopular, you endanger all mi