Managing chaos
By Francis Beckett - 07 August 13:00

<strong>Plundering the Public Sector: how new Labour are letting consultants run off with £70bn of o

Why uni makes Bob feel sick
By Kira Cochrane - 31 July 13:00

Once upon a time (well, specifically about nine months ago) there was a fictional sixth-form boy, living on a council estate, who wanted to go to university. Let's call him Bob.

A gathering storm
By Ed Owen - 31 July 13:00

Observations on immigration

Whitehall: John Reid's no-win quick-win situation
By Nick Cohen - 31 July 13:00

Soon after he became Home Secretary, John Reid met the heads of all the directorates and departments of the Home Office. His predecessor Charles Clarke had been forced to resign because of a basic bureaucratic failure to manage foreign prisoners.

Parents go to court
By Fiona Millar - 31 July 13:00

Observations on academies

Recharging the batteries
By Red Box - 31 July 13:00

Tony produces the perfect gift for Baby James, Cherie's Italian lessons go to waste, but the Blairs

The merits of the socialist picnic
By Kevin Maguire - 31 July 13:00

Spied on the yellowing grass of St James's Park: the socialist renewal picnic wing of the Parliamentary Labour Party.

Reasons to be cheerful
By Martin Bright - 31 July 13:00

The pensions reforms show that when the government thinks long and hard about something, it can get

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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