The overseas aid Bill is UK's chance to remain a global leader in fighting poverty
By Mark Goldring - 05 December 8:13

Today, MPs will vote on whether the government should commit to the international development budget remaining at 0.7 per cent of GDP.

Coalition demolition? The Lib Dems’ foolish Autumn Statement response
By Anoosh Chakelian - 04 December 16:58

How the Lib Dems have handled the government’s penultimate financial set-piece shows us coalition is dead, at a time when it's crucial to keep it alive.

The party's plans would allow it to shield services from the worst. But for fear of appearing profligate it won't say so.
Labour would cut much less than the Tories. Will it dare say so?
By George Eaton - 04 December 16:38

The party's plans would allow it to shield services from the worst. But for fear of appearing profligate it won't tell voters. 

Tricky Dicky: Richard Desmond in June. Photo: Getty
Common Confidential: Dirty Des flirts with Nige to make Dave jealous
By Kevin Maguire - 04 December 15:42

My informant whispered that Dirty Des is frustrated that a £1.2bn fortune has bought him everything except respect.

The launch of the Set Her Free campaign at Westminster. Photo: Abbie Traylor-Smith
The New Statesman Christmas campaign 2014: end the detention of women seeking asylum
By New Statesman - 04 December 15:22

More than 400 women are detained in Yarl’s Wood, despite the fact that they have committed no crime. Join the NS.com Christmas campaign to set them free. 

Scotland and Trident: two words Ed Miliband can’t afford to ignore
By Kate Hudson - 04 December 14:20

Unless Ed Miliband changes course on Trident replacement, Labour risks losing not only the general election, but losing its Scottish heartland for good.

Desperate times: a food bank in Brixton, south London. Photo: Getty
Leader: A conspiracy of silence over the austerity ahead
By New Statesman - 04 December 14:04

The problem the Chancellor now faces is that, after almost five years of emphasising the need for tough choices, the public is inclined to think the work of austerity is done. It is not.

Tory MP Mark Pritchard has been arrested on suspicion of rape
By Anoosh Chakelian - 04 December 12:01

The Conservative MP Mark Pritchard has been arrested following an allegation of rape.

Anonymous activists meet in Brisbane wearing signature Guy Fawkes masks, 14 November. Photo: Getty
The limits of hacker activism: if you really want to change the world, you need not to be Anonymous
By Helen Lewis - 04 December 10:00

Activism is utterly impossible if you have no way of keeping track of your fellow activists and of forming even weak ties with them.

Pulled apart but pulling together: nurses clear debris from a bombed-out ward of St Peter's Hospital in Stepney, April 1941
Welfare wrapped in a patriotic flag: the importance of Toynbee Hall
By John Bew - 04 December 10:00

Beveridge and Attlee shaped their politics at Toynbee Hall, in the East End of London. As this beacon of social reform prepares to mark its 130th anniversary, we recall its role in the making of modern Britain and draw lessons for today.

Autumn Statement 2014 fallout: 60 per cent of cuts still to come
By Anoosh Chakelian - 04 December 8:33

The main lesson to take from George Osborne's pre-budget announcements this week is that the worst of austerity is yet to come.

Having already trimmed Whitehall of fat, the next government will cut into bone. But no party will utter this truth.
All the main parties are united in a conspiracy of silence about the scale of austerity to come
By George Eaton - 04 December 0:36

Having already trimmed Whitehall of fat, the next government will be forced to cut into bone. But no party will utter this truth. 

Plan to fund extra £2bn a year through future underspends means spending promise is "a con", says shadow chancellor.
Balls uncovers black hole in Osborne's NHS spending plan
By George Eaton - 03 December 18:17

Plan to fund extra £2bn a year through future underspends means spending promise is "a con", says shadow chancellor. 

A woman huddles close to the heater in her London flat, in a picture taken in 1934. Photo: Harry Todd/Fox Photos/Getty Images
My rented house is not my home
By Harriet Reuter Hapgood - 03 December 17:07

There’s only so much twenty quid and a trip to Ikea can do.

The Chancellor framed himself as a man who would take from the wealthy and give to the NHS.
Osborne's Autumn Statement: a ruthless attempt to shoot Labour's foxes
By George Eaton - 03 December 15:20

The Chancellor framed himself as a man who would take from the wealthy and give to the NHS. 

Forget our politicians' fixation: growth, not the deficit, is what really matters
By Peter Kenway - 03 December 15:12

The Autumn Statement performances today shows our political leaders on both sides should stop fixating reducing the deficit to zero.

Planned spending cuts go far beyond what is needed to end borrowing
By Nida Broughton - 03 December 14:59

The big news is what George Osborne didn’t mention.

Autumn Statement 2014: stamp duty overhaul and taxing multinationals
By Anoosh Chakelian - 03 December 13:27

The Chancellor delivered his Autumn Statement to parliament today. What did he announce?

Peer and shadow foreign office minister expected to replace Emily Thornberry.
Labour reshuffle: Lord Bach expected to be named shadow attorney general
By George Eaton - 03 December 11:33

Peer and shadow foreign office minister set to replace Emily Thornberry. 

A Tory MP's view that we shouldn't rule out NHS cuts reveals the party's ideological split
By Anoosh Chakelian - 03 December 9:24

A respected thinker of the new Tory right-wing vanguard, Kwasi Kwarteng MP, has been secretly recorded suggesting the NHS budget shouldn't be protected.

Good cop, bad cop, steady cop? What to expect from the Autumn Statement
By Anoosh Chakelian - 03 December 8:32

The Chancellor will make his last Autumn Statement before the general election. What will it include?

Garden cities are a distraction – but the government's plan to build homes isn't
By Jonn Elledge - 02 December 16:57

The government has named Bicester in Oxfordshire as its second garden city, but to solve the housing crisis, we’d need to build six or seven of them every year.

The Houses of Parliament. Photo: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images
Why the next general election will be pivotal for sex worker rights
By Margaret Corvid - 02 December 16:53

In the lead-up to the general election, we have the chance to move the debate forwards, towards the full decriminalisation of sex work.

The Pope of the poor and the Seven Deadly Sins of banking practice
By Molly Scott Cato - 02 December 16:45

Whether you choose the religious terminology of sin or the secular language of social harm, it is clear that banks have not been helping the poor but have focused on the wealthy few.

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