Tripling fees to £9,000 was a clever exercise in smoke and mirrors accounting. Students and universities are paying the price.
The greater the challenge of borrowing appears, the more likely voters are to stick with the Tories.
Rather than seeking to craft a new electoral coalition, the Tories are just managing decline.
The Labour Party may yet have an opportunity to achieve the right balance between the two Tonys.
Plus: Who on earth is Gareth Johnson?
If the Mayor returns to parliament in 2015, he will need a London seat.
The reforming pensions minister is in the frame for the post of Lib Dem economic chief.
The Labour leader uses the Scottish First Minister's weapon of choice against him.
For the sake of a day of good headlines and a few billion pounds of extra tax, the Chancellor has put years of painful progress at risk.
Voters will still be worse off in 2015 than in 2010 - Labour's "cost-of-living" strategy remains its best hope of victory.
The Chancellor's cuts are likely to reverse the fall in inequality that he boasted of.
Despite grand promises, the coalition has not found a new way forward, nor has it overseen a resurgence of democratic engagement.
Some three-quarters of a million animals get caught in snares each year in the UK. It’s time we banned it, finds Becky Slack.
The Chancellor may have provided the Tories with the protective cover they need to limit universal pensioner benefits.
Peter Wilby’s First Thoughts.
The extraordinary sequence of events now seems too far-fetched even for a British version of Homeland.
Cecil Manning was a Labour MP for Camberwell North (1944-50). A borough and LCC councillor, he had lost an arm during the First World War while serving in the London Regiment.
Simplistic self-interest is not just bad PR, it is often bad strategy
The Chancellor is forced to comment on the patronising image in every broadcast interview.
On the Labour side there is relief and a sprinkling of surprise that Tory popularity isn’t rising in sync with GDP.
Osborne has failed to design the cap in a way that will advance structural reforms to housing and wages.
Party's decision could lead to backbench rebellion.
The UK is far more reliant than other European countries on social security spending to reduce child poverty.
"This is the Budget that confirms people are worse off under the Tories."
The Chancellor's offer to the over-65s is rational but crude politics: they vote more than any other age group.
A summary of George Osborne's fifth Budget.
Of course, whiteboards do not have the space for the full complexity of the arguments about racial insensitivity, not do they represent everybody’s experiences, but they can start an important discussion about the micro-aggressions that make it difficult to express offence.
Osborne should change the words we use to describe our taxes: National Insurance is Earnings Tax and Jobs Tax.
Including the level of the new welfare cap, another rise in the personal allowance, a deficit trap for Labour and some surprises.