Protestors against the £9,000 tuition fees outside the University of London in 2010. Photo: Getty
Student loans policy likely to cost more than the system it replaced – how could they be so wrong?
By Pam Tatlow - 21 March 17:06

Tripling fees to £9,000 was a clever exercise in smoke and mirrors accounting. Students and universities are paying the price.

More trusted than Labour on borrowing.
How a large deficit benefits the Tories
By George Eaton - 21 March 16:52

The greater the challenge of borrowing appears, the more likely voters are to stick with the Tories.

The Tories are just managing decline.
The Budget revealed Osborne's 35% strategy
By Marcus Roberts - 21 March 14:16

Rather than seeking to craft a new electoral coalition, the Tories are just managing decline.

 Tony Benn gives a speech at the Labour Party Conference of October 1978. Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Leader: Benn, Blair and a middle way between principle and power
By New Statesman - 21 March 13:40

The Labour Party may yet have an opportunity to achieve the right balance between the two Tonys.

The Invisible (Tory) Man. Montage: Dan Murrell/NS
Commons Confidential: Jeremy Hunt takes to the wards
By Kevin Maguire - 21 March 13:12

Plus: Who on earth is Gareth Johnson?

If the Mayor returns to parliament in 2015, he will need a London seat.
Why Boris won't stand in Sir Peter Tapsell's seat
By George Eaton - 21 March 12:33

If the Mayor returns to parliament in 2015, he will need a London seat.

The party's next economic chief?
Steve Webb is a Lib Dem set for bigger things
By Richard Morris - 21 March 10:34

The reforming pensions minister is in the frame for the post of Lib Dem economic chief.

Labour leader tries to turn the tables.
Miliband ties Salmond to Cameron in attack on "race to the bottom"
By George Eaton - 21 March 8:59

The Labour leader uses the Scottish First Minister's weapon of choice against him.

Chancellor threw out years of painful progress.
Labour must resist Osborne’s reckless pension reforms
By Andrew Harrop - 20 March 17:27

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 be worse off in 2015 than 2010.
Why Miliband is right to keep banging on about living standards
By George Eaton - 20 March 16:25

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 may live to regret his boast.
What Osborne didn't mention in his Budget: inequality is forecast to soar
By George Eaton - 20 March 12:55

The Chancellor's cuts are likely to reverse the fall in inequality that he boasted of.

Nick Clegg and David Cameron. Photo: Getty
Will these professionally beige career politicians ever understand public service?
By Karl Davis - 20 March 12:15

Despite grand promises, the coalition has not found a new way forward, nor has it overseen a resurgence of democratic engagement.

Sponsored post: Cruel and indiscriminate
By Becky Slack - 20 March 11:39

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.

Universal pensioner benefits could be cut.
Does Osborne's Budget herald a raid on pensioner benefits?
By George Eaton - 20 March 11:39

The Chancellor may have provided the Tories with the protective cover they need to limit universal pensioner benefits.

Fight or flight: a British soldier stands guard near a republican mural in Belfast, 1982. (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty)
The lady was for turning: Margaret Thatcher’s Battle With the IRA by Thomas Hennessy
By John Bew - 20 March 10:00

The extraordinary sequence of events now seems too far-fetched even for a British version of Homeland.

The Returning Officer: Camberwell North
By Stephen Brasher - 20 March 10:00

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.

Kevin Spacey arrives at a special screening of House of Cards Series 2 in LA, February 2014. (Photo: Getty)
The House of Cards school of political ambition is flawed
By Ed Smith - 20 March 10:00

Simplistic self-interest is not just bad PR, it is often bad strategy

Chancellor forced to comment on patronising image.
The Tories' bingo poster spoils Osborne's morning
By George Eaton - 20 March 8:57

The Chancellor is forced to comment on the patronising image in every broadcast interview.

Labour jitters are eclipsed by Tory neurosis.
Growth is up, unemployment is down – but Labour's stubborn poll lead remains
By Rafael Behr - 19 March 23:44

On the Labour side there is relief and a sprinkling of surprise that Tory popularity isn’t rising in sync with GDP.

The need for structural reforms.
The coalition's welfare cap puts politics before policy
By Graeme Cooke - 19 March 18:46

Osborne has failed to design the cap in a way that will advance structural reforms to housing and wages.

Labour to vote for Osborne's welfare cap next week
By George Eaton - 19 March 17:43

Party's decision could lead to backbench rebellion.

A race to the bottom.
Osborne's welfare cap is a poverty-producing policy
By Lindsay Judge - 19 March 15:31

The UK is far more reliant than other European countries on social security spending to reduce child poverty.

"People are worse off under the Tories."
Ed Miliband's response to the Budget: full text
By New Statesman - 19 March 15:00

"This is the Budget that confirms people are worse off under the Tories."

They vote more than anyone else.
George Osborne shamelessly courts the pensioner vote
By George Eaton - 19 March 14:09

The Chancellor's offer to the over-65s is rational but crude politics: they vote more than any other age group.

Minute-by-minute coverage of George Osborne's fifth Budget.
Budget 2014: minute by minute, as it happened
By George Eaton - 19 March 12:20

A summary of George Osborne's fifth Budget.

One of the “I, too, am Oxford” campaign images. Photo: itooamoxford.tumblr.com
The “I, too, am Oxford” whiteboards aren’t perfect, but they’re better than nothing
By Samira Shackle - 19 March 10:44

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.

An end to euphemisms for tax.
We need a Budget for honesty
By Adam Afriyie - 19 March 10:30

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.
Budget 2014: Ten things to look out for
By George Eaton - 19 March 9:12

Including the level of the new welfare cap, another rise in the personal allowance, a deficit trap for Labour and some surprises.

Pre-Budget attack.
Labour targets Osborne's 24 tax rises
By George Eaton - 18 March 22:00

The party says "It’s the same old Tory con – giving with one hand while taking away much more with the other."

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