If Scotland votes Yes, will there be a silver lining for the rest of the UK?
By Emran Mian - 05 September 15:08

 Scottish independence negotiations could give the rest of the UK something like the civic conversation that Scotland is currently enjoying.

How much of a threat is Ukip to the Lib Dems?
By Richard Morris - 05 September 13:43

The Liberal Democrats aren't as universally europhile as you think.

Out of office, Brown has bared the socialist soul he previously disguised.
Gordon Brown has bared the socialist soul he hid as Prime Minister
By George Eaton - 05 September 12:58

Fighting against Scottish independence, the former PM makes the case for social justice far better now than when he was in office. 

Political parties woo parents' votes with childcare pledges – but it's not enough
By Caroline Davey - 05 September 12:15

Childcare proposals such as the Lib Dems' announcement this week are not close enough to a vision of free, universal childcare that parents need.

TTIP: the biggest threat to democracy you've never heard of
By Dan Holden - 05 September 11:19

A trade agreement between the EU and the US currently under secret negotiation will have a profound impact upon our democracy, but it’s been overshadowed by more typical eurosceptic coverage in the media.

Nato stands for bombed-out Afghan schools, not Obama grinning for photo-ops
By Kate Hudson - 05 September 9:02

Kate Hudson, general secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, explains why she has been protesting the arrival of the Nato Summit in Newport.

As we rely on Russia and the Middle East for energy, Nato must face the energy security challenge
By Neil Morisetti - 05 September 8:35

Currently, we depend on both Russia and the Middle East for much of our energy; the Nato summit's priority should be to tackle the energy security challenge.

British military involvement in Iraq could begin "within weeks"
By Anoosh Chakelian - 05 September 8:20

David Cameron hinted that the UK will soon join the US in air strikes on Islamic State.

£10 an hour: the Greens' new target for minimum wage
By Natalie Bennett - 05 September 7:13

For the Green party, asking nicely for employers to pay a living wage isn't enough.

Shadow London minister will not follow David Lammy in launching mayoral bid before the election.
London mayoral race: Sadiq Khan "to focus all his effort" on general election
By George Eaton - 04 September 18:01

Shadow London minister will not follow David Lammy in launching mayoral bid before the election. 

Ayes on the prize: Alex Salmond visits Brownings bakers in Kilmarnock, 3 September. Photo: Getty
Ed Smith: Alex Salmond may get the laughs – but would you trust him in a crisis?
By Ed Smith - 04 September 17:05

It is easy to imagine him as the popular mayor of a minor American city. What works when he is playing to the gallery, however, will not work if he becomes the head of a sovereign nation.

David Cameron says he won't resign if Scotland votes for independence
By Anoosh Chakelian - 04 September 16:46

As polls narrow, and a Yes vote in the Scottish referendum becomes increasingly possible, the PM insists he won't resign if the Union breaks up.

What is the Lib Dem Disco?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 04 September 16:25

The Lib Dem Disco 2014 is the social highlight of the party's conference this October. But what is it?

The Three Sisters, Glen Coe: no bar on English tourists after the Yes vote. Photo: Getty
Letter from Edinburgh: What it really means to be Scottish
By Angus Roxburgh - 04 September 16:11

Telling Scotland not to “go” is a bit like saying: “We don’t want you to run your own affairs. You must always have the governments we give you.”

Photo: Moises Saman/Magnum Photos
Leader: The summer of blood
By New Statesman - 04 September 15:19

Western powers have been chastened by their experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as by the financial crisis and the recession that followed it.

Image: Dan Murrell
Commons Confidential: Bringing on the clowns in Uxbridge
By Kevin Maguire - 04 September 15:14

Plus, why the sisterhood is cold-shouldering Austin “Haddock” Mitchell. 

David Lammy launches his mayoral bid: what does this mean for his rivals?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 04 September 12:32

Labour backbencher and Tottenham MP David Lammy is the first politician to declare his wish to be Labour's London mayoral candidate.

The Tory schism: from Robert Peel and the split over the Corn Laws to the Ukip insurgency
By Tim Bale - 04 September 12:32

Speculation about a split on the right is nothing new – as far back as 1846, when Robert Peel repealed the Corn Laws, the “battle for the soul” of the Conservative Party was underway.

Labour underestimates Ukip in thinking purely about its electoral impact
By Sam Fowles - 04 September 9:30

Ukip could prove to be of merely short-term electoral advantage to Ed Miliband; Labour may be in power after 2015, but its principles will not.

No escape from Mammon? London is increasing in power as a money magnet but we are not planning for more people with better quality of life. Image: Cityscape Digital
The London problem: has the capital become too dominant?
By Danny Dorling - 04 September 9:28

The dominance of the capital threatens to choke the life from the rest  of the United Kingdom. We must act before it is too late

Cameron and Obama pledge to “confront” Islamic State, ahead of Nato summit
By Anoosh Chakelian - 04 September 8:41

The Prime Minister and US President have vowed against isolationism in the face of Islamic militants and the situation in Ukraine; will Cameron finally clarify Britain's stance on air strikes against Islamic State?

How can we reinvigorate local papers to ensure scrutiny of failing public agencies?
By Kevin Meagher - 03 September 16:25

In light of the failing public agencies in cases such as Rotherham and Mid-Staffordshire hospital, we need a plan to enhance proper local scrutiny.

How Clacton could be a crucial watershed in the history of Ukip
By Matthew Goodwin - 03 September 15:11

What impact will the Clacton by-election and Douglas Carswell's defection have on the UK Independence Party?

Splits over Europe show that the Tories are losing – so why doesn’t it feel like Labour is winning?
By George Eaton - 03 September 14:53

Some in Labour are in danger of giving the appearance that they believe Cameron’s MPs will do a better job of finishing him off than they can.

The Labour leader drove a wedge between Cameron and Clegg on civil liberties.
PMQs review: Miliband exploits the coalition divide on anti-terror powers
By George Eaton - 03 September 13:41

The Labour leader drove a wedge between Cameron and Clegg on civil liberties.

Arms sales can never be apolitical acts: the UK should not sell to Bahrain
By Andrew Smith - 03 September 12:26

There are few regimes as authoritarian as the one in Bahrain, and even fewer that enjoy such a level of support from the UK.

Boris Johnson owes Londoners an apology for wasting public money over airport folly
By Val Shawcross - 03 September 11:31

The Thames estuary airport idea has been rejected; the Mayor of London wasted £5.2m on lobbying for it.

The possibility of a Conservative victory in 2015 is one of the Yes campaign's biggest trump cards.
Why the Scottish Tory leader said it's unlikely the Conservatives will win the general election
By George Eaton - 03 September 10:40

The possibility of a Conservative victory in 2015 is one of the Yes campaign's biggest trump cards. 

David Cameron to chair emergency meeting on UK hostage death threat
By Anoosh Chakelian - 03 September 8:32

After a video apparently showing the beheading of another American journalist has been released, a Cobra meeting will be held to discuss the threat to a UK hostage.

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