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So there. Steel Wool

All this talk about balancing the budget is …

Remember the Maastricht criteria? No, I didn’t think so. Nor apparently do Britain’s political leaders, based on their manifestos for tackling the UK’s deficit. The Maastricht Criteria were the convergence…
They’re everywhere! Peter Byrne/PA Wire

UKIP isn’t the only party failing women

UKIP has not had a good week when it comes to women. Nigel Farage kicked things off by suggesting that mothers should think twice about breastfeeding in public, managing to offend a rather large proportion…
The Labor Party that Bill Shorten leads is much more professionalised in its MP make-up than its earlier incarnations. AAP/Tracey Nearmy

Class warfare: would Shorten pass the test that Ed Miliband failed?

For British Labour leader Ed Miliband, defeat was yet again snatched from the jaws of victory. With the UK general election less than six months away, the recent Rochester and Strood by-election was a…
Andrew Mitchell, who probably said it. Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

With reputation in tatters, Mitchell loses ‘plebgate’ case

In his ruling on the libel claim brought to the high court by former Conservative whip Andrew Mitchell, Justice John Mitting has brought an end to one of the longest-running and least edifying disputes…
Brown was undoubtedly a big beast, but could have been so much more. 10 Downing Street

Gordon Brown: political giant and wasted talent at the same time

Gordon Brown will retire from the Commons viewed on the one hand as a giant of Scottish Labour who spent 13 years at the pinnacle of frontline UK politics as chancellor and prime minister: the son of the…
Employable, but lacking employment options. michaeljung/Shutterstock

The government must focus on employment, not employability

The number of professional and middle-class managerial jobs has shrunk, according to a new study by researchers at Oxford University. This is bad news for Britain’s graduates and represents a worrying…
Britain’s heroin habit isn’t what it was. Marcos Mesa, Sam Wordley via Shutterstock

Drug policy is working – why do we prefer to think otherwise?

On all sides, our politicians and commentators seem convinced Britain’s drug policy has been a failure. Party conference season saw Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg rehash his old refrain that we’ve…
Divided we fall: a Catalonian independence rally. Ivan McClellan via Wikimedia Commons

As anti-globalisation politics fail, nationalism sweeps the world

After decades of deepening globalisation and interconnection, movements championing national identity and power are sweeping the globe. Breakaway regions, independence referendums, and campaigns for stronger…
Could we get a few more spotlights in here? Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Little sign of life, but look closely and the Lib Dems can cling on

There is a party fighting for its political life, desperate to be noticed again and it is meeting this week in Glasgow. The Liberal Democrat conference so far has a very “after-the-lord-mayor’s-show” feel…
“I mean, I don’t like to blow my own trumpet, but…” Chris Ison/PA Archive

Tory coyness underplays UK’s world-leading aid performance

International development secretary Justine Greening’s speech at the Conservative Party conference was a safe one. Recognising that many of the audience have criticised the need for the UK’s aid programme…
Party politics? No, thanks. Manny Valdes

Hard Evidence: are Gen Y really Thatcher’s children?

Generation Y, the youngest adult generation, have recently been called Dave’s No 1 Fans, Thatcher’s Children, The Boris Generation or just plain Generation Right. Much of this discussion draws on an analysis…
That’s Brooks ‘easy mark’ from now on. PA/PA Wire

Brooks Newmark honey trap story to give IPSO its first serious test

They are calling it the Brooks Newmark Sex Scandal. The ethics of the Sunday Mirror’s virtual online honey trap farrago would appear to be the first high profile complaint that the Independent Press Standards…
Put some HP sauce on it, Ed. Allan Warren

Lessons from Harold Wilson for a struggling Labour leader

On the morning of October 16 1964, Harold Wilson entered Downing Street as prime minister. He had just ended 13 years of Conservative rule – one that had been predicted to last a generation just four years…
Voice of the people: David Cameron promises a devolution revolution. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Cameron makes lightning bid to be the great British reformer

The Flower of Scotland may well be blooming but a number of thorny issues face the prime minister and the leaders of the main parties in the UK. The prime minister’s commitment to a “new and fair constitutional…

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