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'You don't even know what you're voting for': MP paints damning portrait of life in Westminster

An MP whose election was expected to trigger a new age of democratic legitimacy in Britain has issued a damning assessment of life in …

'More freedom for everyone!' Labour to drown schools in academy perks

Labour has unveiled its plan to neutralise Michael Gove's academies - by making their perks available to all schools.<p>The policy switch effectively …

Three priorities, one great result – Progress | Centre-left Labour politics

My primary school, halfway through my time there, seemed to adopt a rather pithy motto. I think it was in Latin, but having been brought up before …

Towards fairer school admissions – Progress | Centre-left Labour politics

Labour should do more to promote fairer admissions in comprehensive schools and academies. After all, the evidence suggests that lower income …

What I Hope for My Daughter's Career

There are many interesting routes into any career path and anyone who is successful in their job will spend their entire working life learning new …

Lords call upon Humpty Dumpty in search for gay marriage mot juste

The Lords rarely let you down. They may be composed of ex-politicians and TV presenters these days, but there are still a few who would fit straight …

Do Young People Care About Politics?

by Tom Walters<p>As the coalition government tortures itself with an ongoing conveyor belt of poor decisions, internal squabbling and defections to that …

If the Tories ditch David Cameron they will lose in 2015. This graph shows why.

The Conservative rank-and-file know that Cameron dalliances with gay marriage, Europe and the Liberal Democrats will cost them the next election. The polling shows they are hopelessly wrong, says YouGov president Peter Kellner.<p>Dear Conservative activist,<p>I know these are difficult times. The …

Police broke law with 'kettle' surveillance

Officers have been slapped down for filming a woman at a trade union demonstration, in a court ruling which will have ramifications on the police …

Time for a tax on tax-avoiders – Progress | Centre-left Labour politics

The Progress Tackle Tax Avoidance campaign is an important initiative that should prompt Labour to consider radical yet practical policies to reverse …

School freedom was never a Tory idea – Progress | Centre-left Labour politics

Like all good education policy announcements, Stephen Twigg’s chose the trusted ‘three priorities’ method when delivering his keynote speech …

Michael Burgess, Republican Opposes Abortion 'Because I Have Seen Male Foetuses Masturbate'

A Republican congressman from Texas has voiced his opposition to abortion as early as 15 weeks after conception – because he says he has seen male …

Being Anti-Gay Marriage Does Not Make You a Bigot

Over the weekend I read a Huffington Post blog by B.J. Epstein about gays who are against gay marriage. As I read it, I bristled with irritation. Who …

Predatory Paedophiles Like Hall Do Not Deserve Lenience

On Monday I wrote to the attorney general, Dominic Grieve, to ask him to consider whether or not the 15-month sentence handed down to Stuart Hall for …

Let's Get Our House in Order

Internships can be a valuable way for young people to get their foot on the career ladder, be it in the world of politics, journalism, PR or fashion. …

Pay cuts imposed on top civil servants could lead to exodus of talent – auditor

Cuts to the pay and conditions of senior civil servants have deterred private sector managers from taking up Whitehall jobs and could result in an …

Edward Snowden: NSA whistleblower answers reader questions

5.43pm BST<p><b>Final question from Glenn Greenwald:</b><p>Anything else you’d like to add?<p><b>Answer:</b><p>Thanks to everyone for their support, and remember that just …

Secrets, lies and America’s spies

CONSTANT vigilance: that is the task of the people who protect society from enemies intent on using subterfuge and violence to get their way. It is …

World primary-energy demand

Global consumption of primary energy has grown by 30% over the past decade. But almost all of that growth has come outside the rich world. In four of …

‘I don’t need a licence; I stole my television’, and 11 other ridiculous excuses

Excuses for not buying a TV licence are verging on the absurd, it seems, after one fee dodger claimed he only used the glow of his goggle box as a …

Britain's Syrian community: how war is dividing families http://bit.ly/18VplSE Britain has long sheltered a small Syrian diaspora. But now the conflict in the homeland is creating deep tensions, with many finding themselves being drawn into events from afar. 'Zaher Shehab clearly remembers how he heard the news. The Bath University student had been meeting his PhD supervisor when he logged on to Facebook. To his horror, the site was filled with rumours that his family had been killed.'

A change of tone?

IN THE conservative world of Iranian politics, centrist Hassan Rohani will bring together both sides. Our correspondents discuss whether he will also …

To children in distress, Vice's shockingly tasteless suicide fashion pictures could be deadly: http://bit.ly/16dLZRb How far should a brand go to stay edgy, even if it means their readers end up dead? Outrage is a tactic – let's hope this one backfires. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

The 50 Books Everyone Needs to Read, 1963-2013

The thing about reading is this: it takes a long time. There are innumerable books in the world, and many more good ones than can be read by any …

Literature

G8 summit: tax campaigners condemn David Cameron's 10-point 'wish list'

David Cameron's 10-point plan to tackle global tax evasion has met a hostile reception from campaigners after the prime minister failed to persuade …

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Liars and deniers

IN A country with a history of political violence, it appears that actual bloodshed has been limited. But otherwise the campaign for Cambodia’s …