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George Osborne Doesn't Want You To See These 5 Awkward Charts About His Cuts

As the Tories burnish their "long term economic plan" in their campaign to win this May's general election, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has …

Can the U.S. Government Go Moneyball?

In an excerpt from their new book, two former Office of Management and Budget directors ask whether or not a focus on numbers and hard evidence—not …

Britons Clueless About Immigration, Religion And Every Other Fact About UK Society

Everyone is wrong about almost everything, a new poll has found.<p>The international study by Ipsos MORI discovered that basic facts about the makeup of …

Are the Greens the only left-wing party left in Britain?

The Labour response to the Greens makes them sound like Tories. The Greens are soft on drugs, they say. They'll bring in higher taxes and pay out …

Shoddy debate shows Darling is a one-trick pony

Last night's debate on Scottish independence was an unedifying spectacle. For whole sections Alistair Darling and Alex Salmond were allowed to talk …

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Low pay: the nation’s challenge – Progress | Centre-left Labour politics

I got a phone call from Rachel Reeves last September asking if I would do some work to encourage the living wage. It took me about a second to …

Alex Salmond's ex-economic adviser criticises claim at heart of poster campaign

Prof John Kay says it is a "mistake" for voters to give credence to claims that Scotland will be one of the world's wealthiest nations after independence<p>The economic claim at the heart of Yes Scotland's multi-million pound poster campaign fails to prove Scots would be better off after independence, …

It’s time Gove was held to account on school places – Progress | Centre-left Labour politics

Ideology and school place planning do not go together. This was illustrated yesterday on national offer day for primary school places. In London, …

Budget 2014: George Osborne's 7 Broken Promises On The Economy

George Osborne is set to use his Budget on Wednesday to argue that his austerity strategy has been vindicated and to sketch out a rosy financial …

The public crave a crackdown on welfare tourism. But are they deluded?

Banning migrants from claiming welfare is a wildly popular policy. But are politicians hyping up the problem, asks Peter Kellner.<p>Thirty-five years ago last Saturday, the Sun published one of the most celebrated of all newspaper headlines. James Callaghan, the Prime Minister, had returned from an …

Top 10 film noir

Guns, dames and hats: you can't have a film noir without them, can you? Take a look at the Guardian and Observer critics list of the best 10 noirs and you'll realise things aren't that simple …<p>• Top 10 westerns • Top 10 documentaries • Top 10 movie adaptations • Top 10 animated movies • Top 10 …

Comment: The case that tells us what kind of country Britain is

His name is Isa Muazu. He is wasting away.<p>Locked in a cell just outside Heathrow, out of sight from the holidaymakers and business visitors, he can …

Pope Francis understands economics better than most politicians

Pope Francis is a pontiff who has constructively broken all the rules of popery – so far to widespread acclaim. He's faulted the Catholic church for its negative obsession with gays and birth control, and now he has expanded his mandate to economics with a groundbreaking screed denouncing "the new …

Independent Scotland would have debt above 100% of national income

An independent Scotland would have to massively raise taxes or cut spending to put its long-term debt on a sustainable footing, new research has …

Conservatives wipe all pre-election pledges from their website

Labour accuse the Government of a "cynical stunt" intended to "hide their broken promises"<p>The Conservatives have deleted every article, speech and press release released before the last election from their website.<p>The documents contain pre-2010 election pledges on cutting inheritance, not imposing …

What New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Ed Miliband have in common

De Blasio's landslide victory suggests that a new kind of progressive politics is what voters are looking for, writes Stewart Wood.<p>Bill de Blasio’s landslide victory in the New York City mayoral race means the Big Apple now has a Democrat Mayor for the first time in 20 years. But de Blasio is not …

Grant Shapps software marketing firm How To Corp to be dissolved

The family software marketing firm set up by the Tory party chairman – that marketed software, the sale of which may have been an "offence of fraud" – is to be dissolved.<p>Labour last year wrote to police calling for an investigation into the firm, How To Corp, for possible fraud and copyright …

Labour needs a bold message to disrupt the Cameron-Farage conversation

Economic recovery makes politics more interesting. All the time growth was flatlining, Labour needed to do little more than bang on about George Osborne's austerity programme and point out that Britain was in a worse state than when Gordon Brown ceased to be prime minister in 2010.<p>But over the last …

English Parliament Veto 'Would Be Huge Blow For Labour And Cause Chaos'

Revolutionary changes to the way MPs vote on laws would cause chaos in Parliament and be a huge blow for the Labour Party, critics warn.<p>Proposals to …

Salmond's Default Position Bankrupts His Credibility

Yesterday, the Leader of the SNP, Alex Salmond launched what he billed as an economic strategy for a successful independent Scotland. He ended up …