New Statesman
The Independent Group ended in failure, but they changed British politics  11h49 18 février
Stephen Bush
Their biggest impact was in forcing Labour to change its Brexit policy. A year ago today, seven Labour MPs announced that they were leaving the Labour party in protest over Jeremy Corbyn’s handling of antisemitism in the party’s ranks and the Labour party’s pro-Brexit political position, to...
Why the threat of a no-deal exit by the UK from EU rules remains  11h01 18 février
Stephen Bush
The distance between the British government and Europe may prove too great to overcome by the end of the year. The government’s chief Brexit negotiator, David Frost, has laid out his - and by extension the British government’s - thinking on the next stage of the Brexit talks and what they...
The Andrew Sabisky row raises questions for Dominic Cummings  16h45 17 février
Stephen Bush
The new Conservative adviser hired by Cummings is perhaps more interesting for who he isn’t than what he wrote as a 21-year-old. A row has broken out over the first of Dominic Cummings’s new class of advisers, the educationalist Andrew Sabisky. The epicentre of the row? Comments written by...
How the BBC can defeat the grave threat from the Conservatives   16h32 17 février
Roger Mosey
The corporation must outline how a more sharply defined public service can still thrive. There is no room for doubt: the battle is underway for the survival of the BBC as we know it. But whoever was behind a Downing Street briefing on the government’s view of the corporation, the proposals...
The arrival of Times Radio is as much about politics as media competition  16h05 17 février
Jasper Jackson
As Rupert Murdoch’s new venture poaches BBC presenters, what does the future of British broadcasting look like? And so the bleeding begins. The first big name has been lured from the BBC to Rupert Murdoch’s new venture, Times Radio, with John Pienaar, the corporation’s deputy politics editor,...
Rebecca Long-Bailey clarifies stance on women-only spaces and trans rights   13h29 17 février
Ailbhe Rea
The Labour leadership candidate is in favour of self-identification for trans people but won’t reform the current law on same-sex spaces. Rebecca Long-Bailey’s team has clarified the Labour leadership contender’s position on same-sex spaces and the Equality Act 2010 to the New Statesman...
In appointing Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Boris Johnson has completed Theresa May’s revolution  12h31 17 février
Stephen Bush
May set in train a process that looks certain to end in a merger between the Foreign Office and the Department for International Development - but the government’s case for the benefits is confused. Revolution complete? Last week’s reshuffle saw the end of a process that has been in train...
Culture is ordinary: why the arts must not become the preserve of the elite  12h27 17 février
Generations of working-class autodidacts struggled to create space within elite cultures - this tradition must not be swept away by market forces. During a recent episode of the BBC’s Politics Live, pollster Deborah Mattinson of Britain Thinks recited a tired stereotype of the working class...
It’s time for the government to show real leadership on COP26  11h30 17 février
Barry Gardiner
Success at the climate conference in Glasgow this year is essential if we are to avert climate catastrophe. So the government has fished around and finally found a President for COP26. Perhaps it’s now time to be even more adventurous and come up with a strategy. Success at the climate...
Is Downing Street preparing for all-out war with the BBC?  10h58 17 février
Stephen Bush
For Boris Johnson, changing the BBC might yet prove more difficult than changing the country. A senior source has told the Sunday Times’s Tim Shipman that the government’s forthcoming consultation will recommend the abolition of the licence fee, a reduction in the number of BBC TV and radio...
To match the poverty line, experts are now drawing a riches line for too much wealth  17h33 14 février
Anoosh Chakelian
Academics are researching what characteristics the public defines as rich , and whether there is a point when these riches are deemed unacceptable. At the turn of the century in late Victorian England, the social researchers Charles Booth and Benjamin Rowntree began drawing a poverty line ...
Suella Braverman’s appointment as attorney general spells danger for human rights  16h55 14 février
Adam Wagner
Boris Johnson’s reshuffle leaves no doubt over his intention to reduce constitutional protections and judicial independence. A constitution is the legal soul of a nation. It distills its values through a system of government, a vision of society and, most importantly, by setting down the...
The Palestinian cause is perilously close to becoming a lost one   15h09 14 février
Donald Trump’s plan represents a new nadir for the Palestinans but the downward trajectory set in long before. Dharamshala in northern India’s Himalayan foothills, a backpacker paradise, is also the headquarters of Tibet’s government-in-exile. A small museum tells the history of the...
Keir Starmer nets fifth trade union endorsement from TSSA  12h36 14 février
Patrick Maguire
The Labour leadership frontrunner beat Rebecca Long-Bailey in a ballot of the Corbynite rail union’s members. Some railwaymen are on the pitch They think it’s all over It is now Keir Starmer has secured his fifth trade union endorsement of the Labour leadership race from the Transport...
Replacing Geoffrey Cox with Suella Braverman is a backwards step. Here’s how to avoid it  11h36 14 février
Stephen Bush
Appointing an attorney-general is one of the hardest jobs a Prime Minister has - but there are ways to make it easier. Sacking Geoffrey Cox as attorney-general was always likely to lead to something of a downwards motion as far as his replacement goes. By any metric you care to name, Cox was...