Opinion

Conservative justice beyond 'hang 'em and flog 'em'

by Paul Maynard MP / 29 Feb 2012

Paul Maynard MP does not believe Conservatives should obsess with locking all criminals up

A researcher’s guide to socialising in Westminster

A researcher’s guide to socialising in Westminster

by Felicity Parkes / 24 Feb 2012

Felicity Parkes gives her advice on how to locate the best drinks and avoid the backwash on the Westminster researchers' scene

Executive pay and the politics of envy

Executive pay and the politics of envy

by Andrew Hawkins / 22 Feb 2012

Andrew Hawkins asks some pertinent questions about the public’s perception of high earners

What Tony did next

by Jim Pickard / 21 Feb 2012

Just what have Tony, Gordon and Peter been up to since Labour left office? Jim Pickard of the FT has the scoop in his diary

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Blogging up the Government Digital Service

by Charlotte Henry / 29 Jan 2012

Charlotte Henry on why the digitisation of public services can improve things for everyone

The people’s party has been disconnected

The people’s party has been disconnected

by Dan Hodges / 26 Jan 2012

Labour desperately wants to rebuild its relationship with the working class, but who are they?

TP's inbox

25 Jan 2012

The pick of our readers' comments this month, both in print and online

Time for some ethics in business

Time for some ethics in business

by Lisa Nandy MP / 09 Jan 2012

Lisa Nandy MP says it’s time for a change in the field of business ethics

Do all-women shortlists work?

by Jacqui Smith and Charlotte Vere / 28 Dec 2011

Former home secretary Jacqui Smith takes on Charlotte Vere of the Women On think tank

Changes to Labour’s party structure

Changes to Labour’s party structure

by Dan Hodges / 22 Dec 2011

By appointing new directors, Ed Miliband is trying to take control of Labour HQ. Will the plan to get Victoria Street on his side work?

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21 Dec 2011

The pick of our readers' letters and comments this month

Inherited policy is preventing rural growth

by Paul Blacklock / 30 Nov 2011

In its attempt to be the 'greenest government ever', the coalition risks stifling sustainable growth in rural areas, argues Paul Blacklock

Tax is not a tool for social engineering

Tax is not a tool for social engineering

26 Feb 2012

We should use tax to fund public spending, and that's it, argues Luke Bozier. It shouldn't be a tool for redistributing wealth

Should we revisit the law on assisted dying?

Should we revisit the law on assisted dying?

by David Winnick MP and Nadine Dorries MP / 23 Feb 2012

David Winnick MP and Nadine Dorries MP have strong opposing views on a very controversial and emotive subject

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22 Feb 2012

The pick of our readers' comments this month, both in print and online

Should we cut VAT?

Should we cut VAT?

by Cathy Jamieson MP and Steve Hughes / 31 Jan 2012

Shadow Treasury minister Cathy Jamieson says yes, the chancellor needs to cut VAT immediately. But Steve Hughes of the British Chambers of Commerce says it doesn’t make sense at the moment

For the good of this government’s health

For the good of this government’s health

by George Pascoe-Watson / 26 Jan 2012

No 10 is desperate to stop the NHS becoming a toxic issue. For 2012, it has created a ‘neutralisation’ plan

2012: London’s Year (and probably Boris’s)

2012: London’s Year (and probably Boris’s)

by Andrew Hawkins / 25 Jan 2012

Andrew Hawkins looks at the year’s big event – no, not the Olympics. Will Ken or Boris be first to the tape?

The Cameron curse

The Cameron curse

by James Lyons / 24 Jan 2012

The Daily Mirror's deputy political editor shares his horror stories of travelling with the PM and takes issue with the BBC

Time to fight for the union

by Henry Hill / 30 Dec 2011

Henry Hill says a devo-max victory is a unionist defeat

The year that will keep the PM up at night

The year that will keep the PM up at night

by George Pascoe-Watson / 22 Dec 2011

2012 was meant to be the coalition’s turning point, but the economic crisis intervened. What does David Cameron do now?

The Scottish Spring

The Scottish Spring

by Andrew Hawkins / 21 Dec 2011

Andrew Hawkins looks at why the Scottish independence vote could mean the end of Westminster politics as we know it

Verbification worries

by Ann Treneman / 20 Dec 2011

Times sketchwriter Ann Treneman confesses her concerns about politicians' use of language, and hands out her 'lickspittle of the year' award

Is foreign aid still a priority for this government?

Is foreign aid still a priority for this government?

by Martin Horwood and David Taylor / 30 Nov 2011

Martin Horwood MP and David Taylor discuss whether or not the UK is living up to its commitment on international development