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Downing Street's immigration crackdown, dismissed by critics as a blatant bid to out-Ukip Nigel Farage, is unlikely to become reality. That may not worry David Cameron very much.

Hammond: Talk of treason suggests emotion rather than reason

Hammond's call for treason against Isis is an unhelpful temper tantrum

Treason is used to satisfy public outrage. It is of no use in terrorism cases.

David Lammy: A new look for London

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Politics.co.uk talks to Labour hopeful for London Mayor.

Still The Enemy Within

Frontline on the miners' strike

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  • The Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission released its second annual State of the Nation report today

    The final death of meritocratic Britain

    Reports don't get much scarier than this. Britain, according to the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, is on the brink of stepping over an event horizon of doom and becoming a "permanently divided society".

  • NHS workers strike outside University College Hospital in central London

    NHS strike: A walkout by people who care about you

    'Give us more pay,' the NHS workers strike today is supposedly going, 'or the patients get it'. The truth about the conduct of these compassionate, caring workers couldn't be more different.

Ian Dunt



  • Nick Clegg: A staunch defence of his record - and what might end up being his legacy

    Analysis: Clegg's survival mission starts here

    Nick Clegg's survival mission starts here. His pitch is not about values or policies, but about the value of coalition: a concept as tarnished as it is associated with the deputy PM.

  • Vince Cable: An asset come election time

    Analysis: Vince Cable learns to be useful

    Vince Cable has spent much of the last four years being a thorn in his leader's side. But now, as today's autumn conference speech in Glasgow shows, things have changed. With the general election looming the chastened business secretary has become an asset once again.





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