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James Ball

Labour’s manifesto – a clever sales pitch

Starmer is offering more reform than at first meets the eye

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Fifteen ideas for a better Britain

These suggestions for the next government would be quick and easy to implement, and would not cost a fortune

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Macron’s high-stakes gamble puts Europe at risk

Macron is playing a dangerous game by calling an election – and if Le Pen wins, we all lose

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The cost of Sunak’s dodgy tax claim

The PM claimed Labour would put up taxes by £2,000 per family – and now he looks like a liar

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Get Sunak

Could Labour take the prime minister's seat?

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Power to the people

The new government could use advisory panels made up of ordinary Britons to break the political deadlock on big issues

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Farage: a disaster for the Tory party

The consequences of Farage's return will be even worse for Britain

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The worst of the election is yet to come

When the deadline for candidate selection has finally passed, the mud-slinging will really begin

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Trump guilty: a very European verdict

It might be new in the US, but European courts have been convicting their leaders for years

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Sunak’s desperate measure of Dud’s army

Nothing sums up the chaotic idiocy of the Tory campaign more than their latest plan to reintroduce national service

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Sunak’s great Reform blunder

New Tory policies are designed to stop their voters from backing Richard Tice. Instead they should be focused on potential switchers to Labour

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The bizarre planning stand-off on Starmer’s doorstep

A battle between Ocado and local residents shows that Labour has a Nimby problem

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The parliamentary drop-outs

Why are so many MPs standing down at the election?

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Sunak calls the election

So – what now?

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What if Starmer is actually quite good?

There are good reasons to believe that Labour in power will be better and go further than you think

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Why Labour’s pledges matter

Starmer’s targets might be soft and safe, but they show he is in touch with public opinion

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This is the end of Sunak’s Rwanda farce

A Belfast court’s ruling confirms that even the prime minister’s small victories end up being defeats

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The Greens turn red

After an influx of ex-Labour voters, are they still the party of the climate crisis – or of Corbyn, or Gaza?

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The grassroots disinformation threat

Don’t believe everything you think you hear

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The trouble with Natalie Elphicke

Labour’s embrace of a defector with a whole lot of baggage raises questions about where Keir Starmer draws the line

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Keep calamity and carry on

Rishi Sunak looks safe despite new humiliation.. but only because his rivals want him to own a general election defeat

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The crazy gossip about Sadiq Khan

London’s mayor won a third term quite easily - but only after Westminster buzzed with talk that Susan Hall was set for a stunning upset

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The Tories are ruling on borrowed time

As well as local polls, Britain should have been holding a general election this week. What happened?

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Can anyone save the SNP?

Humza Yousaf played a tough hand badly, but his party’s problems are deeper than just one man

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Is Rishi Sunak about to call an election?

Westminster gossip says the prime minister is planning to go to the country on Monday

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What is Sunak smoking?

The prime minister saw a cigarette ban as his final chance to write a positive legacy. Then more Tory chaos left his relaunch in tatters

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Sunak’s misleading sick note numbers

The PM implied that 1.35 million were off work because of depression or anxiety. That’s not true

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Truth Social, Don’s new con

As Trump goes on trial, his fans are already paying the price for buying into his social network

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The Mail and the Tories’ regretful attack on Rayner

It just shows how desperately out of touch they are

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Liz Truss, the pub bore

The humiliated ex-PM has nothing worthwhile to say - and she says it loudly

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Stop going on about your bloody air fryer

Convincing us to buy smaller versions of appliances we already own is one of capitalism’s big cons

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Has the ECHR overreached on climate change?

A case brought by Swiss pensioners could be a turning point for the court

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