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Style not substance: David Cameron’s conference speech contained some smart sloganeering but was largely an exercise in evasiveness

The Prime Minister made much of Ed Miliband’s omission but himself failed to explain how he will pay for his tax perks

Réalité check: The French need to grasp the need for cuts in state spending

The French establishment is well-known for its aversion to foreign words polluting the beautiful French language – “le weekend”, “le pullover” and “le penalty” being three examples that have met with varying degrees of resistance. With “austerity” the resistance is less to the word than to the concept.

Theresa May’s extremism: An illiberal and unnecessary plan from the Home Secretary

It is, at least, a clear strategy. Theresa May today laid out how a Conservative government would confront extremism if the party wins election in 2015. On the issue of who should assume responsibility for the task, the Home Secretary reasserted sensible and on-going plans for her department to take full control, and so put an end to the muddle that has beset Whitehall in recent years. On the question of how extremism is to be fought Mrs May was equally forthright – but her proposals invite far less approval.

The choice for China in Hong Kong

Rather than suppress it, China should use the uprising there to create a more open and tolerant society

If Cameron responds to Ukip defections by pandering to that party’s attitudes, the Tories will suffer for it in 2015

The battle between the Tories and Labour comes down to a single word: together. In his speech at the Labour Party conference Ed Miliband tried to make it his own by dint of simple repetition. At the Conservative Party conference which continues in Birmingham on Monday David Cameron, who has insisted for years that we are all in “this” – whatever “this” happens to be – together, the challenge will be to seize the word back.

Hong Kong grows up - and scale of protests is a warning to Beijing

The Chinese Communist Party has played a surreptitious but ever-expanding role in the former colony

Give diplomacy in Iraq a chance

We are not opposed to air strikes. The important thing is the difficult, unglamorous work of negotiation
An Isis fighter pictured earlier this year

Air strikes against Isis are a necessary step

There are big and obvious risks in embarking on military action against Islamic State. But to hold off was not an option

Don’t bank on it: A foreign exchange scandal the City could do without

The attraction of a mass settlement of its foreign exchange trading investigation is easy to understand from the perspective of the Financial Conduct Authority.

Ukip’s test of credibility

As the party gathers for its annual conference, is it  ready to shed its more eccentric aspects?

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