Both sides know that the top rate of income tax is mainly symbolic

Russell Lynch: Auction of 4G mobile spectrum is a wish come true for the Chancellor

Consumers are demanding super-fast broadband on their jazzy new smartphones and tablets
Ed Balls explains his economic plans

The way Ed Balls's stutter was treated in the Commons points to a familiar compassion deficit

This behaviour shames the home of our democracy

The Chancellor, George Osborne

Labour looks to capitalise as George Osborne feels the pressure to delay fuel-duty rise

George Osborne, the Chancellor, is under mounting pressure to shelve a 3p a litre rise in fuel duty due to take effect in January.

Influential Conservative backbench MP Graham Stuart slams pace of Michael Gove’s education reforms

A scathing attack of Education Secretary Michael Gove’s school reforms was delivered tonight by the Conservative party’s most influential backbench MP on education.

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls in a tackle at a football match between Labour MPs and journalists in Salford

Ed Balls takes to the stage with plan to kickstart economy

Shadow Chancellor wants 100,000 new homes using 4G windfall

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls in a tackle at a football match between Labour MPs and journalists in Salford

Ed Balls unveils plan for growth: build 100,000 affordable homes

Labour will today propose a £2.5bn plan to build 100,000 homes in order to kick-start the economy, arguing that the move should take priority over paying off the deficit.

IMF in budget warning to Chancellor George Osborne

Chancellor George Osborne should be ready to slow the pace of his tough austerity measures and shake up the annual budget if the economy fails to come to life, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned today.

James Moore on the Libor scandal: Instant analysis

The Independent's Deputy Business Editor, James Moore, with live coverage of today's Treasury Select Committee as Bank of England deputy governor Paul Tucker faces Libor accusations

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Osborne and Balls trade blows as MPs vote on bank inquiry

Probe will not be led by judge - but Labour win concession that legal guidance will be provided

MPs to vote of judicial banking scandal inquiry

MPs are to be given a vote on whether to stage a full judicial inquiry into the banking scandal, the Government announced tonight.

The Sketch: How ethical activity and processing propriety can make one forgetful...

There is a Director of Propriety and Ethics for the Government. Is she busy? Are her days full of ethical activity, does she process much propriety?

Victory: Ed Balls forces the smirking Tory leader to lose his cool

Matt Chorley: Rule No. 1 - Never lose it with hecklers

The PM needs jokes, says The Independent on Sunday's classroom clown

Cameron: 'What we need to do in Britain and Europe is to combine the fiscal deficit reduction... with innovative ways of using our hard-won credibility which we would not have if we listened... to the muttering idiot sitting opposite me'

Ed Balls causes David Cameron to lose his temper – again

Labour rejoices after PM calls the shadow Chancellor a 'muttering idiot'

The Sketch: No muttering, more a bawling roar, as backbenchers make themselves heard

A muttering idiot? "The muttering idiot opposite!" The House went up. And kept going up for what might have been a minute. A minute is a long time in the House of Commons. The Speaker was left standing, powerless to control the new Tories' angry euphoria.

The Prime Minister apologised for remarking that it was time for Labour MP Dennis Skinner to collect his pension

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a game of two halves

If the Prime Minister knows rudeness is bad for his image,

why does he insist on being rude?

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'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
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His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
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Save us from small screen superheroes

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12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
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Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
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How to make a Lego masterpiece

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Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

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Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam