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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

Andy McSmith's Diary: Ed Balls's joy, Campbell's debut at the Bridge, and
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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Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

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Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
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Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

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Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

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Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

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When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

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Neil Findlay is more a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

More a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

The vilification of the potential Scottish Labour leader Neil Findlay shows how one-note politics is today, says DJ Taylor
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Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

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