News Ed Balls denied the claim that he would go beyond a 50p top tax rate

Ed Balls has vowed to increase the top tax rate for high earners to 50p

Conservative supporter John Risworth in Corsham, Wiltshire

Ed Miliband told to answer the question - this time by Labour

Jittery party demands more detail on economic policy as poll lead narrows

Ben Chu: Cheap clothes and tax dodging

Outlook The lethal collapse of a building in Bangladesh, where workers were churning out cheap clothes for retailers such as Primark, has prompted scrutiny of the supply chains of some of our big retailers.

James Moore: Balfour's reputation gets a battering after shake-up problems

Outlook. Plus: Few crumbs of comfort for Greggs shareholders; No pause for breath in bosses' huge payouts

Analysis: Economic recovery - a sprint that became a painful marathon

"We've always said the road to recovery would be a marathon, not a sprint" said the Business Secretary Vince Cable today in response to the GDP figures. Talk about rewriting history.

James Moore: Not much to celebrate – even if we avoid ignominy of triple-dip recession

Outlook It's the end of the fiscal year and time to tot up exactly what the Government has to show, in terms of cutting Britain's budget deficit, for another year of austerity, public sector job cuts, pay freezes and non-existent economic growth.

'No guarantee' that independent Scotland could reach currency deal, Osborne warns

Scotland would be left with three options - keeping pound, creating Scottish currency or joining euro

Double whammy of bad news wings its way to the Chancellor

Fears grow that ONS data will show Britain in the dreaded grip of a triple-dip recession

Touched by George Osborne's tears? Don't worry. It'll all end in votes

The Chancellor's grief at Lady Thatcher's funeral won't sway his critics, but many found it both genuine and moving

The Education Secretary, Michael Gove

There's no point in comparing our school holidays to other nations

When I got a bad school report and compared myself to others, my Dad said: “I’m not talking about them, I’m talking about you”. It’s that kind of philosophy Gove needs

The real Simon Brodkin, English comedian

TV comic Lee Nelson pulls out of race for David Miliband's former Parliamentary seat

TV comedian Lee Nelson has withdrawn his nomination to stand in the South Shields by-election.

Mums seek work as wage growth hits a record low

Pay packets are growing at their slowest rate on record, forcing thousands more stay-at-home mums to look for work and adding to Britain’s dole queues, official figures revealed today.

Hitting home: A bus-shelter poster warns of changes to the benefits system

Women to lose nearly £4bn in latest household budget cuts

Changes to benefits and personal taxation mean the female population is hit hardest

Editorial: A nation more divided

A tax handout to the rich and cuts for the poorest makes a mockery of 'all in it together'

Labour cannot win by debating welfare on the Tories' terms

The week I saw how low the right will stoop

Nick Clegg is under pressure from senior Liberal Democrats to fight the 2015 election on a pledge to restore the 50p rate of tax on earnings over £150,000 a year

Senior Lib Dems want Nick Clegg to promise a return to 50p top rate

Manifesto should distance party from 'tax cut for millionaires'

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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
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How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit
Grace of Monaco film panned: even the screenwriter pours scorn on biopic starring Nicole Kidman

Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people used to believe about periods

Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

If one was missed, vomiting blood was seen as a viable alternative
The best work perks: From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)

The quirks of work perks

From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)
Is bridge the latest twee pastime to get hip?

Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers
The rise of Lego Clubs: How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships

The rise of Lego Clubs

How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships
5 best running glasses

On your marks: 5 best running glasses

Whether you’re pounding pavements, parks or hill passes, keep your eyes protected in all weathers
Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada
Birthplace of Arab Spring in turmoil as angry Tunisians stage massive sit-in over lack of development

They shall not be moved: jobless protesters bring Tunisia to a halt

A former North African boom town is wasting away while its unemployed citizens stick steadfastly to their sit-in
David Hasselhoff's new show 'Hoff the Record': What's it like working with a superstar?

Hanging with the Hoff

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