The number of civil servants has, interestingly, dropped very substantially under the Coalition. Whether as a result of redefinition or of stripping down, the numbers have fallen since the Brownite high point, from over half a million to a mere 434,000.
Turmoil at No 10
The newspapers have outdone themselves with an eclectic collection of April Fools' Day japes, but were you taken in?
David Cameron now has a special app to run the country. But what else is on his iPad? John Rentoul sneaks an iPeek
Radical plans to make it easier for employers to sack their workers could soon become a reality. Yet they remain hugely controversial
Ministers rush to distance themselves from Steve Hilton's idea to scrap maternity leave
Oliver Bennett heads to Farrow & Ball country to find out
Yesterday was a good day to slip out the news that David Cameron's chief of staff, Ed Llewellyn, is one of three special advisers working in Downing Street on a salary of £140,000 a year.
It's been a bad week for the PM's pet idea. Now he has to prove it's more than just motherhood and apple pie
In the first part of a three-day debate, our chief political commentator Steve Richards examines the genesis, development and ultimate misjudgment of a Coalition policy that, he argues, is doomed to fail
The Saturday Column
David Cameron sat down in the Thatcher Room on the third floor of the Millbank Tower at 3.45pm yesterday and made the most important telephone call of his political life. It was to Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat leader, and it was to offer him a coalition that Mr Cameron hoped could put both men in power for the next five years.
The Milibands' attempt to portray Tory leader as a throwback to the Eighties backfires spectacularly
Rifts emerge as polls show Tories eight seats short of majority
A series of leaks suggests that somebody wants to undermine Steve Hilton – and Tory traditionalists resentful of his touchy-feely politics are in the frame.