News In a highly unusual move, Ed Miliband has induced the Daily Mail to grant him the right of reply to an article attacking him

In a highly unusual move, Ed Miliband has induced the Daily Mail to grant him the right of reply to an article attacking him. It is a right that  newspapers are understandably reluctant to concede, lest their columns be filled with nothing but the wailing replies from wronged politicians. But there again, it is unusual to attack a politician by going for his dead father.

The Big Society in crisis: Are the wheels coming off the PM's Big Idea?

Major report says cuts are undermining the Tories' flagship policy as the public struggles to understand what it means

Steve Richards: Our republican conspiracy of silence

No public figure that governs, or hopes to govern can go near the issue. It would be the end of their careers

No 10 under Cameron: The three acts of the PM's leadership

He wanted to restore cabinet government and bring order to Labour 'anarchy'. But not everything has gone to plan

Battle of the Big Society: Tories go on the offensive

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

Can the Big Society work?

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

Steve Richards: The dangers of shock and awe politics

In its first six months the Coalition has accelerated with a dizzier speed than Thatcher in 1979 – and on more fronts

Matthew Norman: Ken's sacking must surely be on Cameron's Christmas list

The autocratic Mrs Thatcher would have fired Clarke in an instant for brazenly challenging her on fixed sentences for knife crime

Steve Richards: Power to the people is a bold idea, but do people want the power?

The degree to which the reforms will deliver improved public services cannot be easily discerned. In some ways that is the point

BBC chief defends impartiality after No 10 meeting

The director general of the BBC today defended the corporation's impartiality after it was disclosed he met a senior government aide in Downing Street to discuss coverage of the Government's spending cuts.

Peter York: Cameron's not as posh as you think he is

If you live and work in Big London, the smart centre, it's easy to think that everyone you know - everyone 'middle class' - earns £100,000 and deserves it

Steve Richards: But what if the Big Society doesn't work?

While the over-riding motive is not directly connected to our economic situation, lack of resources is why the vision is so limited

Bruce Anderson: Creative tension is binding the coalition

Civil servants would rather work for a rude but effective minister than for a courteous and weak one
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