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Party seeks to distance itself from Tories after tuition fees row as poll ratings remain low

Leading article: We were told to expect better

One of the great stalwarts of 20th-century British journalism, Louis Heren, was given a piece of advice when he was a young reporter in Washington. Whenever you are interviewing a politician, a veteran US journalist told him, always keep at the front of your mind the question: "Why is this lying bastard lying to me". It would be overly cynical to suggest that the maxim should be applied to every statement made by the current Coalition Government in Britain. But it is unfortunate that ministers have in recent days made two significantly misleading statements to the public or to Parliament.

Government accused of 'sleight of hand' over tuition fees

Thousands of the poorest graduates will be worse off under the Government's higher education reforms because of a statistical "sleight of hand" by ministers, The Independent has learnt.

Banker bonuses 'set to be slashed'

Banker bonuses were back in the spotlight today amid speculation the level of payouts earmarked for next year will be slashed.

Long-term Tory pact 'raving mad', says new Lib Dem president

Tim Farron risks raising hackles within the coalition as Nick Clegg pledges that 'plural politics is here to stay'

David Prosser: Murdoch is not blinking in the battle for Sky – nor should Vince Cable

Outlook: It would be remarkable if the Business Secretary did not ask Ofcom to investigate adeal that has the potential to transform the British media

'The young need careers advice more than ever'

To reduce school-leavers' careers services in a shrinking jobs market would be madness, argues Deirdre Hughes

Murdoch prepares to lock horns with cable

News Corp's bid for Sky is back on the agenda as the media giant prepares to go to the regulator. Nick Clark reports

Branches are given £1.3bn extra cash

The Post Office is to receive £1.3bn in extra government funding over the next four years, the Business Secretary, Vince Cable, announced yesterday. The money will be used to reform the Post Office network, but Mr Cable said there would be no closure programme.

Vince Cable cancels talk in face of student protests

Vince Cable last night cancelled a talk at Oxford University after being warned students were preparing to stage a major demonstration.

The Sketch: You know, I don't think anyone knows if there's anyone in the know?

We're going to look back on this as a golden age for observers. MPs, committees, ministers, the Chancellor in charge of £700bn of taxpayers' money – they're all waaaaay out of their depth. They don't know – but the better ones know they don't know, and the best know they can't ever know.

Vince Cable: 'Just cutting jobs is not sensible'

Simply cutting jobs was not a sensible way of downsizing Government departments because of the difference in pay between senior staff and other workers, a Cabinet minister said today.

New flat-rate pension would see payments raised by £40 a week

The state pension could be increased by more than £40 a week for all pensioners, under proposals to abolish means-tested benefits for the elderly.

Cameron pledges 'relentless focus on growth'

David Cameron today pledged a "relentless focus on growth" to help fill the hole left by the coalition's public sector cuts.

Cable set to tighten up foreign acquisitions

A radical shake-up of Britain's takeover laws has been signalled by the Secretary of State for Business, Vince Cable.

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