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George Osborne appearing on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, 5 July 2015

George Osborne says benefits should be capped at £20,000 to meet average earnings – but working families take home £31,500

It is our youngest that will disproportionately bear the brunt of the lower income cap

The BBC has agreed to fund the £650m annual cost of providing free television licences for the over-75s

Osborne’s assault on the BBC is doing Murdoch’s dirty work

It makes no sense for the Government to shrink the BBC brand online. Unless of course that is its principal objective

Liz Kendall on the BBC

Labour leadership: Being childless makes a person no less qualified for the job of being prime minister

Is there some sort of added intellectual ability that is beamed in upon becoming a parent?

Suspicious minds: Rachel McAdams and Colin Farrell star in 'True Detective'

True Detective: Far from being gay, it’s remarkable just how many fictional LGBT characters are miserable

The result: homosexual relationships end up being framed as inevitably disastrous

Protesters march with banners during an anti-austerity, anti-Conservative Party protest in May

Budget 2015: Why do we call social security payments 'benefits'? They are a right, not a reward

Discussions around welfare simultaneously demonise those who rely on social security and fetishize the ‘hard working family’

Laura Bassett signs autographs for England fans after the quarter-final victory

Daily catch-up: Ken Livingstone's finest moment – his response to the 7 July 2005 bombings

Plus energy prices, Harriet Harman and Sensible Labour, the end of the euro, and the missing dollar riddle

Karen Danczuk is married to anti-child sex abuse campaigner Simon Danczuk MP

The less said about the Danczuks the better – but try and stop them

It’s not often one yearns for the era of sexless political robots like John Major...

Budget 2015: George Osborne should earn his reputation for courage by abolishing free TV licences for the over 75s

The Conservative Party should be worried when its Chancellor of the Exchequer starts to behave like Gordon Brown on a bad day.

The possibility of Corbyn winning has excited some Conservatives

Labour leadership: The choice at the heart of the leadership campaign

Are we slightly fairer managers of the same way of doing things or the architects of a better way?

Pablo Iglesias, the leader of Spain’s anti-austerity party Podemos

Greece debt crisis: Trouble is, if you help the Greeks, everyone will want the same favours

The eurozone and European Commission are facing an impossible dilemma

A memorial dedicated to the 52 people that were killed during the 7/7 terror attacks in London is cleaned in London's Hyde Park

There are no heroes in the Greek crisis that ended the euro

Referendums give voters an artificial sense of empowerment and can formalise a vague nationalist assertiveness

Are we the sexiest generation of all time? Thanks to Tinder, hell yeah we are

In today’s glorious and beautiful technological climate you are never more than a click away from a bonking

All a-flutter: Marbled White Butterfly (Melanargia galathea) resting on a flower

Lepidopterists rejoice – our finest butterfly month is almost here

Nature Studies: There is a growing army of butterfly enthusiasts in Britain

The memorial to the 7/7 bombing victims

After the London bombings on 7 July I became a 'British Muslim' - suddenly my religious identity took centre stage

Now every time I hear of another terrorist attack, I pray it wasn't orchestrated by a Muslim

A ballot box is emptied by a voting official at the closing of polling stations in Athens, Greece July 5, 2015. Greece voted on Sunday on whether to accept more austerity in exchange for international aid, in a high-stakes referendum likely to determine whether it leaves the euro-currency area after seven years of economic pain.

Greece debt crisis: Too many Greeks decided the referendum question was 'Do you want to pay more humiliating and unfair taxes?'

Mr Tsipras  behaved as though he was still a radical student throwing rocks at riot police

Supporters of the No vote react after the first results of the referendum at Syntagma square in Athens

It’s not whether we’re rich or poor, but what we expect that really counts

It’s psychologically much more painful to go from something to nothing than it is to go from nothing to nothing.

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