Ed Balls

The former Labour minister played a key role in creating the poisonous atmosphere prevalent in British politics

By joshing about the differences between Eton and ‘minor public schools’, the Shadow Chancellor reveals just how out of touch he is

Why, with UK growth picking up faster than anyone predicted, isn’t Labour collapsing in the polls? Why does Labour win approval for policies that are clearly incompatible with running a successful free market economy? And what should the Conservatives do about it? The Chancellor, as he prepares his Budget, would be well advised to reflect on more than the Treasury forecast or ephemeral party polling data as he seeks an answer.

Our Mole wonders whether Labour’s unexpected outbreak of party unity will last beyond the leadership campaign

In ‘The God Delusion’, Richard Dawkins refers to the religious indoctrination of children as a form of abuse: it petrifies them with stories of hell and damnation, while simultaneously stunting their capacity for independent thought and reason.  Haringey Council – no strangers to the failure of providing proper care to local children - is clearly not a fan of this idea: on Friday it gave its backing to a school run by religious extremists Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT).

Now that the Conservative Party has admitted that David Cameron made a small error when criticising the government for giving public funds to the Islamic Shakhsiyah Foundation (ISF) – a charity which runs schools that teach Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT) ideology – the ball is right back in Labour’s court.