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Executive Editor, Opinion and columnist at the Guardian, presenter of BBC R4's The Long View and author of upcoming thriller The 3rd Woman, out in July

The next TV election debate will be messy. Just like Britain’s politics — It was just like old times. Jeremy Paxman was back where he belongs, on the television toying with politicians for sport, making the prime minister and leader of the opposition look like cubs who'd recklessly wandered into the den of an aged lion - one who had not lost his appetite for raw meat.

Battle for No 10: verdicts on the first of the leaders' TV programmes — The bar was set low on the floor for Ed Miliband, expectations at sub-zero. As David Cameron's crew always knew, up was the only way the Labour leader could go - and he did. From now on, the more people see of Miliband over the next 42 days, the more they hear what he has to say, the better his chance of swinging undecideds his way.

Immigration: let’s change the way we talk about it — Today the Guardian makes the unusual move of devoting much of its opinion site and its long read to a single subject: immigration. That's not because, for all the frequently heard complaints, immigration is a taboo subject, one that is not discussed enough. It's discussed plenty.

Netanyahu sank into the moral gutter - and there will be consequences — The result was not the worst of it. Indeed, buried in the detailed numbers of this week's Israeli election were odd crumbs of consolation. No, what made Binyamin Netanyahu's emphatic win so dispiriting were the depths he plumbed to secure victory.

Budget cash to help tackle problem of urban seagulls — Kebab-stealing seagulls could have their wings clipped after George Osborne set aside £250,000 of budget funding to stop their scavenging raids on British towns and cities. Part of the chancellor's plan to get Britain "walking tall" involves more research into the aggressive behaviour of urban gulls, which the Treasury said had become widespread.

Osborne plans cuts of £30bn - but how can he squeeze welfare any further? — George Osborne's approach to austerity and tackling public debt will be a cornerstone of the Conservative's strategy in the campaign season. The chancellor is keen to project that he has made tough decisions to repair government finances and promote the UK's economic recovery. But he faces tough questions over his plans for a second Conservative term.

George Osborne rejects OBR forecast of 'much sharper squeeze on spending' — George Osborne has rejected the Office for Budget Responsibility's assessment that there will be a rollercoaster of deep cuts in the next parliament but refused to spell out what his plans would actually look like.

Budget 2015: beneath George Osborne’s performance was a party on the defensive — George Osborne is not a natural actor. For all the 5:2 makeover, the Caesar haircut and slimline profile, his voice is still reedy, prone to cracking mid-performance - and, more important, he can never quite hide his inner self. The stage directions may say benign and caring, but in repose his face turns unbidden into that default snarl.

Budget analysis: 'There were gimmicks and giveaways' - video

If the bankers want the gain they should feel the pain — Students at Harvard Business School probably know little of Millwall Football Club. Nevertheless the corporate titans of the future might do well to learn from the luckless London team, now sunk at the bottom of the English game's second tier and set to be relegated to its third.
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Apr 01, 2015

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Apr 01, 2015

RT @chris_coltrane: Roger Carr, chairman of arms manufacturer BAE Systems, is now vice-chairman of BBC Trust. Yet more left-wing bias!…

Apr 01, 2015

Make sure to watch the video. "Jeremy Clarkson joins Guardian drive for fossil fuel divestment"…

Mar 31, 2015

"Try repeatedly hitting yourself in the face. It will feel great when you stop." @NYTimeskrugman on UK economy…

Mar 30, 2015

Irritation of @EvanHD with Grant Shapps on #Newsnight seemed v sincere: the fury of a data nerd at manipulation of figures

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