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Polly Toynbee is a Guardian columnist, formerly BBC social affairs editor. Her latest book, with David Walker, is Cameron's Coup, following on from The Verdict

No wonder the SNP are confident - the Tories behave as if they want Scotland gone

theguardian.com — Scotland will be gone: it feels almost gone already. In the hall of the SNP conference in Glasgow, the full force of this political tsunami rolled out in every speech at the weekend. Soaring SNP membership, at 103,000, would be equivalent to a UK-wide Labour or Tory party garnering 1.2 million supporters.

Battle for No 10: verdicts on the first of the leaders' TV programmes

theguardian.com — 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.

Britain mourns a monster - because he was a king. Richard III’s burial was absurd

theguardian.com — Pinch yourself, very hard. This must be anti-royalist satire? No, we're wide awake as the nation mourns its most reviled monster of a king. Never was adulation of monarchy taken to such transcendently absurd heights.

The NHS needs serious money, and our politicians are refusing to face it

theguardian.com — The wonder of the NHS is its remarkable resilience. It's no surprise that waiting times are higher than for years, A&E targets missed by miles and cancer treatment times falling. This analysis comes from the King's Fund, the respected independent institute that does for health what the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) does for tax and spend.

Cameron’s Wrongheaded Approach to the EU

theeuropean-magazine.com — This May, the people of the United Kingdom face a momentous choice. On the outcome of the general election depends not just UK membership in the European Union, but the very identity, even the existence, of our country.

Labour must blow away the fear with a blast on its underdog whistle

theguardian.com — A hailstorm of Twitter fury pounded Labour's Rachel Reeves last week when she told the Guardian: "We are not the party of people on benefits ... We're not the party to represent those who are out of work." Rage, despair and walkouts ensued. Doesn't Labour know most people relying on benefits are in work anyway?

Welcome to the National Gallery, Dr Finaldi. Now look after your staff

theguardian.com — Welcome to the new director of the National Gallery. Dr Gabriele Finaldi, from the Prado, knows it well from working there as a curator with Neil MacGregor until 2002. "I feel deeply honoured" he said. "I eagerly look forward to working with the trustees and the staff to strengthen the gallery's bond with the public."

Budget 2015: As Osborne plans more austerity, it’s time for Labour outrage

theguardian.com — Labour's lead over the Tories has all but evaporated. Its chance of being the biggest party looks fragile thanks to the SNP, plus Green and Ukip votes in a few knife-edge marginals. Labour's failure to capture the public imagination means that day by day the risk grows of David Cameron returning to reshape the state through an austerity deeper than anything his party has yet dared.

Yet another cash-for-influence scandal. No wonder voters are enraged

theguardian.com — Another day, another great stink arises from Westminster. Now the Liberal Democrats are caught apparently offering to bend rules on party donations. Money contaminates politics yet again - nothing new here. This might be funny in its pathos. A party on the verge of extinction is caught offering "help" just as its power evaporates.

Iain Duncan Smith’s family values won’t help the poor

theguardian.com — What a magician our work and pensions secretary has proved to be. Iain Duncan Smith has the power to keep parents together, and soon through sheer force of magical thinking - and nifty prestidigitation with statistics - he may make them marry too.
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Mar 31, 2015

RT @GeorgeMonbiot: To those who hand out medals: please give one to the Tube worker who did this. pic.twitter.com/8ta3BaP8XP

Mar 31, 2015

RT @UnemployedNet: @pollytoynbee @Conservatives claim they have created 1,000 jobs a day - but two-thirds mostly fake self-employment unemployednet.org/1000-jobs-crea…

Mar 31, 2015

RT @HaddowL: No wonder the SNP are confident – the Tories behave as if they want Scotland gone -@pollytoynbee gu.com/p/47557/stw

Mar 31, 2015

RT @Busty1956: @pollytoynbee Oh the irony of this. Someone needs to read David Cameron's own quote back to him: pic.twitter.com/chytcwZcLB

Mar 31, 2015

RT @davidtorrance: Good, nuanced @pollytoynbee column reflecting on SNP conference, #GE2015 & Saturday's Write On! debate in Glasgow: http:…

Mar 31, 2015

RT @LabourEoin: 230 Zero Hours Jobs created *Every Day* under the Tories. That's more than half a million Zero Hours jobs in 5 years. pic.twitter.com/vG9HpGqgBV

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