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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

If they turn out, young voters can get Cameron out

theguardian.com — Ed Miliband is entering the great generation war. Earlier this week David Cameron made his pledge never to touch a penny of pensioners' perks, be they as rich as a duke, shamelessly bribing grey voters. Miliband replies with a pledge to the young. This is a miserably unequal battle.

Miliband’s hands are clean, but the Rifkind and Straw sting may still hurt

theguardian.com — Another sting, another hammer blow to the reputation of politicians. How boneheaded and brainless can a pair of ex-foreign secretaries be, if they can't smell a rat in a bogus Chinese company? But greed and flattery overpower the common sense of even those seasoned in wily diplomacy.

Time is running out for voters to wake up to the Tories’ cataclysmic plans

theguardian.com — Ration life! Limit the value of a good year of human life to £13,000 to spend on any one drug, says a report from Professor Karl Claxton of York University. Spend more and other patients die for lack of funds.

Who dares confront Jeremy Hunt, NHS bully-in-chief?

theguardian.com — A "climate of fear" pervades the NHS, warns a report by Robert Francis QC. Over 19,000 NHS staff gave evidence that speaking out about poor care is a career-threatening risk. Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, responded by promising a whistleblowers' protection law before the election: "The message must go out that we are calling time on bullying, intimidation and victimisation which has no place in our NHS."

Listen to Polly Tonybee and David Walker's long read on David Cameron's assault on the state

Miliband claims victory after Fink drops threat to sue over tax avoidance claim

theguardian.com — Ed Miliband claimed a partial victory in the battle over Britain's wealthy tax avoiders after former Conservative party treasurer Lord Fink abandoned his threat to sue if Miliband repeated a claim that he avoided tax.

Taxpayer funding of politics is better than the sordid status quo

theguardian.com — The stink of tax avoiders and evaders encouraged by HSBC to hide bricks of money from tax collectors gets even worse as it emerges that so many party donors have Swiss bank accounts, which may or may not have been used for that purpose.

With penalties so weak, tax evasion is worth the risk

theguardian.com — At last night's Black and White ball to raise funds for the Conservatives, more than 500 phenomenally rich donors gathered in London's Grosvenor House hotel - last year's guests were worth £22bn. Paying £15,000 for dinner was peanuts compared to sums this assembly of plutocrats will donate to the party - no wonder there's been a news lockdown.

Polly Toynbee: 'If you read the Guardian, join the Guardian'

theguardian.com — The Guardian is always free to hold power to account: to take on politicians, global corporations, the secret security state or great vested interests. We have dared where many shied away - on Wikileaks, the Snowden revelations or hacking and intrusion by the Murdoch press and others.

Here’s how Labour should tackle the tax avoiders: an Office of Tax Responsibility

theguardian.com — Tesco faces another investigation, for allegedly delaying payments of bills to suppliers and charging them for prominent shelf space, in a manner that breaches the groceries supply code of practice. Tesco faces no fines - but legislation is promised that will allow the regulator to slap on penalties in future.
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Mar 01, 2015

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Mar 01, 2015

RT @DavidGWrigley: Another privatisation by Tories - East Coast Rail today moves to private sector. And it made £1bn profit for Treasury m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-316809…

Mar 01, 2015

RT @spellar: RT @patrickwintour: Labour's tuition fees cut gets pasting in Sundays, but supported 3 to 1 in YouGov poll,

Mar 01, 2015

RT @RachaelMaskell: FACT: FTSE executive pay rose by 26% in real terms since 2010, ave wage cut = 8.4%. Address high pay, low pay, fair tax & #LivingWage now

Mar 01, 2015

RT @montie: 64% back Ed Miliband's new tuition fees policy and only 20% oppose --- via @timesredbox pic.twitter.com/nkr0A3QOG6

Mar 01, 2015

RT @GabrielScally: @SocialistHealth Could you remind us why Bevan removed health services from Local Authorities and created the #NHS?

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RT @Independent: Tristram Hunt wants girls to have careers advice before the age of 10 ind.pn/1G5LH3o pic.twitter.com/Xk6cvPAKqG

Mar 01, 2015

RT @PickardJE: Do voters like being described as "Lidl People" by the prime minister? Discuss.... thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/n…

Mar 01, 2015

Today Branson seizes East Coast trains,despite £1bn profit.Cam fears successful public comparator shows up private twitter.com/guardiannews/s…

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