David Cameron has fired the election starting gun

The prime minister has left Conservatives feeling they hold the advantage after a fortnight of duelling party conferencesThe phoney war is over. The campaign for 2015 has begun. On Wednesday, in what may well have been his sharpest, most effective spee...

Published by: The Guardian

If Britain loses Scotland it will feel like an amputation

I understand the lure of independence, but the prospect fills me with sadness for the country that would be left behindShortly after midnight, an email arrives. From a leading light of the campaign for Scottish independence, one who six months ago drea...

Published by: The Guardian

Ian McEwan on the Children Act – books podcast

The novelist talks to Jonathan Freedland and a Guardian audience about the moral dilemmas at the heart of his latest novel, The Children Act• Essay: Ian McEwan on the stories from the family courts that inspired his latest novel• Video: Ian M...

Published by: The Guardian

War is not always the answer

Perhaps it was my choice of holiday reading. The book that dominated my summer break was Howard Jacobson's exceptional and unsettling new novel, simply titled "J". The word "Jew" does not appear, yet that very absence is the book's haunting theme. He d...

Published by: The Jewish Chronicle