New Articles Waving and drowning: Nigel Farage’s local council success will not carry through to the next general election

Despite Nigel Farage's prediction that the UK Independence party will cause an “earthquake” in British politics at the European Parliament elections, Britons give Ukip as much chance of winning as finding life on Mars.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Scapegoats for society's many faults

Gillian Duffy was indeed bigoted, because she lumped eastern Europeans into one big moan and because in her area there is no major "influx" of our fellow EU citizens

The World at One, Radio 4<br/>The Vote Now Show, Radio 4

Post Duffy, we've got the politicians' number

Gillian Duffy: Rochdale Granny

Gillian Duffy was upset after Gordon Brown called her a bigot for raising the issue of immigration. She won&rsquo;t be voting Labour this time &ndash; but she is unconvinced by David Cameron. In more ways than one, it is the story of the election so far. Whitehall Editor Brian Brady investigates

Leading article: Quick opinion polls do not reflect the real debate in this crucial election

The gap between perception and reality bedevils modern politics. That is particularly true during a general election in the information-rich world of instant news where the speed of communication is matched only by the shallowness of what is communicated. The outcome of the final election leadership debate this week was a case in point.

Nevin's Notes: 01/05/2010

An alternative take on the election

Election Highlights of the Day: 01/05/2010

Show of the day

American TV audiences are getting a taste for "frumpy old English women."

Howard Jacobson: A morality play for these muddled times

Remember that the next time you ask for honesty: you don't want to hear it

Leading article: A child's imagination

You don't fatten a pig by weighing it, so a farmer might be made to say in a tale by the children's author Michael Morpugo. Something similar is true of the education of the nation's children, who are in danger of becoming over-examined and under-taught.

Brown still sees his economic record as the way to electoral salvation

As Lord Mandelson's speech at Labour's latest "launch event" was abruptly punctuated by the sound of a Volkswagen Golf ploughing into a nearby bus shelter yesterday morning, the gathered journalists could scarcely believe they had been presented with such a ready-made metaphor for Gordon Brown's last week on the campaign trail.

How Mrs Duffy refused to dance to anti-Brown tune played by &lsquo;The Sun&rsquo;

Newspaper tried to &lsquo;buy up&rsquo; voter called a bigot by the PM in a day of cloak-and-dagger manoeuvres. Andy McSmith reports

Rochdale makes its mark at last, to the regret of Mr Brown

An unguarded comment has put an often-overlooked town firmly in the political spotlight. Paul Vallely reports

Letters: Cameron can't go back to the past

From where David Cameron looks down, he may well see a broken society when he comes down into it. I don't from where I am. I see people of all ages dealing with what we have now as opposed to what we used to have, and doing a good job of it. They haven't broken society.

Joan Smith: How voting turned into shopping

The two questions I&rsquo;ve heard most often are: &ldquo;What have you ever done for me?&rdquo; and &ldquo;What are you going to do for me?&rdquo;,

Brown switches focus to economy

Gordon Brown insisted today he did understand public fears about immigration as he tried to move on from his "bigot" slur.

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