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Too many let electoral tactics influence their decision in the polling booth

F-word propels Irish MP to fame

An Irish backbencher has been propelled into political prominence after startling the Dublin parliament by using the F-word during a debate on the budget.

Labour to paint Cameron's target seats green

Labour is to step up its attack on the Conservative Party's climate change divisions by targeting 31 "green seats" that David Cameron needs to win the election.

SNP makes the case for Scottish independence

Salmond uses St Andrew's Day to launch campaign to break up the Union

Andrew Martin: Turn out the lights and let in the atmosphere

Public service announcement: the clocks went back an hour at 2am. When I was a boy in the 1970s, the end of Daylight Saving Time was a real jolt. The world was darker then, and quieter. In York, where I lived, I frequented the brooding enclave of Little Stonegate, most of which is medieval (some parts of it are Norman, for God's sake), and yet the council saw no particular need to draw attention to it – not on a winter's eve. A single lamp glowed inadequately there, and the place has lived in my dreams ever since.

Edward Barker: Who won in the BNP publicity war?

What has the Green Party been up to this week? You probably don’t know because its opponents have not been breaking into BBC studios, writing letters to the BBC demanding its censorship nor has it had a high profile national campaign launched against it.

<i>IoS</i> letters, emails &amp; online postings (11 October 2009)

The Conservative energy spokesman, Greg Clark, pledges that combating climate change is as big a priority for his party as it is for the other two main parties ("Global warming is not on our back burner", 4 October). More than 5 million British households spend more than 10 per cent of their disposable income on trying to keep warm in winter.

I'm sympathetic to demands for electoral reform, says Miliband

Minister tells 'Independent' meeting there is a strong case for alternative voting

Caroline Lucas: The Lib Dems' green policies are wilting

A reply to Nick Clegg's claim in the <i>IoS</i> that his is the eco-party

Tony Paterson: Germany's Greens look to victory, of a sort

Campaign trail

Nick Clegg: Eco politics for the real world

A vote for the Green Party would be a wasted vote, as only one party has both the will and the power to tackle climate change

Clegg: 'Don't waste your vote on the Greens'

Nick Clegg today urges voters who care about the environment not to "waste" their votes on the Green Party.

Switzerland's explosive war effort threatens environmental disaster

Deformed fish are being landed and served as sightseers flock to view toxic Second World War munitions raised from the floor of Lake Thun

Caroline Lucas: We are up against a rotten, dysfunctional system

What is immediately clear to anyone joining the Green Party conference in Hove this weekend is that this is a party with its sights set firmly on the future. As much of the talk inevitably focuses on the Green bid for Westminster, the buzz is almost tangible.

Have Greens finally found right conditions in which to grow?

As its conference annual conference opens, Andy McSmith finds a party ready to make an impact

Hurrah for veg: How primary children are learning to love their greens

Primary schools are becoming expert at tending vegetables, thanks to the RHS and Alan Titchmarsh, finds James Morrison
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Mullah Omar, creator of the Taliban, is dead... for the fourth time

Mullah Omar, creator of the Taliban, is dead... again

I was once told that intelligence services declare their enemies dead to provoke them into popping up their heads and revealing their location, says Robert Fisk
Margaret Attwood on climate change: 'Time is running out for our fragile, Goldilocks planet'

Margaret Attwood on climate change

The author looks back on what she wrote about oil in 2009, and reflects on how the conversation has changed in a mere six years
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Oculus Rift and the lonely cartoon hedgehog who could become the first ever virtual reality movie star

The cartoon hedgehog leading the way into a whole new reality

Virtual reality is the 'next chapter' of entertainment. Tim Walker gives it a try
Ants have unique ability to switch between individual and collective action, says study

Secrets of ants' teamwork revealed

The insects have an almost unique ability to switch between individual and collective action
Donovan interview: The singer is releasing a greatest hits album to mark his 50th year in folk

Donovan marks his 50th year in folk

The singer tells Nick Duerden about receiving death threats, why the world is 'mentally ill', and how he can write a song about anything, from ecology to crumpets
Let's Race simulator: Ultra-realistic technology recreates thrill of the Formula One circuit

Simulator recreates thrill of F1 circuit

Rory Buckeridge gets behind the wheel and explains how it works
Twitter accused of 'Facebookisation' over plans to overhaul reverse-chronological timeline

Twitter accused of 'Facebookisation'

Facebook exasperates its users by deciding which posts they can and can’t see. So why has Twitter announced plans to do the same?
Jane Birkin asks Hermès to rename bag - but what else could the fashion house call it?

Jane Birkin asks Hermès to rename bag

The star was shocked by a Peta investigation into the exotic skins trade
10 best waterproof mascaras

Whatever the weather: 10 best waterproof mascaras

We found lash-enhancing beauties that won’t budge no matter what you throw at them
Diego Costa biography: Chelsea striker's route to the top - from those who shared his journey

Diego Costa: I go to war. You come with me...

Chelsea's rampaging striker had to fight his way from a poor city in Brazil to life at the top of the Premier League. A new book speaks to those who shared his journey
Ashes 2015: England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

The biggest problem facing them in Birmingham was the recovery of the zeitgeist that drained so quickly under the weight of Australian runs at Lord's, says Kevin Garside
Women's Open 2015: Charley Hull - 'I know I'm a good golfer but I'm also just a person'

Charley Hull: 'I know I'm a good golfer but I'm also just a person'

British teen keeps her feet on ground ahead of Women's Open
Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkish President Erdogan could benefit politically from the targeting of the PKK, says Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Our choice is years of Tory rule under Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Yvette Cooper urged Labour members to 'get serious' about the next general election rather than become 'a protest movement'