Voices

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

Affair with MP brings down scandal-hit Australian treasurer

After tearfully apologising two years ago for conduct that included sniffing a female colleague's chair and pinging another's bra strap, the Treasurer of Western Australia might have been expected to stay out of trouble. He didn't, and yesterday Troy Buswell was forced to resign from the state government following revelations of an affair with a Greens MP, Adele Carles.

Independent Cambridge debate: Live!

Featuring Steve Richards ("SR") and Johann Hari ("JH) from The Independent, and Nick Hillman ("NH" - Conservative party candidate for Cambridge), Julian Huppert ("JHu" - Lib Dem candidate), Tony Juniper ("TJ" - Green party candidate) and Daniel Zeichner ("DZ" - Labour party candidate)

For one night only? Climate change back on election agenda

climate change came back into the election as a live issue yesterday when the three main parties clashed over each other's credentials for fighting global warming.

From the youngest MP to the youngest ex-MP, if Harman has her way

A year after taking Norwich North, Chloe Smith faces an even bigger battle to retain the seat for the Tories

<i>IoS</i> letters, emails & online postings (25 April 2010)

David Cameron and Jeffrey Sachs are right when they say "we need targeted action to support women the world over" and strengthening the voice and role of women so that they are involved in the decision-making process is crucial ("Educated women hold the key to ending poverty", 18 April).

Can Caroline Lucas change British politics for ever?

As leader she has won her battle to transform the Green Party. Now, she is fighting to make history in Brighton

Green surge as main parties try to attract eco-vote

Environmental issues will be pushed up the agenda in the last 10 days of the election campaign, as Britain's major parties scuffle to attract the eco-vote, and the Greens remain on course to return their first MP to Parliament.

Open up politics to small parties, Lucas demands

First 'Independent Live' debate of the election hears leader of Green Party call for democratisation of campaign

Why my niche vote won't be a wasted vote

Ten years ago, as a first-time voter, Sophie Morris thought supporting the Greens was just about saving polar bears. Now, she argues, the party is getting serious

Heathrow shows clear air between parties

Environment Editor Michael McCarthy assesses the battle for the eco-vote

Best UK politician: Caroline Lucas

Since 1997, Britain's emissions of warming gases have actually risen – and if you factor in the emissions from goods now manufactured for us in China, they have risen dramatically. Very few politicians have been honest about the crisis we face, or demanded the swift transition to an economy powered by the power of the sun, the wind and the waves. Working on the inside, the Environment Secretary Ed Miliband has a strong claim to this award, often trying to drag other government departments towards radical low- carbon approaches. But he is, in the end, too tainted by ineffective compromises, and by his sometime promotion of false solutions like the myth of "clean coal", to clinch it.

The Sketch: No eruptions, just a tax hike

"Because that is what this party is about. It's about justice. It's about fairness. Vote for us and we'll put it right." Who said that? Who doesn't say that? They're all saying it, the Labour future is to be fair for all, the Tories claim fairness for their futurity, Liberal Democrats are fair for fairness's sake. They just can't help it.

Leading article: A Green vote is not wasted

The Green Party has been on quite a journey these past two decades. In the 1989 European elections, the party won an astonishing 15 per cent of the national vote. Two Brussels seats followed in 1999. And on 6 May Caroline Lucas has a strong chance of becoming the Greens' first representative in the Westminster parliament, as the party's leader contests the constituency of Brighton Pavilion.

Green manifesto shifts Lucas to left

'Robin Hood' tax policies put redistribution on equal footing with saving planet

Vote for me &ndash; wherever you live

Money's too tight to mention at the Labour party; that much is well-known.

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Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
7 best quadcopters and drones

Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve