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

Minority parties - From fringe to centre-stage

Opportunities for single-issue groups have never been greater, explains Michael Savage

The Hacker: With Mr Lebedev's help, I can prove I'm an old smoothie

Regular readers will be aware that as part of my new gameplan this year I am attempting to go for accuracy rather than distance by slowing down my swing. In order that I maintain the steady tempo essential to this task, I recite the name Alexander Cadogan under my breath during the course of the swing.

Greens drop by-election bombshell on major parties

Mainstream parties were routed in an astonishing council by-election result just days before Prime Minister Gordon Brown is expected to call a general election.

Tony Juniper: Not bold enough, not green enough, just not enough

This budget is simply marking time before the election. We should have seen bolder ideas to create a sense of fairness, security and economic stability, but we will have to wait until after the country has gone to the polls. So it is perhaps not surprising that yesterday's announcement was so disappointing.

The Hacker: Drinking too much of the black stuff keeps me off the greens

My golfing ambitions for the spring, if it should ever come, depend mainly on the acquisition of a steady, rhythmic swing that will maintain consistency under the pressures of a series of torrid rounds. At the moment, I am taking my timing from slowly repeating the name Alexander Cadogan during the swing, and it is working well.

World Focus: Ladies of the left spell trouble for Sarkozy's re-election bid

A resurgent left, and the rapid growth of the Greens, look certain to condemn President Nicolas Sarkozy to two years' hard labour when French regional elections are completed this weekend. Opinion polls suggest that an alliance of the Socialists, the Greens and the harder left is likely to sweep at least 21 of the 22 regions in Metropolitan France after the second round of voting tomorrow.

Rwanda's democratic credentials under fire

Host of UN environment event accused of clamping down on its Green party

Cynthia McKinney: Leaders' lack of respect for rule of law makes us all victims of 9/11

The war on terror did not go away with George Bush. When President Barack Obama came to power there was so much hope, but as the US Green Party presidential candidate I did not share it.

BNP row reignites over reply to party leaders' TV debates

The major broadcasters face anger after deciding to invite Nick Griffin, the British National Party leader, to reply to the televised Prime Ministerial debates during the general election campaign.

Pandora: Hail to the Greens: Thom gets political

It's been almost five years since Thom Yorke delivered his famous snub to Tony Blair by refusing to meet the then Prime Minister for a discussion on global warming.

Caroline Lucas: You Ask The Questions

The Green Party leader, MEP and parliamentary candidate for Brighton Pavilion answers your questions, such as 'Why did Copenhagen fail?' and 'Would you cycle to work at Westminster?'

'I'll be voting for you because I believe in the future'

"How would you like," says Caroline Lucas to passers-by, fat green rosette on her lapel, "to vote for social justice and the environment, and be part of history as well?" (She means by electing her as the Member for Brighton Pavilion, and thus Britain's first Green MP.)

Leading article: Green shoots

The report we carry in today's paper – that Brighton is likely to become the first constituency in Britain to elect an MP from the Green Party – is welcome news. Ours is practically the only sizeable country in Europe without a Green representative in the legislature. That can't be right. Greens have sat in the French parliament since 1997 and have supplied Germany with a foreign minister, in the shape of Joschka Fischer.

Poll surge suggests Greens on course for first Commons seat

Caroline Lucas poised to secure historic breakthrough in Brighton

Neo-Nazi thugs left me brain-damaged, Tatchell reveals

Gay-rights activist forced to step down as election candidate
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The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
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Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
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From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
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How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
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Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
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Feather dust-up

A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
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Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

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Louis van Gaal interview

Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
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Will Gore: Outside Edge

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Britain as others see us

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How did our legends really begin?

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Lambrusco is back on the menu

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