Voices

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

Letters: An open letter to Russell Brand

Constructive action is what is called for here

Labour Peer The Right Honourable, Lord Alli pictured in his offices in Aldwych, Central London

'Constitutional crisis' if Lords reject gay marriage, senior peer warns

The Government could be plunged into a “constitutional crisis” if members of the House of Lords reject plans for gay marriage this week, a senior peer has warned.

Siobhan Benita, an independent candidate running for the post of the Mayor of London

Mary Ann Sieghart: We need more independents to break the parties' stranglehold

Fed up with all three main parties? Fancy a bold, clever, sensible independent candidate to represent your city? That's what Londoners are being offered on Thursday, but the political and media establishments are doing their best to crush her. We have a 20th-century political system failing to cope with 21st-century politics.

Alex Wheatle: A hope I feel in spite of so many wrongs

The recent intolerance displayed by the public towards racial abuse is encouraging

Ian Birrell: Like it or not, the PM has never been stronger. He should exploit it

Since the referendum, the Lib Dems have been a destructive presence, endlessly opposing ideas

Tory MPs scorn Clegg's House of Lords reforms

Nick Clegg's flagship plan for an elected House of Lords ran into an immediate storm of protest which cast doubt over whether he would be able to force it through Parliament.

Leading article: An opportunity to complete the reform of a feudal relic

The fact that the House of Lords is not a major national talking point is neither here nor there

Peers warn Nick Clegg they will fight Lords reform

Senior peers warned Nick Clegg last night that he will face a strong rearguard action by them over his plans to turn the House of Lords into an elected chamber.

Mary Ann Sieghart: If it ain't broken Nick, don't try to fix it

Messing with the Lords will make Clegg look out of touch, at a time when most voters are worried about losing their job

Leading article: Mr Clegg must raise his price for keeping the Tories in power

In the unlikely event that Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats can draw any consolation from their multiple election defeat, it is that it took place as early as it did in their planned five-year term in government. They have time to look back over the lessons of the past 12 months and act on them in good time for the next general election.

Reformists turn on Clegg after landslide defeat in voting referendum

Clegg blamed as referendum on voting system backs status quo / Liberal Democrats left reeling after huge losses in local elections

Mary Dejevsky: Real achievements that show Clegg's plight is undeserved

While he is guilty of some misjudgements, he has also suffered some very bad luck and been let down by some naive and disgracefully fickle supporters

Britain's long and painful journey towards a truly fair electoral system

The British love their traditions. That is why the No2AV campaign has used the argument that it is defending a voting system that has served us, so David Cameron claims, for "centuries". But the reality is that our voting system is not a timeless ritual sanctified by antiquity but something that has evolved. Here are some key dates:

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