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It’s one of those awkward family photos that would be best gathering dust in an album, seen only by the eyes of one's nearest and dearest.

Katy Guest: Fashion's passion-killer: flesh-coloured tights

A lot of people wouldn't think it to look at me, but every now and then there comes along a fashion moment that really cheers me up. Not in the traditional run-out-and-buy-it way, of course. But because you've got to celebrate anything that persuades young and pretty people deliberately to make themselves look uglier.

Who wants an untidy slob as a husband? And who's got one?

Sarah Sands gathers up the leaders’ dropped hints at manly disorder

Carola Long: 'Nothing turns one off an outfit faster than you can say ‘hung parliament’ than seeing it on a politician’s wife'

The party leaders and their wives have been going all out to prove that they are just like us. And a key part of getting down with the people has been dressing-down with the people. This election has entailed an unprecedented parade of casual clothes, from SamCam's jeans and Converse to Mr & Mrs Nick Clegg's sensible weekend jumpers. It's not so much the Mumsnet election as the Converse election.

Randall & Rentoul unleashed: It's a mad, mad, mad electoral world

Don't just tune out the spin, the phoney baloney and the ersatz earnestness.Enjoy the democratic experience as our detectives debunk and decode

Dylan Jones: 'While we like to think of ourselves as egalitarian, we still care about class very deeply'

I like to think I am above filling out questionnaires in magazines and newspapers, but apparently I am not. Not at all. A few weeks ago I was idly working my way through the Sunday papers, when I came across the following quiz: "How posh are you?"

Caine stars in the Etonian job

Moves to recruit a citizen's army of teenagers to carry out community work were spelt out by David Cameron at the first Conservative press conference of the campaign.

Samantha Cameron goes solo on campaign trail

Samantha Cameron hit the campaign trail today as she visited a Christian charity for the homeless and vulnerable.

Pandora: Cold turkey for Dave Groh after caffeine scare

Fans across the world mourned when chemical dependencies prematurely robbed us of such musical greats as Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Keith Moon, to name but a few.

David Cameron's wife Samantha pregnant

Samantha Cameron is expecting a baby in September, it was announced today.

Matthew Bell: The <i>IoS</i> Diary (21/03/10)

First cuckoo of spring

DJ Taylor: The polls are not infallible. Popes, on the other hand...

Single-issue voters will always wrong-foot the pollsters; papal protesters need to see the bigger picture; why most of us are posh; blind planning; and slang

Pandora: Hoon shoots well wide for top football job

Having recently fronted what has to be regarded as one of the most hapless political coup attempts in modern memory, it would be fair to venture that Geoff Hoon's stock hasn't exactly rocketed in subsequent weeks.

Leaders' wives: The not-so-secret weapons

Sarah Brown was first, then Samantha Cameron. Next up is Miriam Gonzalez Durantez, spouse of Nick Clegg

Geoffrey Wheatcroft: Politicians can't complain about privacy

They are mistaken in thinking that we want to be taken into their domestic lives

I would sack Osborne if I had to, says Cameron

David Cameron would be prepared to sack George Osborne from his government despite the close friendship between the men, the Tory leader insists in an interview tomorrow.

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