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  • Leading article: Quick opinion polls do not reflect the real debate in this crucial election
    Saturday, 1 May 2010

    The televised leadership debates are a useful addition to British politics. They allow voters to form judgements about the main party leaders which are unfiltered by the lenses of our national newspapers, most of which present the news from a distinc...

  • Leading article: Ultimately, a question of judgement
    Friday, 30 April 2010

    Far from rogue radio microphones and frustrated pensioners, the Prime Minister looked at home as he expounded on deficits, taxation and "immoral" Conservative policies. David Cameron delivered another fluent, if unspectacular, performance. And Nick C...

  • Letters: The final leaders' debate
    Saturday, 1 May 2010

    It can't be Gordon, with his dreadful record of spending money that isn't there. And telegenic young Nick does seem to have some terribly wacky ideas about finance. So this leaves Dave: he's a dark horse but he seems the best bet. Peter Trevvett ...

  • Leading article: Arizona and the fears over immigration
    Saturday, 1 May 2010

    But even if the law is adjudged to be a violation of civil rights and an invitation to harassment and racial profiling, the issue at its core will not go away. Nor is it confined to the US, as the heated exchanges over immigration in Thursday's final...

  • Caroline Sagesser: This surreal legislation will just divide the people further
    Saturday, 1 May 2010

    The proposal to ban the wearing of any kind of "full veil" in public approved by the House of Representatives should now in theory go to the Senate. But Belgium does not have a government at the moment so the procedure will begin again after election...

  • John Curtice: Voters judged the debates based on their prejudices
    Saturday, 1 May 2010

    Then there are the uncommitted, still not quite sure which party they are going to support, if any. Some of them might only be watching by chance. Yet it is their votes that are most likely to be influenced by what they see and hear. The former is by...

  • Amy Jenkins: Unlike the internet, the Twitter mob mentality is mostly genial
    Saturday, 1 May 2010

    There are factors other than Twitter, of course – like the fact that the polls are so close – and the Nick Clegg spanner in the works. There's also The X Factor effect of the TV debates – although whether that's something to love is another question....

  • Sofka Zinovieff: Misunderstood and insulted, we are left with the taste of bitter oranges
    Saturday, 1 May 2010

    The number of empty shops is increasing each week. "To Let" signs are up everywhere and trade is reported down about a third by small businesses. Even neighbourhood tavernas, with their good, cheap cooking, testify that customers now limit themselves...

  • Steve Clifford: If Christians are marginalised, it is not just the fault of secular society
    Friday, 30 April 2010

    When I watched Gary McFarlane interviewed on television a couple of weeks ago, I felt here was a man whose advice and counsel I would appreciate if ever my marriage was in difficulty. Yet he has just been in court fighting one of the most respected c...

  • Robert Verkaik: Lord Carey's proposal is a step back to medieval days
    Friday, 30 April 2010

    The Anglican prelate's self-serving proposition that there should be a law that imposes a special duty on the judiciary to be sympathetic to the teachings of the Church of England, or indeed any other religion, is risible. Yet Lord Justice Laws devot...

  • Church's call for religious judges is rejected by Court of Appeal
    Friday, 30 April 2010

    Gary McFarlane, a devoutly Christian marriage counsellor who used to work for the charity Relate, went to the Court of Appeal yesterday in an attempt to overturn his sacking two years ago after he refused to provide sexual advice for gay couples. The...

  • Leading article: America's energy crisis
    Friday, 30 April 2010

    It also highlights the policy tightrope that America must walk, as the world's greediest consumer of energy chases its dream of a future free from dependence on foreign oil, much of it from politically unstable parts of the world. Some time this summ...

  • Michael McCarthy: This couldn't have happened at a worse time or a worse place
    Friday, 30 April 2010

    The gigantic slick is likely to hit marine and coastal wildlife at the height of the breeding season, said Aaron Viles, the campaign director of the New Orleans-based Gulf Restoration Network. "We are very concerned, especially if you look at it in t...

  • Leading article: A child's imagination
    Saturday, 1 May 2010

    So one can sympathise with the group of writers led by the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy in throwing their literary weight behind those headteachers who have decided to boycott the national curriculum's tests for 11-year-olds. Some evaluation of chil...

  • Deborah Ross: 'Making your own jam will save you having to go to the corner shop to buy it, which can take nearly two minutes'
    Saturday, 1 May 2010

    As far as I can gather, you then have to do a huge amount of stirring at 105 degrees (the jam, I think, not you) while ensuring that no burning occurs (still the jam, not you) and while not wearing open-toed sandals (you, not the jam) in case of hot ...

  • Edzard Ernst: Why alternative medicine wins from the foundation's demise
    Saturday, 1 May 2010

    He seems to think that the nation should be force-fed on alternative medicine today, while research into these treatments might be conducted some time in the future. I, on the other hand, have often pointed out that research has to come first; it sho...

  • Letters: Cameron can't go back to the past
    Friday, 30 April 2010

    I was born and lived in the village of Brompton near Northallerton, North Yorkshire, in the 1950s and 1960s: population less than 2,000 then. As a travelling salesman, I was one of the few with a car then, and the villagers were pretty well self-supp...

  • Leading article: Let it flow
    Friday, 30 April 2010

    Trust royalty and its palace preservers to ignore the killjoys of the police and the nay-sayers of the medical profession, complaining of the British thirst for alcohol, their debauched nights and drunken revelries by day. That's not the spirit, nor ...

  • John Curtice: There are signs that public interest has been stimulated
    Friday, 30 April 2010

    At the last two elections turnout reached a low point. Before 2001 turnout had never fallen below the 70 per cent mark at any election held since the end of the First World War. But in that year just 59 per cent made it to the polls, while at 61 per ...

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