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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: Vote for change. Real change
    Sunday, 2 May 2010

    In the first of those aims, hundreds of thousands did register, particularly the young; and on the second, turnout looks likely to climb out of the valley of apathy of the last two elections, buoyed by a close race and perhaps by the television debat...

  • Tim Lott: Sometimes it's hard to be a woman. Or a man. Or human
    Sunday, 2 May 2010

    Stephanie Merritt, Marian Keyes and Sally Brampton, all well-known writers, have gone public with their crippling disability. Other high-profile figures – among them the actor Emma Thompson and Coronation Street star Beverley Callard – have recently ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (02 May 2010)
    Sunday, 2 May 2010

    This incident just shows how far Labour has come in the last few years. Once the Labour Party might have understood that unlimited competition from cheap Eastern European workers undermines communities and destabilises once harmonious areas. Today, L...

  • DJ Taylor: If this election is getting to you, just find a dark room and lie down
    Sunday, 2 May 2010

    Take, for example, this white male, married-with-children, late-fortysomething voter living in a marginal Labour constituency in the east of England. As the product of a God-fearing, middle-class suburban home, ground down by a taxation system that t...

  • David Randall: So farewell, then, the New Labour years
    Sunday, 2 May 2010

    "Things Can Only Get Better", Cherie in a dressing-gown, and a bright, confident May morning. Bernie Ecclestone. Pretty straight kinda guys. That catch in his voice. The smile. Sincerity. "She was the People's Princess." Alastair Campbell. Cool Brita...

  • A C Grayling: Why no Asbo for the Pope?
    Sunday, 2 May 2010

    Compare the circumstances of two men whose occupations and avocations have brought them to pubic notice recently. One is Harry Taylor, an unemployed 59-year-old, who was found guilty last week in a Liverpool court of putting "offensive religious imag...

  • Ken Ritchie: What's so special about "my" MP?
    Sunday, 2 May 2010

    One of the supposedly sacred aspects of our system is "the constituency link", i.e. the idea that each of us has a single, local MP to whom we go when we have a problem. Whether you voted for them or not, the relationship with "your" MP is meant to b...

  • Katy Guest: Talk about me behind my back, but make it good
    Sunday, 2 May 2010

    Others are not so great, and include images that we wish we could wipe from our minds. But one of the nastier hangovers for a post-Big Brother society is the philosophy that if you've got something to say, you should say it to someone's face. Now, in...

  • Rhiannon Harries: 'Our kids are cheating? Better now than later in life'
    Sunday, 2 May 2010

    Parents desperately trying to drill the hard-work-equals-success message into book-shy kids might not have been especially heartened by the results of a survey published last week that revealed that more than half of all 16-year-olds witness cheating...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (02/05/10)
    Sunday, 2 May 2010

    If there is a hung parliament and the Queen has to pick a PM, will she encourage him to back electoral reform? Her Maj is typically gnomic on the subject, as you would expect, and her mother was a known opponent, but I can confirm that Prince Char...

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