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  • Leading article: Mr Brown's unexpected electoral legacy
    Tuesday, 11 May 2010

    In announcing his intention to resign as Prime Minister and leader of the Labour Party, Mr Brown bowed to the inevitable. He had led his party to defeat in the election; until a late rally in the final days, he had fought a lacklustre campaign. That ...

  • Leading article: Mr Clegg should act in the national interest
    Monday, 10 May 2010

    There is nothing unseemly about this process. In stable political systems across the world, parties fight robustly on distinctive policy platforms in election campaigns in order to win as many votes as possible. And then, when the campaign is over, t...

  • Leading article: Tackle the cause, not the symptoms
    Tuesday, 11 May 2010

    There are grounds for hope. This is the first serious attempt by European politicians to get ahead of the problem. For one thing, the scale of this package – €750bn – is sufficiently large to have exceeded investors' expectations. It is comprehensive...

  • Sean O'Grady: Brown out. PR back on the table. Has Clegg snatched victory from the jaws of defeat?
    Tuesday, 11 May 2010

    At 6.20pm yesterday, Clegg turned the historic Liberal dilemma to overwhelming tactical advantage. No doubt he was influenced by a tsunami of protest from his own grassroots, councillors and MPs about the bizarre insanity of a Lib-Con deal, and is no...

  • Denis MacShane: An intellectual and moderniser who showed leadership right to the end
    Tuesday, 11 May 2010

    On Brown's face there was a wan smile, as if he knew that his announcement would suddenly make him a prophet in his own land and that the renunciation of his office would abruptly reveal a man once again about to be popular. In contrast to Tony Blair...

  • Leading article: Credit where it isn't due
    Monday, 10 May 2010

    It has since emerged that these agencies were not only incompetent, but also possibly corrupt. The US Senate Subcommittee on Investigations has discovered evidence that Moody's and Standard & Poor's tailored their verdicts on the quality of subpr...

  • Armando Iannucci: The result perfectly expresses contempt, confusion and sheer bloody-mindedness
    Monday, 10 May 2010

    The most obvious feature was that absolutely nobody won. Depending when you were born, there were various cultural comparisons to make. The constitutional expert Peter Hennessy, clearly a child of the 60s, called it the Mick Jagger election in that n...

  • Letters: Electoral reform
    Tuesday, 11 May 2010

    The situation is ludicrous. The party with least seats and least votes is dictating the agenda – a classic case of the tail wagging the dog. It's the perfect demonstration of why proportional representation should never be introduced in this county...

  • Rupert Cornwell: A small nudge towards breaking the conservative grip on the judiciary
    Tuesday, 11 May 2010

    The first is the wide power accorded by the US constitution to the judicial branch of government headed by the Court, a power that has if anything grown of late as Congress has become more polarised and ineffectual. The second is that once he or she ...

  • Jonathan Isaby: Are the Liberal Democrats seriously saying they would prop up a Labour government?
    Tuesday, 11 May 2010

    The public will be startled at the idea that the Liberal Democrats may allow a party so comprehensively defeated at the polls to remain in government – and under a second unelected prime minister in a row. Would it not be a supreme irony, after all t...

  • Letters: Hung parliaments
    Monday, 10 May 2010

    The First-Past the Post (FPTP) electoral system allows the party which forms a government to put power before principle and party interest before the wishes of the people. Any system which invokes the use of a "whip" to force its members to toe the...

  • Leading article: Turkey twizzle
    Monday, 10 May 2010

    But like all change, this revolution is bound to leave many feeling uncomfortable. And there is indeed something unsettling about the prospect of free-range Turkey Twizzler. Can something so reviled by polite society be rehabilitated? It is rather as...

  • Thomas Kielinge: Germany would never agree to such an unfair system
    Monday, 10 May 2010

    For most of the time the consensus forged out of the necessity to compromise has served the country well. Coming from the utter devastation after 1945, Germans were guided by a national unity of conviction as to how to build a stable, new-found democ...

  • Sarah Arnott: Our hunt for black gold must go on
    Monday, 10 May 2010

    This is no call for complacency. The scale of the destruction is already heartbreaking as the slick washes on to the Louisiana coast. Every effort must be made to establish causes, stamp out regulatory laxity and make sure such a calamity is never re...

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