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  • Leading article: An unlikely partnership that could mark the start of a treacherous era
    Wednesday, 12 May 2010

    This is a cause for real regret. A Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition will not serve the cause of progressive politics in the way that a Labour-Liberal Democrat alliance would have. Liberal Democrat and Labour policies are closer and sounder on ...

  • Leading article: The coalition experience starts here
    Thursday, 13 May 2010

    Yet the personal rapport and relaxed bonhomie on display yesterday set a pleasing and optimistic tone that contrasted sharply with the tired earnestness of the outgoing Labour government. And while, after 70 years in abeyance, the art of governing in...

  • Simon Hughes: The Liberal Democrat party is stronger than ever
    Thursday, 13 May 2010

    This is the best available outcome for liberalism and for the country given last week's result. By entering into this coalition Liberal Democrats will be able to deliver on all of the four major policy priorities that we campaigned for at this electi...

  • Mary Ann Sieghart: Two of a kind - a coalition of style and substance
    Thursday, 13 May 2010

    Yet Nick Clegg and David Cameron are not identikit products of the upper-middle-class, the public-school system or the British Establishment. And the subtle differences in their backgrounds explain a lot about the men they are today and the chances o...

  • Geoffrey Wheatcroft: A shiny new face, but yet to win over either his party or the nation
    Wednesday, 12 May 2010

    Recently we've seen two exceptions: Nick Clegg changing the rules of the game with his appearance in the first televised debate last month, and before that, David Cameron seizing the Tory leadership with his bravura speech at the 2005 party conferenc...

  • Andy McSmith: How five days of tortuous talks finally yielded a coalition government
    Wednesday, 12 May 2010

    The Tories were so sure that they were on the threshold that at 7pm on Thursday, three hours before the polling booths closed, one of Mr Cameron's aides rang Jeremy Heywood, the Permanent Secretary in Downing Street, and spent five minutes reading hi...

  • Letters: Moral of Harold Macmillan's coat
    Thursday, 13 May 2010

    Back at Westminster, our teacher blagged her way into the House of Commons. The Commons chamber was very dark, with intricate carved wood, festooned with cobwebs. The green leather benches looked very soft and inviting but we were warned against touc...

  • Leading article: Radical new thinking required
    Thursday, 13 May 2010

    The leadership question is critical for Labour. The party needs a skilful and nimble performer if David Cameron and Nick Clegg, with their formidable presentational skills, are not to sweep all before them. And here Labour does have reason to be mode...

  • Clifford Coonan: Fear at the gates of my son's school
    Thursday, 13 May 2010

    However, getting into this happy event was no easy task. "Dad, I have something very important to tell you. Please listen very carefully," my son said two days before the event as he explained the security arrangements for his big day. The scene outs...

  • Susie Rushton: Now for male bonding, part 2
    Thursday, 13 May 2010

    I don't pretend to be on top of the details, or even who all the players are in Fabio Capello's initial selection (am I supposed to have heard of Leighton Baines? Of Michael Dawson?). It's the stuff around the edges of this carnival of testosterone t...

  • Simon Calder: A little knowledge about plane crashes can be a dangerous thing
    Thursday, 13 May 2010

    In most respects high-speed communication benefits society, but not when it heightens fear and alarm, as these two instant responses are likely to do. Travellers' perceptions of risk are already quite distorted enough. Each response appears superfici...

  • Sean O'Grady: Pragmatism will hold Osborne and Cable together
    Thursday, 13 May 2010

    At that point the Con-Lib deal will face its first real test. The reality of immediate cuts in public spending will become apparent, and the left-radical wing of the Liberal Democrats will be asked to stretch their loyalty to Nick Clegg still further...

  • Letters: End of Labour
    Wednesday, 12 May 2010

    Surely Gordon Brown's epitaph must be the famous dismissal by the great historian Tacitus of the Emperor Galba's career and its savage end: Capax imperii, nisi imperasset. Tom Thomas Middlesbrough Well, we had a great man for a short whil...

  • Michael Brown: The fortunes of Clegg and Cameron are now inextricably bound together
    Wednesday, 12 May 2010

    For months, even when the opinion polls pointed to an overall Tory majority, I have suggested that we should never underestimate the ability of the Tories to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. And so it turned out when the results of last Thursd...

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