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Friday, 7 May 2010

  • Leading article: A result that confirms our electoral system is broken
    Saturday, 8 May 2010

    But the 2010 national vote has left untouched the central fact of British politics: the rottenness of our voting system. The ballots from 650 constituencies around the United Kingdom have almost all been counted. And one picture, at least, is clear: ...

  • Letters: Forming a coalition government
    Saturday, 8 May 2010

    His vision was aimed at "setting Liberalism free from the shackles of an individualist conception of liberty", suggesting the possibility of a new form of "Liberal Socialism" which united the more moderate wing of the Labour movement with a developin...

  • Michael Brown: Failure of Cameron's pet candidates will strengthen his opponents' hand
    Saturday, 8 May 2010

    It remains, of course, to be seen whether Mr Cameron's offer of discussions with the Liberal Democrats results in a coalition. And if they fail, will Nick Clegg still allow the Tories to form a minority government? It all depends on whether Mr Clegg ...

  • Amol Rajan: At times, the truth was stranger than any television satire
    Saturday, 8 May 2010

    Modern elections make that dictum, brilliantly lampooned in the satirical show The Thick of It, seem more apt by the day. The 24-hour news cycle and the array of spin merchants make distinguishing the two almost impossible, and at times during the ca...

  • Leading article: Europe's leaders are still not doing enough
    Friday, 7 May 2010

    The €110bn IMF-eurozone funding package to remove Greece from the international capital markets for three years is better than nothing – but it is still not enough. It is becoming increasingly clear that Greece will need some form of debt restructuri...

  • Andy McSmith: Result unlikely to keep his party critics at bay
    Friday, 7 May 2010

    He can also claim that he is the leader who finally pulled the Conservatives out of the mire. Though the early signs last night were that the Conservatives had not done as well as they had hoped, Mr Cameron's spin-doctors wasted no time pointing out ...

  • Simon Calder: No one stands to gain from an even more protracted dispute
    Saturday, 8 May 2010

    In the past five months, union members have twice overwhelmingly backed strikes. And, in a "consultative ballot" that ended at midnight on Thursday, a resounding majority of crew rejected the airline's latest proposals. The union says it polled onlin...

  • Amy Jenkins: Sleep deprivation and a world turned on its head
    Saturday, 8 May 2010

    I wasn't the only one feeling tired. This has been an election of the sleep-deprived. Brown struggled through the final TV debate with eyes as pink as a startled rabbit's – no doubt he'd been kept up all night by Bigotgate. Then Cameron pulled his fa...

  • Deborah Ross: 'There are some things you can only do indoors. Say, if the bailiffs call and you’re outside, where can you hide?'
    Saturday, 8 May 2010

    There are some things that you can only do indoors. For example, if the bailiffs call, where else can you hide behind the sofa while pretending to be out? You can't do this outside. OK, if you're approaching your house and you see the bailiffs on the...

  • Letters: Perspectives on rail travel
    Friday, 7 May 2010

    No need for HGV here I agree whole-heartedly with the letter from Ally Horne (28 April), referring to the high cost of high-speed rail, and I can add some detail. As manager of one of Britain's leading European rail-ticketing agencies, I have to ...

  • Leading article: A boycott will benefit nobody
    Friday, 7 May 2010

    The response to the boycott call would appear to be patchy but – even on the most conservative of estimates – it looks as though about 4,000 primary schools will be boycotting the tests. Some estimates put the figure as high as 8,000. Even 4,000 out ...

  • Sean O'Grady: Soon there will be nowhere left for the losses to go
    Friday, 7 May 2010

    Now, once again, many of the banks are refusing to be open about the scale of their losses on the devalued securities they hold. So the suspicions are growing again and they are starting to be wary about lending to each other, freezing the money mark...

  • Michael McCarthy: Return of the native: the great secret of 20th-century botany
    Friday, 7 May 2010

    But the Silverdale plant itself is a bit of a mystery. It is not certain that it is entirely wild, and it may have been planted out. There are indications that it came from Central European stock. Dr Michael Fay, head of genetics at the Royal Botanic...

  • Sean O'Grady: The next challenge is to find the policies to complete the package
    Friday, 7 May 2010

    Still, it is an undeniable disappointment. Unlike the other two parties – who must nurse their own private much larger disappointments – the Liberal Democrats cannot possibly blame the leadership. Nick Clegg, thanks to an obligation on the part of th...

  • Nigel Morris: A personal rebuff for Brown, an existential threat to his party
    Friday, 7 May 2010

    It is also a personal rebuff for Gordon Brown, who becomes only the second sitting Prime Minister since 1979 to lose a general election. Whatever the exact make-up of the House of Commons, 6 May 2010 will go down in political history as marking the d...

  • Mary Dejevsky: A little voter fraud goes a long way
    Friday, 7 May 2010

    But I wonder how long one rather admirable feature of British elections will, or indeed should, endure: the absence of any check on identity. The reason I ask is the proliferation of fraud allegations before the vote. This is not the first time, of c...

  • Leading article: Flower power
    Friday, 7 May 2010

    Police tape surrounds the site. Foot patrols make hourly visits. And, this being Britain, CCTV is being discussed. One cannot help wondering whether the police would have been quite so solicitous had the orchid set up home at the top of a steep hill,...

  • Daniel Howden: Choice of deputy will reveal Jonathan's gameplan
    Friday, 7 May 2010

    All eyes are instead on two appointments – one inevitable and one possible – that could go a long way to deciding what happens next in Nigeria. The newly sworn-in Goodluck Jonathan must name a vice president. The strength of that appointment will rev...

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