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  • Leading article: Clegg must hold out for PR
    Sunday, 9 May 2010

    No one could quite believe the exit poll published the moment voting ended on Thursday, yet, through a morning of peculiar, unpredictable results, it proved bang on the money. Nick Clegg had indeed been squeezed hard, and normal service resumed in an...

  • 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: ...

  • DJ Taylor: It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing
    Sunday, 9 May 2010

    So far as one can remember the events of 18 years ago, Powell was bang on. The corporation, whose exit polls had predicted a hung parliament, was deeply irked. The displeasure on some of its correspondents' faces as they began to interrogate newly re...

  • Tim Luckhurst: The English question is still unanswered
    Sunday, 9 May 2010

    As Gordon Brown sought advice from the Cabinet Secretary yesterday, he should have recognised how foolish such complacency now is. Voters will soon tire of politicians preaching that post-election horse-trading between parties is common in Europe. Su...

  • Peter Stanford: How to change your life in five minutes a day. Go outside
    Sunday, 9 May 2010

    Of course, we know, even as we gaze at it, that the wisteria is just a distraction. Neither the most magnificent specimen in full bloom (the one at Fuller's Brewery in Chiswick, west London, is said to be the oldest in the country), nor this climber'...

  • 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...

  • IoS letters, emails & online postings (9 May 2010)
    Sunday, 9 May 2010

    Gary Claeys Aigburth, Liverpool A smart Nick Clegg should be pressing David Cameron to agree to really fundamental electoral reform: an end to the massive funding by the likes of Lords Ashcroft and Levy. Stop the big money first and then agree a bett...

  • Cole Moreton: The sun has set, has it not?
    Sunday, 9 May 2010

    That was May 1997, but this is the morning after the 2010 election and there is nothing spectacular about the dawn. The sun is hiding away behind a grey haze, as if locked in secret negotiations. The South Bank is deserted. There was a big stage here...

  • Brian Cathcart: Did the press kill Cleggmania? I'm not so sure
    Sunday, 9 May 2010

    A more obvious sign is that The Sun had 23 pages of pure politics yesterday, the Mail 16 and the Mirror 15; so thrilling is the election aftermath that a new twist in the Harry-Chelsy saga was relegated to the back of the book. But is it a crisis? Ma...

  • Katy Guest: Fashion's passion-killer: flesh-coloured tights
    Sunday, 9 May 2010

    The current Eighties renaissance is a godsend for those of us who are older, slightly scruffy and frankly knocking on a bit. We may not have had a haircut in a year and may be a little bit too fat for our jeans; but those bright young things who coul...

  • Rhiannon Harries: Health and fitness, fine. But what's with this modern-day obsession with perfect bodies?
    Sunday, 9 May 2010

    Perhaps it's just because I too am fond of idling – sorry, contemplating nature – on park benches with a cigarette in hand (it's the only place you can sit and smoke nowadays), but Hockney's assessment doesn't sound in the least bit odd to me. Being ...

  • 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...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary (09/05/10)
    Sunday, 9 May 2010

    An unsettling discovery has been made by independent US film-maker John Williams. According to his new film, about the mysterious Bridgend suicides, many more deaths have taken place in the Welsh town than the reported 28 hangings. Indeed, he clai...

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