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  • 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: 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: 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...

  • 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: 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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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