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Liberal-Conservative coalition
Wednesday 18 September 2013
Nick Clegg speech: powered up
Editorial: A newly authoritative and assured Lib Dem leader laid out an unapologetic account of the past and a bold plan for the future
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Editorial
05.43 EST
Nick Clegg's Lib Dem conference speech: panel verdict
Nick Clegg delivers his keynote speech to delegates at the end of the Liberal Democrat conference at the SECC, Glasgow. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty
Tim Farron, Prateek Buch, Olly Grender, Katherine Bavage, Stephen Lee, Ryan Shorthouse, Mark Pack and Linda Jack: Did Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg strike the right note in Glasgow this afternoon? Our panellists respond
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Tim Farron, Prateek Buch, Olly Grender, Katherine Bavage, Stephen Lee, Ryan Shorthouse, Mark Pack and Linda Jack
02.17 EST
Tuesday 17 September 2013
Lib Dem conference: bin the bedroom tax! - video
John Harris follows the debate at the conference, talks to affected Glaswegians and challenges minister Steve Webb on what some Lib Dem activists call an 'evil' policy
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John Harris, John Domokos
00.06 EST
Monday 16 September 2013
It's better to 'gold-plate' equality law than protect institutional prejudice
'According to the equalities minister, Maria Miller, something must be done to put an end to the 'gold-plating' of equality activity by some public authorities.' Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
Tessa Wright and Hazel Conley: The government's criticism of the public sector equality duty risks undermining an important piece of legislation
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Tessa Wright and Hazel Conley
21.34 EST
Sunday 15 September 2013
The question that the Lib Dems are desperate not to answer
Govern with Labour or the Tories? Nick Clegg's Lib Dems are split in may ways over this. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA
Andrew Rawnsley: The party is split in so many ways over whether it would prefer to govern with Labour or the Tories
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Andrew Rawnsley
15.31 EST
Britain is becoming a nation of estate agents
According to Shelter, 245,000 new builds a year are required. Photograph: Geoffrey Robinson/Rex Features
Labour's task is to develop a compelling narrative that links a well housed population with a fair and thriving society
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Observer editorial
09.07 EST
Saturday 14 September 2013
Nick Clegg's poor choices made him irrelevant, and we are all paying
Nick Clegg, David Cameron and Gordon Brown in May 2010. Photograph: Dan Chung for the Guardian
Andrew Adonis: Clegg's misjudgments have cost us dear: he would have wielded more power had the Tories formed a minority government
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Andrew Adonis
06.00 EST
Why labour law reform will be at the heart of the next general election
It emerged this summer that Sports Direct has 20,000 part-time workers on zero-hours contracts. Photograph: Bloomberg/Getty Images
Alan Bogg: the coalition has overseen a vicious circle of declining wages, the growth of zero-hours contracts, and social and economic inequality
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Alan Bogg
23.30 EST
Monday 9 September 2013
Why Sarah Teather has let the Liberal Democrats down
'The Liberal Democrats love a rebel but Sarah Teather’s rebellion seems to have only come once she left office.' Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
Richard Morris: Teather's resignation has triggered a Lib Dem meltdown. But it's not that she's a woman, it's the timing that rankles
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Richard Morris
03.00 EST
Sunday 1 September 2013
The spectre of Iraq looms over Cameron
Chris Riddell 01/09/2013 Photograph: Observer
Chris Riddell on the prime minister's defeat in the Commons over Syria
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Monday 26 August 2013
The economic recovery may be patchy, but the left is wrong to ignore it
The debate could soon be about whether to cancel some of the austerity or stick with it to shrink the state. Photograph: Lenscap/Alamy
Paul Mason: It's not the same across the country, but there are signs of growth. The challenge for Labour is how to make the most of the new reality
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Paul Mason
05.00 EST
Sunday 25 August 2013
In an age of coalition, our leaders will have to change their tune
David Cameron and Nick Clegg at a primary school last year: 'The Lib Dem leader cannot condemn Mr Cameron as a useless prime minister when he has been his deputy for half a decade.' Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters
Andrew Rawnsley: The strong possibility of another hung parliament challenges the parties to think again about how they do politics
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Andrew Rawnsley
09.07 EST
Saturday 24 August 2013
The Lib Dems used to keep us honest. Not any more
Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, leader of a party that has lost its radical roots. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
Nick Cohen: The party was once the home of reasoned dissent. Power sharing has now emasculated it
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Nick Cohen
07.00 EST
Thursday 22 August 2013
A Lab-Lib deal in 2015 may be Ed Miliband's only chance of government
Ed Miliband and Ed Balls … ‘Would Labour be willing to operate a quad with Nick Clegg and Danny ­Alexander in the way to which they have become accustomed with David Cameron and George Osborne?’ Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images
Martin Kettle: If Labour is serious about being open to coalition in 2015, the party must ditch its autocratic way of doing things now
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Martin Kettle
16.00 EST
Tuesday 20 August 2013
Hung parliaments: better luck next time
Editorial: The Conservative party, like it or not, is sensibly holding a quiet debate about how to make a coalition more effective in future
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07.28 EST
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