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Rundle: did Sinn Fein just drop a bomshell?

The challengers have debated, with the winner perhaps being Ed Miliband. who was not even there.

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Rundle: what the UK election will come down to

Labour’s campaign is going better than anyone expected, but the Tories will probably still win.

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Rundle: UK election neck-and-neck, but UK itself on shaky ground

Both Labour and the Tories are ignoring a pretty big elephant in the room — that the United Kingdom itself could be breaking up.

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Rundle: can the current sleazy crew of chancers hold on in the UK?

David Cameron should have this election sewn up. But the Tories have the problem of convincing voters to like them, and thus far it has not been a roaring success.

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Rundle: UK election going the full Monty

Ed “Two Kitchens” Miliband has an inexplicable lead over David Cameron. But neither of them can deliver workable government.

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Meet the ex-Trot who is begging Scotland to stay

Alistair Darling, an Edinburgh Labour MP and former chancellor of the Exchequer, is chair of Better Together, the umbrella organisation leading the “No” campaign against Scotland’s independence in Thursday’s referendum. Freelance journalist Alex Mitchell reports.

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Media briefs: Australian‘s sour grapes … Daily Mail grovels …

The Australian has tried to pour cold water over Fairfax’s Leighton Holdings revelations. That and other media tidbits.

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Media briefs: Mail drop … Hun typos … Bad finale …

Dad bashing … Breaking Bad .. and a shutdown.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Maybe it’s time for the Libs to follow Labor’s example and undergo a leadership spill? Plus other political views noted along the way.

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Labo(u)r’s little union problem, abroad and at home

As the British Labour Party struggles with a preselection battle in a Scottish seat, the Left in Britain and Australia tries to reinvent itself … with or without unions.

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Does the Labor narrative narrative stand up?

We all complain Labor lacks a narrative. But what if positive narratives are now impossible to effectively communicate? Look overseas and it may well be the case.

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Plaisir without the jouissance in scoreless-draw England

England has just been bundled out of football’s Euro 2012 competition and, as Guy Rundle observed from a bar in London, it’s symptomatic of England’s wider political and economic malaise.

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Leveson, challenge to power or enormous release valve?

The Prime Minister is being questioned under oath about his relationship to the largest media company in the land, about what was promised in the lead-up to the 2010 election, and no one gives a rat’s.

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Rundle: Big Brother’s Respect a sad tune for Labour Muppets

Gorgeous George Galloway, standing under the Respect party banner, won the Bradford West byelection by a stonking majority.

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SMH mag AWOL … News rejects piracy claim …

It’s The Sun’s way to the shop if you want a sausage roll … Rundle: Sheehan wrong on Toulouse killer … Front page of the Day … No show for SMH’s magazine for “technical issues” … Murdoch’s News Ltd. rejects TV piracy claim in Australia …

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‘Dinner for donors’ means shit sandwich on Cameron’s menu

Well, it is never dull in London, unless you are eating English food.

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Rundle: UK Coalition’s world view is through a fun-house mirror

David Cameron’s coalition government has brought in a risky political budget.

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Scottish independence: Salmond still swimming upstream

There are two important questions arising out of the possibility of a Scottish republic, writes Keshia Jacotine, who researches and writes about European and Scottish politics.

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Welcome to the bizarro parallel universe that is UK politics

The government of the United Kingdom has pulled off one of the great political con jobs, writes David Ritter from London.

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Red Ed’s new capitalism — it’s not easy being green

Grinning, young, confident, Labour leader Ed Miliband strode across the vast forecourt of the Liverpool Conference Centre, towards a date with destiny — his first leader’s speech to the party conference.

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London needs to prove to the world that it can still party

It’s been more than a week since the riots, and in many respects London has begun to move on, writes Nick Sheridan, an Australian journalist living in London.

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Miliband, Gillard and the moral posturing ties that bind

In essense, this Ed Miliband/Julia Gillard brand of moral posturing is a substitute for real political vision, writes Brendan O’Neill, editor of Spiked Online.

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The cost of ABC 24 … why NYT didn’t win Pulitzer … phone hack latest …

Front page of the day … Why didn’t WikiLeaks reporting earn a Pulitzer? The NY Times didn’t submit it … Phone hacking: Ed Miliband calls for inquiry into press abuses …

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Awkward Ed Miliband Moments | EUROPE|

Ed Miliband the Awkward

UK Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband seems to always have an air of awkward around him, thanks to his big cartoon-like eyes and penchant for grimacing. Check out this blog chronicling his gawkiness.

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Wolff: politicians are babies, stepping over generations

Politicians are infantile. They want what they want when they want it. They lack all seriousness and meaning. It’s become a profession for the callow, jejune, and wet behind the ears, says Michael Wolff.

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