It takes a lot to break through the Westminster system, but Nigel Farage is on the brink

Ukip's secret weapon: Has Nigel Farage cracked the code to 2015?

A new poll suggests nearly a third of voters would back Ukip if they thought they had a chance of winning. In a political system where credibility is everything, the potential of Nigel Farage's party is truly revolutionary.

  • Nick Clegg: A staunch defence of his record - and what might end up being his legacy

    Analysis: Clegg's survival mission starts here

    Nick Clegg's survival mission starts here. His pitch is not about values or policies, but about the value of coalition: a concept as tarnished as it is associated with the deputy PM.

  • Vince Cable: An asset come election time

    Analysis: Vince Cable learns to be useful

    Vince Cable has spent much of the last four years being a thorn in his leader's side. But now, as today's autumn conference speech in Glasgow shows, things have changed. With the general election looming the chastened business secretary has become an asset once again.

  • A flamboyantly dressed Tory delegate bucks the trend in Birmingham

    Blind faith: The Tory brain is ignoring reality

    The great Conservative brain has decided to ignore the truth. It is focusing delegates' thoughts on something much more amorphous: a blind confidence in the party's ability to win.

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