Election aftermath: how will the next government be decided?

If there is another hung parliament, weary party leaders will have little chance to rest as questions over alliances and coalitions multiply

It is breakfast time on 8 May. The people have spoken – and for the second successive election they have denied a Commons majority to any single party. As the polls suggested and most of the pundits predicted, we have another hung parliament.

Ministers remain ministers until a new government is formed and do so even if they are no longer MPs

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Floyd Mayweather Defeats Manny Pacquiao In Unanimous Decision

In the so-called “Fight of the Century,” the experts and oddsmakers were proven correct. Using his four-inch reach advantage to score quick points with jabs, and his defensive shoulder roll to avoid getting hurt on the inside, Floyd Mayweather outpointed Manny Pacquiao in a 12 round decision for the World Welterweight Championship tonight […]

The Observer view on why you should vote Labour | Observer editorial

Only Ed Miliband offers a vision for a fairer Britain. His party deserves to form the next government

The gap between the richest and the rest was never wider, spectacular mergers produced giant companies that paid minimal taxes, and a democratic stalemate exposed the shortcomings of a political system creaking at the seams. No, not a retrospective look at 2015, but an account of late 19th-century America, a context that gave rise to the emergence of the radical new politics ushered in by Republican President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt.

In a country increasingly divided and impoverished, he brokered a different kind of relationship between government and the people. The state intervened in a rampant market – driven by rapacious oligarchs – that advantaged big business at the expense of ordinary working men and women. Roosevelt pledged to curb the power of business, support organised labour and spoke out in support of the “common welfare”, and “a square deal” for all. Heaven knows what the early 21st-century press in Britain would have made of Red Ted.

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CEO Paul Grangaard On The Allen Edmonds Turnaround: A Great American Comeback Story

How does a consumer brand and retailer come back from the brink of bankruptcy? How does a company wage the turnaround of a premium quality (and priced) line of predominantly business shoes during the Great Recession? And how, in particular, might an investment banker-turned shoe company CEO craft such a turnaround? The answer is interesting – and unexpected. Below are excerpts from an interview with Paul Grangaard, the CEO and President of Allen Edmonds and, with his reconfigured executive team, the architect of a great American comeback story.