British politicians from across the spectrum have "all gone crazy" over Europe and created a poisonous debate which has destabilised successive governments, Nick Clegg claims today. In a passionate intervention in the debate on the new Lisbon treaty, which is undergoing lengthy parliamentary scrutiny, the pro-European Liberal Democrat leader says it is time to stage a referendum on whether Britain should stay in the EU. Writing in today's Guardian, Clegg says: "We've all gone crazy.
David Cameron has confirmed that he did ride the horse lent by police to the former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks, prompting Labour to urge him to "come clean" about the extent of his relationship with the ex-News International chief executive. Hopes that the prime minister could draw a line under his friendship with Brooks faded after his admission embroiled him in a saga perhaps inevitably becoming known as Horsegate.
David Cameron hopes his closest friend and political ally will repeat the success of his role in the 2005 leadership campaign when Osborne helped bring it back from the (almost) dead. Osborne, 38, is highly rated because he has what are described as extraordinary political antennae. "George is miles ahead of everyone else in the way he sees round corners," one Tory says. But this strength also leads to his greatest weakness: Osborne is sometimes simply too political.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".