Alberto Nardelli, election data guru extraordinaire, has a piece in the Guardian which is worth reading on the way that the electorate has changed and will keep on changing. The face of Britain’s electorate has changed and there is a fundamental mismatch between voters and the options on the ballot paper. Labour and the Tories Read More
Who would be the Conservative candidate for Liverpool (Riverside) or the Labour candidate for Wealden? BBC News has a good article talking to people who stand in completely unwinnable constituencies.
Interesting article on Cicero Elections about the unreliable history of “confidence and supply” arrangements, though I don’t see them taking the Fixed Term Parliaments Act into account.
Perhaps a bit worrying, given my job, that I only got 9 out of 15. It’s a nice little quiz, though. Only complaint is that the wrong answers slowly fade out, preventing you (well, me, YMMV) from scrolling on to the next one for a moment. Can you tell which policy belongs to which party?
Nick Robinson explains that manifestos still matter: Roll up, roll up – it’s time to read those manifestos. These manifestos will be written for one-party government, but although people feel that politicians break their promises even more in coalition, the manifesto arguably becomes more important when coalitions or alliances are needed, as it sets out the philosophy Read More
Marina Hyde has a good article in the Guardian talking about the way in which party leaders’ appearances for the election have been sanitised to North Korean levels – even Man of the People Farage is hustled out of the back of a factory to avoid protestors. She argues, and I can see why, that Read More
Catherine at the Institute for Government has a blog that can be summarised roughly as “Fixed Term Parliaments Act: Nobody knows anything”. Well, actually Catherine knows quite a lot, including how the Act doesn’t specify who would run the country if a Government lost a vote of confidence, but the Commons didn’t vote to call Read More
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