Author: Anthony

The electorate has changed and parties are struggling to catch up

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

Pirate Party manifesto as wallpaper

Why manifestos matter

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

Fixed Term Parliaments: not quite sorted

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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