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    The debate about the future of the Labour Party: the best and worst of times

The debate about the future of the Labour Party: the best and worst of times

This is the most exciting and depressing phase of debate within a modern British political party that I can recall. The argument about the leadership of the Labour Party mostly encapsulates what’s wrong with that organisation but also wider left-wing politics. It also tells us something about the good, bad and plain ugly about political discourse more generally at the […]

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    This new noise: the extraordinary birth and troubled life of the BBC (book review)

This new noise: the extraordinary birth and troubled life of the BBC (book review)

This is the story of a start up that uses a new technology to create one of the age’s biggest media organisations  that within a couple of decades goes on to be a world-beating brand worth £5 billion a year. How should that organisation take its founding values into the digital era and an age of global competition and technological shocks?

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June 5th, 2015|Media|0 Comments|

The most stage-managed election campaign ever

This article was first published by the Political Studies Association as part of an excellent collection of post-election analysis that covered media and political communications aspects of the campaign. I heartily recommend it as a collection of serious but readable instant analysis by academics without too much partisan hand-wringing etc.

This election campaign was almost irrelevant to the fundamentals of […]

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    Did the right wing press defeat Miliband? No. [12 reasons and counting]

Did the right wing press defeat Miliband? No. [12 reasons and counting]

Generally, I’ve been surprised how few people have blamed the right-wing press for Labour’s defeat. Almost no MPs and few commentators. Roy Greenslade concocted an elaborate theory that said that somehow paper support for Ukip did for Labour and my colleague Bart Cammaerts put the case that the right-wing press does frame the agenda overall. Though even Bart points out […]

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    Did Britain’s right-wing newspapers win the election for the Tories? Guest Blog

Did Britain’s right-wing newspapers win the election for the Tories? Guest Blog

This article by LSE Media and Communications’ Dr Bart Cammaerts who researches and teaches political communication.
The day after the unexpected defeat of the Labour leader Neil Kinnock in the 1992 election, the Murdoch-owned tabloid The Sun’s infamous headline read: ‘It’s The Sun wot won it’. During the 1992 campaign it seemed as if the Tories would lose and Labour […]

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May 12th, 2015|Politics|5 Comments|