Monthly Archives: July 2010

The ‘Brokeback coalition’ and a political reform double bill – round up of political blogs for 23- 30 July

Chris Gilson takes a look at the week in political blogging.


David Herdson at looks at the recent tendency for the Lib Dems to announce policy, only to be corrected by the Conservatives, while Paul Goodman at ConservativeHome asks if the Tories and Lib Dems could merge to fight the next election. Paul Linford sees fractures in the […]

How far is too far in public-private cooperation?

In the competition between cities for visibility and new facilities, the ‘age of austerity’ brings new pressures to involve private capital in sponsoring new interventions and activities, especially those that promote strong urban leaders. Yet Bart Cammaerts sees dangers in the incremental erosion of the public sphere via corporate badging of public services linked to political personalities.

It is no […]

Iraqi Refugees: is the UK doing the right thing?


British regular forces have long left Iraq, but the problems created for Iraqi refugees by the post-invasion conflicts continue to pose challenges for UK policy-makers. Avery Hancock looks behind the headlines at the continuing plight of many thousands of refugees from the conflict, and at the UK’s stance on accepting its share of  the consequential burdens for EU member […]

LSE Centre for Economic Performance: Reducing Crime: More Police, More Prisons or More Pay?

Crime is usually high on the list of voter concerns. This might seem surprising since total crime has fallen significantly since the mid 1990s. Yet two thirds of the population still (wrongly) think that crime is rising nationally.Politicians must take account of the public’s false perception of increasing levels of crime, which seems to be […]

Patrick Dunleavy to give evidence to House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform today

Patrick Dunleavy, Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics was a witness for the Political and Constitutional Reform’s evidence session this morning, Tuesday 27 July, from 11am. Click here to watch the recording of the session.

The session focussed on the Coalition Government’s planned referendum on the Alternative Vote system for electing MPs to the House of […]

Mr Cameron goes to Washington while Clegg gets personal – round up of political blogs 17- 23 July

Chris Gilson takes a look at the week in political blogging.

Weekend – 17/18 July

John Redwood says that governments across the world are damaging the recovery with their policies of greater bank regulation, as Peter Wrigley at Keynesian Liberal is critical of the government’s cuts programme, citing threats to economic growth.

Mark Packs asks if political parties should think […]

Kosovo’s status is still in doubt – time for Britain to rethink the need for new talks?

When the coalition government’s Minister for Europe visited Pristina recently, almost unnoticed, he reiterated a UK line that Kosovo’s status as independent from Serbia could not be revisited. Yet unless the International Court of Justice comes out unequivocally for Kosovo, James Ker-Lindsay argues that the British stance will prove unsustainable. Opinion in Brussels is […]

Why all MPs should support reforming the electoral system. It is a key step in restoring their own legitimacy with the public

Most arguments about electoral reform are thinly veiled cloaks for partisan self-interest. By contrast Patrick Dunleavy argues that, whatever your party, there is now an overwhelming public interest case for adopting the Alternative Vote – to restore to all MPs genuine majority support in their locality. This is the crucial first step in restoring the tattered legitimacy of Parliament. […]