Monthly Archives: November 2010

Just 224 large donations from fewer than 60 sources accounted for two fifths of the donation income of the top three parties across a decade of British politics. This is far too narrow a base for the health of UK democracy.

Why has reform of party funding in the UK been so troublesome for the body politic and steps to clean up the process so inadequate and hesitant? Using an in-depth analysis of party finances Stuart Wilks-Heeg exposes the myth that many small donors keep the major parties afloat. Instead he shows that the top three parties rely on attracting […]

Falling back on the (nation) state – and hating it

The 2008 global financial crisis unexpectedly thrust the nation state back to the centre of political and economic decision-making, and left much-vaunted global policy institutions struggling ineffectually. Yet Patrick Dunleavy argues that the huge government interventions triggered by the collapse of the economic ‘boom’ years have now very quickly sparked perverse efforts to deny that these events happened. […]

Wikileaks: an example of ‘new’ and ‘old’ media collaboration. But does freedom of expression trump diplomatic confidentiality?

The full impact of the revelations from the diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks will undoubtedly take days and weeks to unfold, and will certainly raise questions about what is in the public interest. In the meantime, Charlie Beckett looks at how both new and old media have worked together to bring these cables to light.

The Wikileaks revelations of how international diplomacy really […]

Book Review: Whoops! Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay

John Lanchester promises insights into the financial crisis but forgets to tell us anything new, as reviewed by Angela Garcia-Calvo.

Whoops! Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay. By John Lanchester. Penguin. October 2010

Book Review: Hegel’s Philosophy and Feminist Thought: Beyond Antigone?

Amy Watson considers a new generation of feminist readings of Hegel that impress and inspire.

Hegel’s Philosophy and Feminist Thought: Beyond Antigone? Edited by Kimberley Hutchings and Tuija Pulkkinen. Published 10 Sept 2010.

Students take to the streets again, Cameron's keen on 'well-being', and Nick Clegg fails on fairness – blog round up for 20-26 November

Amy Mollett, Avery Hancock and Paul Rainford take a look at the week in political blogging

Weekend 20th and 21st

As Ed Miliband suffers his first resignation, Liberal Conspiracy set out the reasons why Labour should oppose the Irish bank bailout.

Political Scrapbook comment on the Liberal Democrats’ denial of broken promises over higher education, while The Staggers conclude that Vince […]

Party funding reforms are overdue in the UK, but they should not be rushed

At the 2010 election the Conservatives and Labour each spent five times more than the Liberal Democrats, and over 62 times the expenditure by the Greens. The scramble after donors by the top three parties is clearly now distorting British politics, and leading to constitutional tensions – revived last week by the prominence of major party donors […]

Despite common press perceptions, the number of strikes in the UK is far below the European average

With the deepest cuts to public services since the war looming, commentators are predicting a raft of strikes by public sector workers across the UK. Richard Hyman looks at how laws regulating strike action across Europe may affect how this plays out.

When looking through the papers on days following industrial action, it would appear that the press believes if […]