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    Shouting across each other: post-debate coverage of the Clegg and Farage broadcasts

Shouting across each other: post-debate coverage of the Clegg and Farage broadcasts

In the wake of the two Clegg vs. Farage debates, most have agreed that Farage came out on top. Nick Anstead finds that there were in fact different discussions going on as the two party leaders talked across each other. He writes that Clegg seems to have lost the debates because he was perceived to be the representative of the […]

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    ‘Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word’: The Politics of the Apology

‘Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word’: The Politics of the Apology

It is a recurrent theme that bubbles away under the day-to-day cut and thrust of politics: when should political actors apologise; how frequently should they apologise without corroding all political capital; and what degree of contrition should be expressed. It is hard to imagine how a space to do politics with a greater honesty and openness can be achieved. […]

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    Maria Miller’s resignation is yet another example of the need to drag Parliament into the twenty-first century

Maria Miller’s resignation is yet another example of the need to drag Parliament into the twenty-first century

The news that Maria Miller had decided to resign as Culture Secretary was not really much of a surprise. Matthew Flinders writes that the only real surprise was that she had toughed-out the media feeding frenzy and gradual but very clear loss of political support for so long. And yet beyond the sensational headlines the real – and arguably […]

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    The Maria Miller imbroglio shows that the MPs expenses system is beset by complexity and political meddling

The Maria Miller imbroglio shows that the MPs expenses system is beset by complexity and political meddling

The Culture Secretary Maria Miller has resigned following a controversy over her expenses. She is the latest in a series of politicians to brought to heel over expenses since 2009, when the original scandal was triggered by the Daily Telegraph’s investigations into exactly what MPs were claiming for. Ben Worthy argues that the Miller imbroglio illustrates that the system […]

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    The Lib Dem’s failings on the English Question are a damning indictment for a party which claims to believe in a federal future for the UK

The Lib Dem’s failings on the English Question are a damning indictment for a party which claims to believe in a federal future for the UK

In a climate where there is high English public dissatisfaction with the constitutional and social status quo, one would be inclined to expect that the only major ostensibly federal political party would be in their element brandishing a comprehensive alternative. But Adam Evans argues that, on the contrary, the Liberal Democrats lack a clear vision when it comes to […]

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    Labour’s current problems stem from a general uncertainty around the party’s identity

Labour’s current problems stem from a general uncertainty around the party’s identity

The Labour Party once had a clear ideological identity but it is now far harder to locate its vision of society within political debate. Over time both the language of ideology and its persuasive importance have diminished as the party has become reliant on alternative means of gaining appeal. Katharine Dommett argues that the rhetorical move away from ideology […]

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    Nick Clegg and British liberalism: revival, betrayal, or repositioning?

Nick Clegg and British liberalism: revival, betrayal, or repositioning?

The Liberal Democrats’ rightward shift in the decade since The Orange Book has helped make the Cameron-Clegg coalition possible. Peter Sloman asks whether we should see it as a revival of classical liberalism, a reflection of neoliberal influences, or simply a recalibration of the party’s existing thought.

One of the most fruitful debates in British political studies over the past […]

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    The importance of local parties and incumbency to the electoral prospects of the Liberal Democrats

The importance of local parties and incumbency to the electoral prospects of the Liberal Democrats

Support for the Liberal Democrats plummeted since they formed a coalition government with the Conservative Party in 2010. However, Craig Johnson points out that the LibDems are polling relatively well in marginal seats and are earning and spending more post-2010 than post-2005 in their strongest areas. This suggests they may still be able to retain electorally relevant share of their seats […]

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