British and Irish Politics and Policy

Labour’s great impasse: who should lead the Party?

With the prospect of a general election in the very near future, is Corbyn Labour’s best shot? If not, can he be forced to go? And if he does go, who could replace him – considering his popularity among grassroot members? In the almost complete absence of leadership and direction from the government, the Leave campaign, and the opposition following […]

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    What does Brexit mean for those campaigning for Scottish independence?

What does Brexit mean for those campaigning for Scottish independence?

The question of Scottish independence has taken centre stage in the public debate since the Brexit vote. England and Wales have voted to leave the EU, but Scotland and Northern Ireland have voted to remain. Together with this differing outcome, the absence of a post-referendum plan – and of any sign of leadership – on the part of the […]

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    Exit plan: how Scotland and Northern Ireland can remain in the EU

Exit plan: how Scotland and Northern Ireland can remain in the EU

Public discussions about how the UK is to exit from the European Union have been too simplified, and have failed to come up with any solution that recognizes that only England and Wales in fact voted to leave. Brendan O’Leary outlines a way forward where those nations wanting to remain in the EU might be able to do so.

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    UKIP energy: promoting distrust and climate scepticism on social media

UKIP energy: promoting distrust and climate scepticism on social media

While researching UKIP attitudes to renewable energy projects in rural Britain, Matt Reed uncovered how social media is being used to promote climate change scepticism. Here, he demonstrates how UKIP is part of a wider wave of ‘anti-reflexive movements’, promoting distrust and doubt to further certain political ends.

Most political actors now use social media to promote and explain their […]

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    Forget independence for London – but the capital now needs its own devolved government more than ever

Forget independence for London – but the capital now needs its own devolved government more than ever

London has vote to remain in the EU while the rest of the UK – and especially England – voted to leave. This has led to calls for London to declare independence. Independence is not going to happen. But as Tim Oliver argues, a fully devolved government for London is possible. It’s time the UK recognised that London is […]

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    Epitaph for a political chancer: Cameron’s fate exemplifies the inability of UK elites to resolve long-run crises

Epitaph for a political chancer: Cameron’s fate exemplifies the inability of UK elites to resolve long-run crises

David Cameron’s announcement that he is stepping down as Prime Minister capped a night of unprecedented referendum triumph for the ‘Brexiteers’ on the Conservative right and in UKIP in overthrowing Britain’s 43 year old membership of the European Union. Patrick Dunleavy considers the lessons that Cameron learned too late to save his premiership.

Thirteen months ago I forecast that […]

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    On the politics of lying: does the Hillsborough cover-up reveal a wider institutional malaise in the UK?

On the politics of lying: does the Hillsborough cover-up reveal a wider institutional malaise in the UK?

Over 27 years after the Hillsborough disaster, a jury found that the football fans were unlawfully killed. During the inquests, the police officer in charge gave evidence about the events which led to the fatal crush, testifying that it was not the Liverpool fans who forced open the exit gate to enter the ground, but the police. Nick Turnbull […]

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    Jeremy Corbyn on why and how Labour must rebuild the politics of hope

Jeremy Corbyn on why and how Labour must rebuild the politics of hope

Talking at an LSE event, Jeremy Corbyn set out his views on how the Labour Party can rebuild the politics of hope. By explaining how faith in politics was lost, he explained how that faith can be restored, how it also requires economic justice and credibility, and how Labour can promote the core idea behind socialism: that everyone should […]

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