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    The ‘othering’ of ‘Red Ed’, or how the Daily Mail ‘framed’ the British Labour leader

The ‘othering’ of ‘Red Ed’, or how the Daily Mail ‘framed’ the British Labour leader

The ‘Red Ed’ campaign was a classic example of the media process of framing. However, despite the ferocity and intensity of the ‘othering’ campaign by the country’s two most popular newspapers, what is perhaps most noticeable is its lack of success. In this article, Ivor Gaber explores why the campaign failed to capture the public’s imagination. 
In the summer of 2014, while Israel’s assault […]

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    Populist arguments have become more pervasive in the UK and other Western European countries

Populist arguments have become more pervasive in the UK and other Western European countries

To what extent have public debates in the UK become increasingly populist over the years? In this article, Matthijs Rooduijn employs content analysis in assessing the populist content of newspaper opinion articles in 5 European countries including the UK. He concludes that populism is more widespread than previously assumed; not only have populist parties become more electorally successful, but the populist message itself has become more pervasive […]

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    The debate about debates: there needs to be a clearer rationale for invitations

The debate about debates: there needs to be a clearer rationale for invitations

TV debate proposals should clearly spell out the rationale for their invitations, argues Nick Anstead. A much clearer criteria for inclusion would make it much harder for politicians (not just now but in future elections) to play politics with televised debates.

The past week seems to have seen the ground shifting in the discussion about televised debates. Just last week, there was […]

How to save the 2015 televised debates

Just as the UK’s Prime Minister takes a strong position on televised debates, Nick Anstead announces his new research concluding that the format of any 2015 UK debates should follow Canadian and German models in order to recognize the regional dynamics of British politics and that the general election selects both the executive and legislature.

David Cameron’s ultimatum about Green Party participation in televised debates yesterday […]

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    We need to look at other parliamentary democracies for ideas about how to run televised debates

We need to look at other parliamentary democracies for ideas about how to run televised debates

Among a number of political ramifications, the recent UKIP by-election success in Clacton has raised tough questions about the organization of televised debates during the 2015 general election campaign. Nick Anstead looks to Germany and Canada for more inclusive models that the UK could follow.

UKIP now has representation in Westminster, is consistently polling between 10 and 20 per cent nationally, and is the […]

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    The clock is ticking for IPSO, the UK’s new press regulator

The clock is ticking for IPSO, the UK’s new press regulator

The phone hacking scandal, which has seen Andy Coulson, David Cameron’s former spin doctor, and other journalists jailed, has yet to produce any significant reform in the way the press is regulated. Damian Tambini calls on the board of the new press regulator, IPSO, to reform it fast or resign. 

Journalists have been imprisoned in the UK in the past […]

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    The increasingly close ties between leading politicians and journalists in Britain have been to the detriment of the public interest

The increasingly close ties between leading politicians and journalists in Britain have been to the detriment of the public interest

The British press, from the Sun to the Telegraph and most points in between, were quick to castigate the Crown Prosecution Service for its attacks on the ‘free press’ after the acquittal of Rebekah Brooks and despite the conviction of Andy Coulson. There are no winners in this case, writes Mick Temple. Neither the press, police nor politicians emerge well […]

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    Excessive media power in the UK necessitates a more efficient and potent regulatory system

Excessive media power in the UK necessitates a more efficient and potent regulatory system

Creating spectacle in whatever form sells copy, but it also greatly increases visibility. Politicians need visibility and need the media in order to reach the electorate, to get through to them. This has created a very symbiotic but also a toxic relationship between political and media elites, writes Bart Cammaerts. With the disproportional degree of power the media holds comes responsibility, transparency […]

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