Verbal dexterity, inconsistency and ‘spin’ are part and parcel of normal politics but the exaggerations and distortions of the EU referendum campaign has led to concerns about ‘post-truth’ politics. Nicholas Allen and Sarah Birch write there is a need for someone to provide a moral lead, and argue the Committee for Standards in Public Life could play a valuable […]
In spite of evidence of long-running and large latent support, we have been in a state of denial about the far-right in Britain, which has fed into the growth of UKIP, writes Helen Margetts. Here, she outlines the state of the far-right and argues that we need to move towards acceptance, be alert to signals in long-running trends, and […]
A healthy democracy requires a watchdog in its press — not an ‘attackdog’, ‘snarling’ and ‘barking’ at an elected politician. Yet this is how Jeremy Corbyn is being treated by the media, explains Brooks DeCillia. He outlines the findings of LSE research that show how the Leader of the Opposition is being delegitimased by the British press through distortion, […]
As Labour gears up for another leadership contest, Anne Power makes an appeal to Jeremy Corbyn to stand down. She writes that although she respects him as a good local MP, his divisiveness in the PLP and weak performance during the Brexit campaign indicate he is unsuited to leading the party. She writes that the UK must have a […]
Tim Farron’s challenge: why Brexit creates risks for the Liberal Democrats, as well as opportunities
Following the Brexit vote, and with Labour having entered into a leadership impasse, the Liberal Democrats have gained over 15,000 new members, making the current situation an opportunity to raise the party’s profile. But their underlying position remains weak, writes Peter Sloman, and outlines some of the challenges and opportunities for the party.
As the political establishment reels from the […]
As Theresa May selects the members of her new government, there is more and more speculation about who the new ministers will be. Here, Resul Umit writes that although previous experience and policy preferences matter, electoral majorities also do: MPs holding safe seats are more likely to be selected for ministerial office.
Existing research on government selection provides evidence for […]
Labour is facing an existential crisis. Its leader, supported by a resurgent membership, is locked into conflict with the majority of his MPs. Neither side will back down in a battle for the party’s heart and soul. Parallels with the 1980s, when Labour was consumed in civil war while Margaret Thatcher waged war against the communities of Labour’s heartlands, […]
There are more or less two routes to becoming Prime Minister. You can either win a General Election or win a party leadership election to become head of the largest party when a Prime Minister leaves. Having just achieved the second route, Theresa May has become our ‘takeover’ leader. Here, Ben Worthy discusses the history of this route to […]