Chris Gilson

The Oldham by-election compounds the misery for Nick Clegg, as the Liberal Democrats’ national poll ratings put the party on the critical list

With repeated national polls estimating their support below 10 per cent, the Liberal Democrats put everything they had into winning the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election, a seat where they had virtually tied with Labour in May 2010. Instead Labour has romped home convincingly. Chris Gilson and Patrick Dunleavy argue that the strains on the coalition have now increased, while […]

Reviewing 2010 in political blogging: the spotlight moves from the Tories to the Liberal Democrats

Chris Gilson and Jane Tinkler bid goodbye to 2010 with a short round up of some of the main trends in the political blogging scene this year.

In April British Politics and Policy at LSE began a weekly round up of political blogs, tracking the main topics discussed on the UK’s political blogging scene. We’ve now gone back and looked […]

December 31st, 2010|Chris Gilson|1 Comment|

The Liberal Democrats have fallen in the polls and are facing the brunt of the public’s ire over the Coalition’s policies. Can we look to New Zealand as an example of what might be in store for the coalition?

Recent weeks have seen large scale student protests over the Liberal Democrats’ ‘betrayal’ over tuition fees, and Nick Clegg’s party is now seen by some as the scapegoat of the coalition. While coalition style-politics are relatively new in Britain, according to Chris Gilson, New Zealand can offer some important lessons in how coalition governments might continue – or end […]

Gillard hangs on, but her uneasy coalition may have stormy waters ahead – Australian Federal election update

In August, Patrick Dunleavy blogged that every key ‘Westminster model’ country now had a hung Parliament, following Australia’s election. With a referendum on introducing the Alternative Vote for House of Commons elections due in May 2011, and the coalition government due to announce plans for replacing the House of Lords with a PR-elected chamber in January, there is a real prospect […]

A state-owned Post Bank could restore trust in UK retail banking, reinvigorate Royal Mail and tackle financial exclusion

The Royal Mail faces an uncertain future with a pension shortfall of over £10 billion and declining letter volumes due to the rise of email and social networking. Chris Gilson argues that rather than fully privatising Royal Mail, the government should resurrect Labour’s  plans create a new ‘People’s Post Bank’ , which would provide Royal Mail with new revenues […]

The return of ‘sound money’, Clegg is played like the fiddle, and everyone weighs in on the CSR- round up of political blogs for 16-22 October

Chris Gilson, Paul Rainford and Amy Mollett take a look at the week in political blogging.


Left Foot Forward argues that Liverpool FC’s recent travails suggest that reform of the Premiership’s free market model must be a priority, and looks at whether the middle class welfare state should be defended.

The Institute for Public Policy Research offers its own deficit […]

October 23rd, 2010|Chris Gilson|1 Comment|

Green does government spending, Browne does tuition fees and an axe for quangos? Round up of political blogs for 8-15 October

Chris Gilson, Paul Rainford and Amy Mollett take a look at the week in political blogging.


UK Polling Report tracks voting intentions over the course of the conference season, showing the continued lead by the Conservatives of 4 points.

David Herdson at Political Betting comments on Ed Miliband’s dismantling of Brown’s political machine. In his interview with the Observer, shadow home […]

October 15th, 2010|Chris Gilson|0 Comments|

The real story is that half the ‘quangos’ survived, and none were devolved

All new governments like culling ‘quangos’ that have outlived their usefulness. Chris Gilson find that Francis Maude’s reforms fit this recurring pattern pretty well, with three tenths of bodies likely to survive intact or in somewhat reconstituted form

Analysing the government’s list of changes to quasi-government agencies (the so-called ‘quangos’, which are in fact quasi-governmental agencies, and not at […]