In the 2017 election the UK’s first-past-the-post electoral system operated quite proportionately, as the Conservatives and Labour level-pegged at high levels of support, and squeezed out support for other parties. In 2019, however, FPTP reverted most of the way back to its historic pattern, awarding a huge ‘leader’s bonus’ of seats to the Conservatives in England and to the […]
A torrent of ‘expert’ commentary has evaluated positively the chances of a Boris Johnson government adopting new, ‘one nation’ policies to give priority to the interests of working class voters and ‘left behind’ communities in northern or midland Britain. Patrick Dunleavy enumerates the numerous countervailing reasons to expect instead that this government will be very similar to its Conservative […]
Michael Kenny and Jack Sheldon discuss how Boris Johnson should approach intergovernmental matters in relation to Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Boris Johnson used his victory speech to restate his intention to lead a ‘one nation’ government. But, rather notably, he made no direct reference to either Scotland or Northern Ireland, the two parts of the UK where the ‘one nation’ […]
Was Farage the midwife delivering Johnson’s victory? The Brexit Party and the size of the Conservative majority
In the 2019 election, the Brexit Party stood only in opposition seats and asked its candidates to stand down in Conservative-held seats. Pippa Norris estimates that the impact of this strategy doubled Johnson’s parliamentary majority. So, despite his party being wiped out in this election, Farage’s role has been one of kingmaker in terms of both the predominance of […]
With the return to a traditional single-party majority, Boris Johnson’s government will be invoking a strong mandate for its policy programme. Ruxandra Serban explains that, while the UK Parliament is well-equipped – better than most other parliaments – to question the Prime Minister on various matters, this accountability relationship can only function if Johnson follows certain established conventions. His […]
Public debate in the last two general elections saw significant input from UK fact-checkers. Jen Birks examines the role of fact-checking journalism during the 2017 and 2019 campaigns, and identifies differences in approaches as well as in the policy issues covered.
Amid concern about widespread manipulation and deceit in campaigning, fact-checking journalism is achieving new prominence in this election, […]
In this general election, Britain faces a paradigm shift, argues Abby Innes: the essential choice is between a government of the economic hard right that will complete the already-failed supply-side revolution of the last forty years, and a government willing to implement a Green New Deal that in turn will end the era of Neoliberalism. She writes that we […]