Josh Cowls

Welcome to Britain’s first ever prime ministerial primary

Win or lose, Corbyn’s success adds credence to the conclusion that Britain is in the midst of its first prime ministerial primary, writes Josh Cowls. The most significant factor for this is Labour’s new voting system and its lower barriers to membership. These changes have blurred the lines between party membership and the American system of party registration.

#JezWeCan? It’s […]

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    What the Thornberry affair tells us about politicians online

What the Thornberry affair tells us about politicians online

Emily Thornberry was forced to resign as shadow Attorney General after her now infamous tweet of white van parked outside a house draped in England flags. The Thornberry affair is evidence that what many see as the trend towards the increasingly professionalised, stage-managed, spin-doctored presentation of British politicians has not yet fully spread to online social platforms like Twitter, argues […]

December 1st, 2014|Featured, Josh Cowls|1 Comment|
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    We are entering an era in which multi-party coalitions are the norm rather than the exception

We are entering an era in which multi-party coalitions are the norm rather than the exception

On its own, the fact that the 2010 general election produced a coalition government does not tell us much. But Josh Cowls argues that a repeat experience in 2015, and a second coalition government with a broad and diverse mandate, would herald the end of single-party government in the UK.

Consider the following scenario. An indifferent British electorate shrugs its […]

Fahrenheit 404: Party attitudes to web archiving are a worrying sign for digital-era democracy

Last month saw a spate of “cyber-revisionism” by both Labour and the Tories as the parties attempted to erase archived material from their websites and, in the Conservative case, from the wider web. To Josh Cowls and Mor Rubenstein this revelation is just another particularly pronounced example of the actual experience of political parties on the internet falling far from the original […]