Party politics and elections

  • Permalink Gallery

    Labour should look to Cameron, not Blair, for inspiration as it chooses its new leader

Labour should look to Cameron, not Blair, for inspiration as it chooses its new leader

Despite the party’s 2019 defeat, Labour’s policies have much popular appeal and could demand majority support. This means that the new Labour leader should not reinvent the party and its message, like the root and branch reform that took place under Tony Blair, but rather change its image, like David Cameron ‘detoxified’ the Tories, writes Sean Kippin.

Few corpses will […]

  • Permalink Gallery

    Sixteen reasons to expect just another, ‘standard-issue’ Tory government

Sixteen reasons to expect just another, ‘standard-issue’ Tory government

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 […]

How can Boris Johnson keep the UK together?

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’ […]

  • Permalink Gallery

    Was Farage the midwife delivering Johnson’s victory? The Brexit Party and the size of the Conservative majority

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 […]

  • Permalink Gallery

    Optimism does go viral: Labour, the Conservatives, and social media in the 2017 general election

Optimism does go viral: Labour, the Conservatives, and social media in the 2017 general election

Analysing the social media strategies of Labour and the Conservatives during the 2017 general election, Paolo Gerbaudo explains that the latter focused on negative issues such as Brexit and terrorism, while Labour focused on positive ones, such as the promise of higher social spending, generating higher levels of engagement.

Social media are widely held to have played an important role in […]

Fact-checking GE2019 compared to fact-checking GE2017

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, […]

  • Permalink Gallery

    ‘The most important election in a generation’ – just like the last election (and the next?)

‘The most important election in a generation’ – just like the last election (and the next?)

Despite the 2019 general election being portrayed as the most important in a generation, Christopher Kirkland writes that it is too simplistic to suggest that some elections are more important than others.

The Conservatives’ message in the 2019 election is that it wants to ‘get Brexit done’. More than three years after the EU referendum, which was consistently defined as […]

Five reasons to vote in a safe seat

Why bother to vote in a safe seat, knowing your vote won’t make a difference to that constituency’s outcome? Jonathan Birch offers five key reasons why voting makes a difference to the legitimacy and stability of parliamentary democracy, even when individual seats don’t change hands.

Elections can be pretty demoralising if you live in a safe seat. Where I live, […]