Tag Archives: General Election

Look What You Could Have Won (2019 version)

As in 2015 and 2017, I’ve done a little thought exercise about what would have potentially happened in the recent General Election had the single transferable vote method been used to elect MPs. The usual caveats apply, especially as the number of tactical voters this time is supposed to have been much higher than normal […]

The Decision is Made

The medium term repercussions for the union of the United Kingdom also look terminal.

The Multiheaded Hydra that is Brexit

The level of government and political instability has reached such a point that I’m now asked if there will be a General Election on a daily basis. This post is an attempt to lay out what I think the main options are going forwards, and discuss the issues which arise from each one. Undoubtably there […]

Stopping Brexit – Referendum or General Election?

Over recent months the People’s Vote campaign has gained some considerable momentum, with polls in August and September indicating that slightly more people now want a referendum on the final Brexit deal than don’t. The talk today has been whether the Labour Party will swing behind this (some of the unions already have) or whether […]

General Elections, Article 50 and Dates

In case you weren’t aware, if there is a snap general election, then I will be a candidate fighting to win a seat. So I have a “slight” personal interest in the following. There’s a lot of talk right now about Theresa May calling a snap general election. Number 10 announced today that Article 50 […]

Here Be Dragons

As I was going into London yesterday morning, a familiar face entered the carriage at Twickenham. As we pulled into Waterloo, I got up and smiled at him. Vince Cable saw my Stronger In badge, smiled back, and we left going our own separate ways. This morning Vince has published the start of a roadmap […]

Oppositions don’t win Elections – Governments Lose Them

This long election campaign seems to have continued the process of tribalising British politics. The social media age encourages us to surround ourselves with views we like and shut out voices we don’t. This feedback loop reinforces our belief that we are right, and insulates us from other opinions. The vast majority of the de-politicised […]

The Framework Created by Media

In the middle stages of an incredibly long, drawn-out general election campaign, it can be interesting to reflect on the media’s role. In the early part of Trans Media Watch’s Leveson evidence, we quoted Gray Cavendar – the media helps us “to define what we think about, what we see as problems and the solutions […]