Elections

Elections

Is the Stoke failure the best Ukip can do?

Is the Stoke failure the best Ukip can do?

And so, yet again, UKIP fails on the big occasion. Once again they fluff their lines/miss an open goal/leave their fly open as they walk into the job interview (circle your metaphor of choice). Every time they look like making a breakthrough they smack into the glass ceiling of Westminster […]

by × February 26, 2017 ×

Elections, Northern Ireland

Haven’t we tired of the annual Sham Fight yet?

Haven’t we tired of the annual Sham Fight yet?

If you’re familiar with Northern Irish culture then you’ll no doubt have heard of the Sham Fight. Each 13th July, those of a sober disposition, and whose Twelfth is therefore enjoyed with ice cream and the like, join those who can manage a third consecutive day on the drink in […]

by × February 7, 2017 ×

Elections, News

Will there be a Brexit political realignment?

Does the Liberal Democrats’ victory over Zac Goldsmith in Richmond Park indicate the start of a genuine realignment of British politics around the Brexit vote? I’m sceptical. Overturning a 23,000 majority is a remarkable accomplishment, but we ought to remember that the candidate had no access to a campaigning machine […]

by × December 2, 2016 ×

Elections, Foreign Affairs, Leftwatch

2016: The year post-democratic politics went mainstream

2016: The year post-democratic politics went mainstream

November 25 was a date of cosmic importance this year. Jupiter joined a waning crescent Moon in the dawn sky, “bleeding inside each other’s wounds,” according to the America’s Most Haunted Twitter account, whatever that means. But it wasn’t the only event of cosmic significance to occur that evening. As the […]

by × December 1, 2016 ×

Elections, Liberty

Why populism trumps the status quo

Why populism trumps the status quo

By Julian Glassford The political earthquake that the Republican Party’s president-elect has sparked is bigger than the United States of America, and bigger, even, than the ego of “braggadocios” Donald Trump. With tremors still being felt right around the globe, the shock outcome has taken virtually everyone by surprise and left […]

by × November 27, 2016 ×

America, Elections, Leftwatch

10 million former Democrats and Trump voters may have more in common than they realise

10 million former Democrats and Trump voters may have more in common than they realise

Something about the past two days has really annoyed me: the characterisation of all of the people who voted Trump as racists and bigots. Yes, we know that some Trump voters are indeed those things – but that doesn’t mean that the 59.6 million Americans voted Republican in this election […]

by × November 10, 2016 ×

America, Elections

American pollsters and their big ‘oops’ moment

I don’t know if you’ve heard – perhaps through the mass out-pouring of hysteria on Facebook – but Donald J Trump is going to be the next President of the United States of America. The BBC has currently called 46 of 50 states, giving Trump 278 Electoral College votes to […]

by × November 9, 2016 ×

Elections

Brexiteers have nothing to fear from a general election

Brexiteers have nothing to fear from a general election

Remainers have become very fond of Parliamentary sovereignty in recent months. The referendum, the EU super-fans now allege, was merely advisory. It is for Parliament – in consultation with the ‘experts‘ of course – to decide on whether to leave the European Union. Never mind that the supremacy of EU […]

by × October 2, 2016 ×

Elections

The Conservatives continue to  dominate the polls

The Conservatives continue to
dominate the polls

In poll after poll since the result of the referendum on the European union was announced the Conservative Party has shown a strong and increasing lead over Labour. The most recent – conducted by the pollster ICM for the Guardian – gave the Conservatives a 14-point lead over Labour. Just let […]

by × September 3, 2016 ×

Elections

What now for UKIP?

What now for UKIP?

  What now for UKIP?   Having recently lost their raison d’être and their charismatic leader, you’d think these would be uncertain times for the UK Independence Party. But Brexit, Labour’s autosarcophagy and Theresa May’s crowning as supreme ruler of the realm have gifted our purple and yellow friends with […]

by × July 22, 2016 ×

Elections, News

Delegated democracy: It’s your fault our political elites are rubbish

Delegated democracy: It’s your fault our
political elites are rubbish

I really, really, don’t like politicians. It may surprise you to hear this from me, a political geek & campaigner, who counts several politicians as friends. But it’s true, as a class, I really don’t like politicians – indeed, one of the key reasons I am a libertarian is that […]

by × June 4, 2016 ×

Elections, Europe

This is not a free and fair referendum

This is not a free and fair referendum

David Cameron has spent the entire week on the back foot. He has badly mishandled the crisis over his tax affairs and now the Conservative Party threatens to erupt into total civil war over his plans to use £9.3 million in taxpayer’s money to send a pro-EU leaflet to every […]

by × April 8, 2016 ×