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Archived Since:May 7, 2010

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Another hung Parliament?

Some reflections on the next election and the likelihood of another hung Parliament: Coalition politics

What happened to British decline?

This post on the Speri blog looks at what happened to British relative economic decline and the country's continuing economic problems, following the recent retirement conference for Andrew Gamble at Cambridge University: The decline debate

Scotland and Quebec

A long time ago I wrote a comparison between Scotland and Quebec with a Canadian colleague which was published as an article in Canada. There is an interesting parallel between the current referendum in Scotland and that in Quebec in 1995. An interesting blog post on the subject can be found here: Quebec and Scotland

Comparing UKIP and the SDP

Two insurgent parties: how do they compare? UKIP and the SDP

Custard powder shortage causes concern in August 1914

Leamington residents were urged to keep calm in August 1914 but worries about a shortage of custard powder surfaced. A local vicar complained that governments only cared about voters. 'Keep calm – and don’t panic!’ was the advice the Courier gave to Leamington residents in an editorial following the outbreak of war in August 1914. Show More Summary

Not everyone expected a short war in 1914

Not everyone in 1914 thought that the war would be over by Christmas. A retired soldier, Sir Charles Hunter, addressed a large audience in the Jephson Gardens in Leamington and told them that they would have to go back to the Napoleonic era to realise what this great war meant. Show More Summary

Leamington and the First World War

This piece on how the outbreak of the First World War was viewed in Leamington was written for the 'On This Day' feature in Leamington FC's programme, but it may have a wider interest. One hundred years ago the outbreak of the First World War was imminent. Show More Summary

New blog

I am now General Editor of the British Politics Blog of the American Political Science Association. Go there for informed analyses of British politics from both sides of the pond: British Politics Blog

Chris White rebels

Looking through the list of MPs who voted against the Coalition Government on Syria, I found my own MP from Warwick and Leamington, Chris White. He has, of course, rebelled before on HST2, but this is an issue that profoundly affects his constituents. Show More Summary

Visiting No 10

I have been to No 11 Downing Street before, but today I was invited to a lunchtime reception promoting the referendums for city mayors in my capacity as chair of the Warwick Commission on Elected Mayors.Michael Heseltine introduced the...Show More Summary

'Granny tax' may be bad politics

Media coverage of the Budget this morning is focussing on the so-called 'Granny Tax' with some criticism coming from the right-wing press. It may well be good policy but bad politcs.There isn't really a logical justfication for special allowances for the retired, particularly when tax threshholds are being increased. Show More Summary

Political posters

Some classic political posters here: Posters The Conservative ones seem to be more effective, even if they are misleading. Remember 'Labour Isn't Working'? 'Life's Better Under the Conservatives' captured the mood of an era, even if the country was facing serious problems of economic competitiveness.

Christmas cheer in the polls for Dave

After a long period in which the polls have been in a 'holding pattern', they have delivered a Christmas present for Dave Cameron in terms of a jump in the ratings: Polls As the experts at Nottingham University point out, this is undoubtedly related to the exercise of the European 'veto' and probably involves an erosion of UKIP support. Show More Summary

Do English cities want elected mayors?

Next May voters in eleven English cities will be asked if they want elected mayors - which already exist in fourteen locations ranging from the rather special case of London to smaller towns such as Bedford and Mansfield.The WarwickShow More Summary

Church militant?

Leamington Parish ChurchNot for the first time the Church of England has made a fool of itself over handling the demonstration outside St.Paul's. The Church's response has been weak and inconsistent, revealing once again internal divisions. Show More Summary

Not a game changer

Valencia: Reuters rang me up yesterday evening to ask for comment on Liam Fox's resignation. My view was and is that it is not a game changer for the Coalition Government.It is clearly an embarrassing episode, but Dave has handled it as well as he could in the circumstances. Show More Summary

President Dave offers leadership

Leadership was a central theme of David Cameron's speech to the Conservative Party conference this afternoon: leadership provided by him in difficult times. Apparently even the podium looked presidential.It's a reasonable enough strategy...Show More Summary

Ed's conference speech

I have to say that I am a bit underwhelmed. It often seemed that he was addressing the conference hall rather than the country. The speech went down well in Liverpool, especially the barbs against the Tories and Nick Clegg. But for me it didn't deliver a coherent strategy for government. Show More Summary

Labour's search for credibility

What Labour really needs out of its conference is the development of a view among voters that it is a credible alternative government. Of course, the first obstacle there is Ed Miliband. Voters do not see him as a credible prime minister in waiting. Show More Summary

Black hole in public finances

Ministers have been sounding a gloomy tone recently and it's not just because of the eurozone crisis. Work by the Financial Times using the Office for Budget Responsibility model suggests that the structural deficit is £12bn higher than...Show More Summary

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