Tag: UK elections

Theresa May is trying to pre-empt Brexit difficulties – it could backfire!


This blog originally appeared here  Theresa May has sprung an early election, breaking her earlier pledges not to, for three reasons: She knows the Brexit negotiations will very quickly cause her problems, as the unpalatable choices she has to make will alienate many voters and elements in her party – better to have the election… Read more »

Party before country

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I am a passionate democrat but this election is completely unnecessary, a direct consequence of the depressing and disastrous result of the referendum on membership of the European Union, when David Cameron put party before country. Once Theresa May became Prime Minister it became clear that, like David Cameron, she was beholden to the so-called… Read more »

Britain’s Brexit Election: Why now and what next?

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When Theresa May called a snap general election in April, she took Britain by surprise. It shouldn’t have. Riding high in the polls and with her opponents in trouble, Theresa May wants a mandate for a tough Brexit negotiating position, and a majority in Parliament for her own domestic agenda. When UK Prime Minister Theresa… Read more »

Shaping the campaign


This post originally appeared on the Fabian Society website The opinion polls currently point towards a general election result for the Labour party so catastrophic it leads to a political earthquake and the long-term realignment of British politics. Theresa May’s Conservatives are significantly ahead on critical indicators of electoral performance: party affiliation; leadership strength; economic… Read more »

Promises, promises

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This post originally appeared on the Fabian Society website After the ‘longest suicide note in history’ back in 1983, Labour, on its journey towards modernisation, latched on to the idea of the ‘symbolic policy’: a policy that illustrates a party’s long term values and vision while also connecting strongly with voters. The sale of council… Read more »