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2017 General Election Diary Day 22: Vote Dredd for a strong and stable Mega City One

Today we had the shock news that British election law is so weak that it’s very very hard to actually break it (which is probably why Phil Woolas was so shocked that a court found he actually had). The main problem, I find,…

2017 General Election Diary Day 21: Polling, polling, polling

Let’s talk about one of my least favourite innovations in recent politics: the Twitter poll. I understand the thinking behind Twitter introducing it – ‘interact with your friends and get their opinions’ – but like all seemingly benign social media inventions, its taken…

2017 General Election Diary Day 20: One month and counting

That’s the local elections out of the way, we’ve all had a nice weekend break of following the French election (and for those wondering where the British En Marche! is, try my post on the problems of creating a new centre party) which…

Tripoints: A General Election prediction competition

I took the weekend off from blogging, but the regular general election diary posts will resume later today. However, while I was out yesterday an idea struck me for a prediction contest for a difference. There are plenty of people out there asking…

2017 General Election Diary Day 17: Projected National Screaming

That’s the rehearsal election out of the way, now just five weeks to go as we wait for the real thing to happen. It’s very weird having a local election in the middle of a general election campaign. There have been time before…

2017 General Election Day 16: Pause and reflect

Maybe future general elections need to be arranged to have days off in the middle of them? Right now, all the politicos in the country are focused on the local elections, as are the journalists, though mostly because none of them want to…

2017 General Election Diary Day 15: Creating new enemies every day

So, I was preparing for this to be a bit of a quiet day on the election front today. Local elections tomorrow, so the parties would be getting their ducks in a row for that, and perhaps the media would be paying a…

2017 General Election Diary Day 14: okay with the events that are unfolding currently

I thought taking the day off this election to look back at 1997 yesterday would mean I wouldn’t miss much of what was going on. After all, it was a bank holiday and any political people doing things would have been to busy…

Twenty years ago today (been going in and out of style)

Looking out of the window at a rather grey and cool day, I remember that the weather on May 1st 1997 was nicer than it was today. There’s every possibility that’s just the memory cheating on me, but I don’t recall it as…

2017 General Election Day 12: Will the Fury From The Deep arrive in Clacton?

One issue puzzling me about modern British politics is what’s happened to the follow-up question? Because I’m a sucker for punishment, I watched Theresa May being interviewed twice this morning (first by Andrew Marr, then by Robert Peston) and noticed that both of…