Hopefully coming out before the election, otherwise some of these may look quite dated…

There’s nothing new about nationalism – Naomi Lloyd-Jones in History Today on the parallels between this election and the political fighting over Irish nationalism in the 1880s.
A Very British Coup – Dan Rebellato’s take on the Tory narrative and its efforts to keep David Cameron in Downing Street.
The Disappointing Election: Britain Votes – An interesting overview of party campaigning styles and practices from Seth Thevoz.
Ciaran Toland on Naomi Long – A spirited defence and call to action for the Alliance Party’s only MP, facing a massive fight to hold East Belfast against the DUP. “The people of East Belfast are being offered a clear choice about the future of Northern Ireland. Their choice will send a message to the province, and to the world, about how Northern Ireland sees itself in 2015.”
Why I’m resisting the Conservatives’ war on foreign intellectuals in Britain – A reminder of just what ‘controls on immigration’ mean for people who want to live and work in the UK.

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Worth Reading 81: A dandy to the power of a Bohemian

Why was turnout so abysmal in the Police and Crime Commissioner elections?? – Great post by Jennie Rigg looking at the reasons.
Spoilt Ballots in the PCC Elections: What Do the Numbers Tell Us? – And following that, some data on just how many ballots were spoilt, and for what reasons.
Don Jimmy Gambino OBE – Archie Valparaiso on how Jimmy Savile’s activities in the 50s seem more like those of a mob boss than a DJ
The Lib Dem Activist Blues – Jennie Rigg sets them to music.
The curious question of Tory nationalism – Simon Titley writes for the new Liberator blog. “Yet here we are, 56 years after Suez, and most of the Conservative Party (along with UKIP) continues under the delusion that Britain is still a superpower. It is expressed in terms of a go-it-alone braggadocio, with a corresponding disdain for Johnny Foreigner. It is the politics of the gut, not the brain. And it is completely and utterly counter-productive.”

And as a special bonus, a fun quote from here: ‘the ideal Labour supporter’s article now consists of the words ‘One Nation” repeated several hundred times, with an occasional “audacious“, “Ed Miliband“, “transformational” and ‘details need to be explored further” leavening the one nation pudding.’

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