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2017 General Election: The things I got wrong

I think it’s important, both as an academic and a politician, to look back at things and see where you went wrong in the hope you won’t make the same mistakes the next time around. It’s important to get rid of all those…

2017 General Election Diary Day 45: The home stretch

It’s odd to think after so many weeks of uncertainty that this time next week we’ll finally know something for sure. The people will have spoken, and then we can try and work out exactly what it is they’ve said. Or we can…

2017 General Election Diary Day 23: Vote for the Nonattitudes Party

Labour’s draft manifesto was leaked just after my post last night, which means people have had twenty-four hours to make all the jokes they want about it before I got a chance to do anything about it here. However, it does reveal something…

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…

No, polling companies aren’t trying to turn us into fascists

There was a minor social media storm yesterday evening when some people shared a question that YouGov are currently asking in one of their surveys. People were asked on a scale from strongly disagree to strongly agree how much they agreed with the…

2015 General Election Day 24: Breaking the silence

I’m going to break one of my rules for these election blog posts today to talk about a poll. However, this one isn’t a voting intention poll, so I won’t be having to write ‘variations within the margin of error’ too many times.…

2015 General Election Day 20: Selfies and Loonies

Midnight has passed, and we’re on the run in to election day, with more than half of the campaign done. There’s probably someone out there wishing the campaign was longer, but I suspect we’re all glad that the end is starting to come…

2015 General Election Day 13: Come on Tim!

After lamenting the lack of public engagement in the campaign yesterday, I should start this post with some praise for our local Greens who have held a public meeting for people to meet and question their candidates. If you want to know what…

2015 General Election Day 5: Oh message, in volume, oh forget it

Remember ‘on message, in volume, over time‘? There was a bit of a stir a couple of years ago when Liberal Democrats were told that’s what we had to do to ensure that the ‘stronger economy, fairer society’ message was buried into the…

‘Winning’ vs ‘performing well’: Different reactions in leaders’ debate polling

As I said in my post last night, one explanation for the differing results given in the post-debate opinion polls was that they could be asking different questions. Having had a chance to look at some of the reporting of the polls, it…