2017 General Election Diary day 5: Whatever you say, it’s wrong

It must be great to be the person in charge of the Tory smear campaign, because you have to do so little work of your own. Just nudge out a little bit of disinformation and wait for the circular firing squad (motto: ‘the…

2017 General Election diary Day 4: Breaking pledges before the vote

So, about that whole one post a day thing during the election. I’d like to explain here that it was always an aspiration and never a firm commitment, but global circumstances have since arisen that will make it hard to meet that aspiration…

2017 General Election Diary Day 3: The Leavers’ chicken run

Didn’t get a chance to write last night, so at some point over the next few days there’ll be two diary posts in a day to get me back on track. Or pressures of work mean I’ll just end up slipping even more…

A new Medium

Just a quick announcement to let people know that I’m now cross-posting articles from here to Medium, so if you use it you can follow and recommend my writing there. Click here to see my stories. This will still be the principal place…

2017 General Election Diary Day 2: Into the valley of death rode the 650

A small piece of history today as Parliament voted to dissolve itself for the first time. Like all momentous historical decisions, it was taken after a 90-minute debate that they’d only had twenty four hours notice of, but that’s still actually more democratic…

Circular firing squads

Twenty four hours since Theresa May told us she wanted an election, and what have we seen? The Tories, and the right in general have all happily taken their place behind her, told us what a good idea this election is and happily…

2017 General Election Diary Day 1: Can we survive 52 days of this?

Until this morning, the biggest surprise news I might have expected to hear this week was who the new Doctor is, then there came news that Theresa May was going to be making an announcement at 11.15. 'I have spent the weekend in…

Three things I’d do if I was Tim Farron today

I’m still debating whether to follow the example of 2010 and 2015 and do a daily general election post here. Part of me feels like I should if only solidarity with the academics who about elections and have suddenly found that they’ve now…

It looks like you’re starting a new centre party. Would you like some help with that?

There used to be a distinct summer ‘silly season’ in British politics. Unfortunately, global warming and the catastrophic meltdown of most rational sense about politics in this country means we’re now living in a permanent silly season where ideas that would normally be…

Two-round electoral systems: a thought experiment

(AKA, today in anti-clickbait titles…) We’re just three weeks away from the first round of the 2017 French Presidential election and I’ve recently been trying to write a journal article about tactical voting, so various things have smashed together in my head to…