Archive | August, 2012

The Price of Constitutional Revenge

Ron Johnston and Charles Pattie outline possible consequences of the Liberal Democrats voting down the proposed new Parliamentary constituencies On Monday, 6 August, the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, announced that because the Prime Minister could not deliver Conservative party backbench support for the coalition’s House of Lords Reform Bill, it was being withdrawn. Mr […]

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Wade Michael Page and the Rise of Violent Far Right Extremism

Writing for the Guardian G2, Dr Matthew Goodwin offers insight into the case of Wade Michael Page and the shootings in Wisconsin. At the time of writing, the piece was the most viewed story on Guardian world news.

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Progressivism: Past and Present

On 3 July, the Centre for British Politics hosted a conference on Progressivism: Past and Present. The word ‘progressive’ was dismissed as ‘an analytic marshmallow’, attacked as a discredited term, at odds with what people feel and yet revealed to be overwhelmingly popular – if not well understood. Joe Twyman revealed the results of a […]

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Polling Observatory #17: No Olympic bounce for Coalition

This is the seventeenth in a series of posts that report on the state of the parties as measured by opinion polls. By pooling together all the available polling evidence we can reduce the impact of the random variation each individual survey inevitably produces. Most of the short term advances and setbacks in party polling […]

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‘Boris’ and seventy two virgins

With Boris Johnson riding high thanks to the Olympics and David Cameron suffering because … well, the reasons are too many to go into … I thought it might be useful to briefly revisit the former’s 2004 novel Seventy Two Virgins to see what kind of insight it gives us into the politics of the […]

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The riots one year on: Are we worried about a repeat?

Writing in The Sun yesterday (and next to Leona Lewis – life goal #32 complete), I summarised some of the data from our project on the riots, with Mark Pickup and Eline de Rooij (Simon Fraser University), and with support from YouGov. Over the past year, we have undertaken three surveys of the general public […]

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