What Will Be Left of Great Britain?

December 23, 2019

As the shock of the UK general election fades, many questions will take time to be answered. Not that the reelection of the Conservative Party led by Prime Minister Boris Johnson was a shock, but the size of his majority in Parliament was one that no Labour Party strategist had foreseen....

Why Liars Win Elections

December 16, 2019

The vast majority of voters got it right. They knew that Thursday’s election could only produce a meaningless result, and they acted in consequence. Although unambiguous, the result answers no questions, but opens up new ones. To anyone with an understanding of historical processes, the idea...

The Truth and Lies of the UK General Election

December 12, 2019

Britain is gripped by election fever. The polls suggest voters are as divided as ever. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Tories face accusations of Islamophobia. Jeremy Corbyn is seemingly the face of acute and widely-held antisemitism in the Labour Party. For some, Corbyn is an...

Can Anything Unite the United Kingdom?

December 11, 2019

For all its complexity, everyone understands what the US is. But what is the United Kingdom? Most people around the world have never quite understood what geographical and political unity is referred to in its name. Nor do they understand the question of where its boundaries are located....

The End of Liberal Britain?

December 11, 2019

This UK general election campaign has been an emotional roller coaster for the Liberal Democrats. In fact, 2019 has been a massively emotional year for the party, and if polls or the betting market are anything to go by, it promises to be even more emotional — perhaps painful — on December 13....

Britain May Back Boris to Get Brexit Done

December 10, 2019

Just days before the December 12 election, The Guardian’s opinion poll tracker finds the Tories to “have a significant lead” over Labour even as support for the Liberal Democrats and the Brexit Party has slumped. In recent years, opinion polls have been notoriously unreliable. Rob Watson,...

Britain Faces a Historic Election

December 09, 2019

Elections are almost invariably termed historic. For once, the use of the term is not an exaggeration. When British voters go to the polls on December 12, they will indeed be making a historic choice. Scroll down to read more in this 360° series British democracy...

Fearing a Labour Victory, Britain’s 1% Threaten to Go on Strike

November 04, 2019

Halloween has passed, the date at which British Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised Brexit would be finalized. The suspense continues and will shortly attain a new level of intensity as the British electorate prepares for what will certainly be the most hyperreal UK general election in the...

Is Britain Heading Back to the 1970s?

May 06, 2015

The UK General Election campaign focuses on inputs into public services, rather than improving outputs or reducing demands. The election campaign in the United Kingdom has been dismissed as “irrelevant,” “boring” and “plastic.” It is better described as simplistic. British...

The UK General Election Explained

May 05, 2015

The 2015 UK General Election could see the Conservative-Labour dominance in Westminster diminished. Background On May 7, the British electorate will take to the polls in an election that seems virtually certain to end in a second consecutive hung parliament. Though it has been widely predicted...

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