Secretive, rigid and never honest with the public about Brexit: Theresa May’s failings

Theresa May drank deep from the poisonous well of Conservative Euroscepticism and did nothing to inform a public confused by Brexit about the trade-offs necessary for any deal. Her secretive and rigid approach was what led to her downfall, writes Oliver Daddow (University of Nottingham). “Please don’t waste this time”, Donald Tusk warned the UK government … Read moreSecretive, rigid and never honest with the public about Brexit: Theresa May’s failings

Tory leadership candidates should pledge to back whatever Brexit outcome the winner proposes

Much has been made or said about the ‘clean campaign’ pledge signed by various if the Tory leadership contenders this week. The first rule transposes what Ronald Reagan called his ‘Eleventh commandment’: “Thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Conservative”. This is essential to ensuring the new leader commands the confidence of the party … Read moreTory leadership candidates should pledge to back whatever Brexit outcome the winner proposes

A no-deal Brexit is the only way to save the Conservative Party

In 1993, the old Progressive Conservative Party of Canada betrayed the trust of the public so spectacularly that it lost its absolute majority and won only two seats in the Canadian House of Commons. The party never recovered and was forced to merge with an upstart right-wing party which had hoovered up Tory votes after … Read moreA no-deal Brexit is the only way to save the Conservative Party

We need a resolute negotiator to lead us out of the EU and for me that person could be Steve Baker

It is astounding to hear some politicians talk of keeping No Deal on the table, only to state in almost the same breath that a no-deal outcome must be avoided. These people are not equipped to lead. I say to all politicians: beware of the “Peter principle” whereby someone quite good in their role gets … Read moreWe need a resolute negotiator to lead us out of the EU and for me that person could be Steve Baker

Richard Ekins: Representative Politics and the Limits of Law

This is the first of a series of posts in which Richard Ekins reflects upon Lord Sumption’s Reith Lectures. In his second Reith lecture, “In Praise of Politics”, broadcast on Tuesday, Jonathan Sumption aims “to make the case for the political process, with all its imperfections.”  He develops a forceful argument for the capacity of … Read moreRichard Ekins: Representative Politics and the Limits of Law

A few lessons about disproportionality and tactical voting in the European elections

In European election terms, the Liberal Democrats are now a major party. Heinz Brandenburg (University of Strathclyde) looks at what the EP election results tell us about the limitations of tactical voting. He analyses the difference Change UK and UKIP withdrawals from the contest would have made and explains why the d’Hondt system punished the … Read moreA few lessons about disproportionality and tactical voting in the European elections

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