Britain Unbound – The General Election explained

  Presented with the clearest political choices between Left, Right and Nationalist politics, the voters stunned the political sphere with their ferociousness. This election revealed two frightening aspects about our electorate: Firstly, they are ruthlessly unsentimental. Both Douglas Alexander and Jim Murphy had been MPs for 18 years and enjoyed a combined majority of 27,000 …

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Celebrity endorsements: Do they matter?

  Russell Brand and Delia Smith do not seem like natural bedfellows. They have rather different target audiences. ‘Anarchical’ Brand is one of the UK’s most followed tweeters, while ‘sensible’ Delia is the nation’s bestselling author of cookery books. They, however, have at least one thing in common. Both celebrities recently endorsed the Labour Party. …

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Don’t forget the media

  I suspect when candidates go knocking on doors, one issue least likely perceived to be a vote winner is that of a party’s media policy. In fact, in an effort to clamp down on government expenditure, many commentators and politicians have pointed to abolishing the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and moving …

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The General Election and Beyond

General Election With national papers reporting there are still 10 million undecided voters with under a week to go until polling day, everything is still to play for in the 2015 General Election. Labour and the Conservatives are still neck and neck in the polls with neither party seeming able to make the decisive break …

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Cicero Elections Review: Leaders’ Question Time

  David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg took part in the final election television event last night in front of a Question Time audience in Leeds. Last night was originally meant to be the final leaders debate, but Cameron rejected the offer claiming debates would dominate the campaign. In contrast, yesterday’s event received little …

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Do media endorsements matter anymore?

  Perhaps the least surprising event of the election campaign happened last night. The English Sun endorsed David Cameron and the Conservatives, while the Scottish Sun endorsed Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP. Given the deliberate public position Ed Miliband has taken in attacking Rupert Murdoch, this was almost inevitable. Frankly, Labour probably have more chance …

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Power to the Palace

Whether it’s their intention or not, the voters may be about to weaken executive government. Take three ingredients: a truly hung Parliament; no chance of a formal, durable coalition, and the Five Year Parliament Act, and what do you get?  A shift in power from executive to legislature, meaning many of the customs and cultures …

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