Blogs

  • 8 May 2015

    A desolate day follows a long night and the metaphors are a measure of the shock: “ a tsunami”, “ a landscape changed out of recognition”, “ sweeping all before them”. The reality is that the polls were wrong and we were ill-prepared for a Conservative majority.

  • 8 May 2015

    Ekklesia associate Vaughan Jones described the 2015 General Election as an event in democracy. Now that moment has passed and the results are in it is time we reflect on what they mean and what we need to do next.

  • 8 May 2015

    We have to resist: we have to throw sand in the works But more generally, now is not the time for despair.

  • 8 May 2015

    We will also be looking ‘Beyond the Ballot’… and from time-to-time giving you the opportunity to help keep us awake by making contributions (large or small, as you are able) to our post-election work

  • 8 May 2015

    As I write, it is unclear whether the Conservatives will have an overall majority. If not, I suspect they will try to rule as a minority government, although they may try some sort of deal. In the latter case, they could well be defeated in Parliament on at least some issues. In the former, they will still be vulnerable to rebellion from their own fractious backbenchers.

  • 7 May 2015

    I’m dangerous, and I know it: I’ve just voted. And not for one of The Approved Parties.

    No, I voted for the Scottish National Party candidate, Stephen Paterson. He’s the only one who can realistically defeat the candidate from the largest of The Approved Parties.

  • 7 May 2015

    I am often cautious about making election forecasts, but when it comes to the Green Party, I’m unusually confident about my predictions.

  • 7 May 2015

    It seems that quite a lot of candidates don't like getting too close to voters. To me, the revealing thing about Gordon Brown's little brush with Gillian Duffy five years ago were the words "...they should never have put me with that woman".

  • 7 May 2015

    Fifteen UKIP candidates and two Conservatives have signed a statement that commits them to opposing the renewal of the Trident nuclear weapons system. Unfortunately, they appear to have done so by accident.

  • 6 May 2015

    Recently, the Church Times newspaper in England reported that its study had found that, among the two largest parties currently, 38 per cent of Christians would likely vote Conservative, and 33 per cent Labour. When the results were divided denominationally, strong preferences were found. 48 per cent of Anglicans would vote Conservative (and 16 per cent for UKIP), while Catholics favoured Labour to Conservative, by 42 per cent to 31 per cent.