Blogs

  • 11 May 2015

    After the Labour Party’s disappointing results in the UK General Election, some senior figures are urging it to move still further to the right. But this could be electorally damaging, as well as ethically questionable.

  • 11 May 2015

    On Friday, when David Cameron stood outside Downing Street to address the nation, he struck a less strident note then he has for some time. He talked about giving the poorest a chance for 'training, a job, and hope for the future'. He seemed in his speech to be reclaiming the mantle of the compassionate Conservative he appeared to be back in 2009/10. I wish I could believe him.

  • 9 May 2015

    David Cameron has emailed supporters to tell them of his plans to ‘make Britain greater still’. One part of these plans is to create three million Apprenticeships.

  • 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.