BoM May 2019

Our May book of the month is Fintan O’Toole’s Heroic Failure – The Delusions of Brexit. Fintan O’Toole’s book appeared some months ago and is an analysis of some of the myths surrounding Brexit and the deep hold it had on the English psyche. This was in the context of the Brexit referendum. With the… Read more

Westminster: Most Similar Country Ireland? – A new EU Regional Productivity Analysis

Introduction An interesting paper “The big European sort? The diverging fortunes of Europe’s regions” has been published by the Centre for European Reform (CER). Such papers are of great interest at PP. The paper analyses regional productivity. As a single metric productivity is one of the best, but as Charles Adams says, in order to… Read more

The European Elections: the UK Electoral Map and Parties

Introduction Previous posts discussed the UK European election voting systems and the make up of the European Parliament. Here the UK situation is discussed, in terms of constituencies and parties. Parties that have been included have a likelihood (or a decent possibility) of gaining seats in the election. The Constituencies   Figure 1 from Democratic… Read more

Lessons from the Local Election results

English Results   The English election results were disastrous for the Tories, loosing 1,334 seats. Expectation management was that they may loose 1000 seats, which was considered the worse case scenario. UKIP also had a terrible night, loosing 145 seats. The main beneficiaries were the Lib Dems gaining 703 seats, the Greens 194 seats and… Read more

European Parliament Elections – The UK Voting Systems

Introduction This is factual article on voting systems. Later posts will examine the make up of the European Parliament, the 2014 election and the UK parties and their manifestos and tactical voting principles, which from a progressive and pro-EU perspective will depend massively on the stance taken by Labour. The UK Voting Systems Two systems… Read more

Annunziata and other Names

Annunziata Rees-Mogg has made recent headlines recently by declaring for Farage’s new Brexit Party. I must confess that I had not heard of her – the Rees-Moggs are not a family I have the remotest interest in apart from some guilt perhaps that knowing ones enemy is always useful in warfare. Having grown up a… Read more

Net Migration to and from the UK

Net migration into the UK has become a very politicised  topic. It is worth however looking dispassionately at the numbers over the past 50 years or so. The numbers are taken from the ONS and available here. They only run to 2015, so are a few years out of date. Immigration patterns have changed considerably… Read more