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 They only run to 2015, so are a few years out of date.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

BoM March 2019

Our March 2019 book of the month is The Lies We Were Told: Politics, Economics, Austerity and Brexit by Prof Simon Wren-Lewis. I have been increasingly worried about media bias over the past few decades. This seemed to start  with anti-EU propaganda – at best highly distorted and at worst completely fictional stories in the… Read more