Category: Revitalising Liberal Democracy

There is an apochryphal story – or so I am assured – that the massive Liberal landslide victory in the general election of 1905-6 derived from an eight-word manifesto –…

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Democracy is under threat claims Rishi Sunak. Lord Paul Tyler and Sir Nick Harvey – both former MPs with Tyler a former Chief Whip and Harvey…

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What the world needs now probably is a dose of ‘love, sweet love’ but – to mix my song lyrics – equally probably, ‘love is’…

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“Effective governments create opportunities for citizens to thrive, building thefoundation of national development and prosperity.” This is one of the statements underpinning the Chandler Good Government Index. The…

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As a young person looking increasingly despairingly towards politics, I found myself reinvigorated with hope for the future of decent, honest, and respectful politics when…

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Attempting to draw conclusions about the outcome of yesterday’s elections with little more than a third of the votes counted is a complete mug’s game,…

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There was a time, perhaps 1945-1985, when arts policy in Britain was catching up finally with that of its neighbours in Europe. Although cities had…

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There was a fascinating article in the New Statesman last month about the fraught US presidential election in November, written by the editor of a magazine called…

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A political collapse along the lines of that suffered by the Canadian Conservatives in 1993 – when they fell from a Parliamentary majority to just…

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Margaret Thatcher said there was no such thing as society. Or, rather, that is the decontextualised quote which survives her. Shorn of the explanatory following…

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The Conservatives seek to frame pretty much every general election (with the exception of “Get Brexit Done”) as Tory tax cuts versus Labour spend.  …

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Oppenheimer, the film by Christopher Nolan, has now cleaned up at the Bafta awards last month, and it is on track to do the same…

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