Cold nights, Christmas jumpers, hymns, mulled wine, oh… and an election. What we have to ‘look forward’ to in December… The 31st October has been and gone, Brexit has been extended, again… But despite Boris Johnson’s macabre prophecy, he is still leading the country, not “dead in a ditch”. (For some this may be the … Continue reading ‘Tis The Season – Charlie Wadey
Kosovo held parliamentary elections on 6 October. Blerim Vela outlines five key lessons that can be learned from the vote, which saw opposition parties make substantial gains. Election Day in Kosovo went by without any major incidents that could harm the electoral process, despite a narrow race between Kosovo’s political parties. The preliminary results showed … Continue reading Five lessons from Kosovo’s parliamentary elections – Blerim Vela
While Poles appear to be increasingly tolerant of LGBT lifestyles, beyond the larger towns and cities the country remains culturally conservative and acceptance declines when the agenda moves into the realm of sex education and family life. Although a risky strategy, raising the salience of this controversial issue draws out divisions within the opposition and could mobilise the right-wing ruling party’s small-town and rural core supporters in a European Parliament election where turnout will be key.
Mobilising conservative voters
In February, Warsaw mayor Rafał Trzaskowski published a 12-point charter pledging support for the city’s LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community. Mr Trzaskowski was elected last October as the candidate of the liberal-centrist Civic Platform (PO), Poland’s ruling party between 2007-15 and currently the main opposition grouping. Most controversially, the ‘LGBT plus’ rights declaration included a proposal to introduce a comprehensive, LGBT-approved sex and anti-discrimination education programme based on World…
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As it’s become clearer what Brexit will really mean for the UK, optimism has grown among Remainers that the country will come to its senses and decide to stay in the EU. Last weekend hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of London demanding a second referendum, supported by high profile politicians and … Continue reading Three reasons why a second referendum might not be a good idea – Sam Gower
Last month a group that hopes to bring us the UK’s first new university in forty years was launched. The London Interdisciplinary School, as it’s known, will offer only one degree. One that is designed to create “leaders who can think beyond the limits of traditional subjects, make new connections and find new solutions”. The … Continue reading The World’s Problems Won’t Be Solved By Inviting Corporations To Shape Our Degrees – Sam Gower
If you watch anywhere near the amount of First Dates that my flatmates and I do, you’ll have seen it by now: the new RAF advert featuring audio of adverts for typically feminine products being played over footage of woman in the military. The campaign recently won £1 million worth of free air time on … Continue reading Is the new RAF advert as feminist as it seems? – Tess Michaels
Public procurement is one of the riskiest fields for corruption to occur. Why? Basically, because it involves the acquisition of goods or services to build schools, hospitals, roads, etcetera; this means big budgets and big opportunities for hidden exchanges. Most research as well as international organisations have highlighted the need to open data and improve … Continue reading Corruption risks in public procurement contracts. Why does it matter? – Irasema Guzmán
The SDP’s David Owen, 1981. LSE Library. The defections of eight Labour MPs and three Conservatives (numbers accurate at the time of writing!) from their parties to an as yet undefined ‘Independent Group’ has inevitably drawn comparison with the foundation of the SDP in 1981. The backdrop of divisions over Europe, intra-party democracy and ideological … Continue reading First as tragedy…?
A map of the world by number of residents with British citizenship in 2006. From the BBC report titled ‘Brits Abroad’. Picture: TastyCakes on English Wikipedia The turmoil around Brexit dominating British politics over recent weeks has turned the public gaze away from other bills going through Parliament. Yet one of these is a bill … Continue reading ‘Votes for life’ for overseas electors? Principles, process and party politics – Susan Collard
The liberal-centrist opposition’s claim that Poland’s right-wing government wants to take the country out of the EU is potentially extremely dangerous for the ruling party. To neutralise the opposition’s apparently effective narrative, it is trying to defuse its row with the EU institutions while leaving the core of its contested judicial reforms intact. Stand-off with … Continue reading How will the ‘Polexit’ issue play out in Polish politics? – Aleks Szczerbiak