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Greg Dyke and the UKIPisation of English Football

Greg Dyke and the UKIPisation of English Football

Formed in the autumn of 2013, last May the England Commission – established by the Football Association to improve English football and aid the national team, and headed by FA Chairman Greg Dyke – published its first report. The report’s two flagship proposals – B-teams for Premier League clubs, and ‘Strategic Loan Partnerships’ between the top two and lower two professional…

An International Record of Women’s Suffrage

An International Record of Women’s Suffrage

International Women’s Day, celebrated on 8 March each year, took place yesterday. To mark its passing, I thought I would look at some of the dates and backgrounds pertaining to when women first attained the right to vote. I have touched briefly on this subject in a couple of previous pieces: depicting a cultural history of Crimea; and viewing a history of…

Canada and the Environmentalist/Extremist Equation

A blog post on the website of Greenpeace Canada last Tuesday, written by Keith Stewart, placed into context the equation between environmentalism and extremism which authorities in Canada have increasingly sought to make since Stephen Harper and his Conservative Party won a majority government in 2011. On 9 February 2012, the Canadian government published what they described as ‘Canada’s first Counter-terrorism…

PR, Negative Parliamentarism, and Sweden’s Budget Vote

On 3 December, Sweden’s Riksdag effectively rejected the budget proposed by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven’s government. In response, Löfven announced that he would call a snap election, which is scheduled to take place on 22 March. Löfven cannot officially call for a new vote until 29 December; but this means that, less than three months after going to the polls, Sweden must…

Rochester and Strood and the Shape of Immigration Rhetoric

Thursday’s by-election in Rochester and Strood resulted in a widely expected victory for UKIP’s Mark Reckless. The by-election was triggered by the defection of Reckless from the Conservative Party at the end of September. Becoming UKIP’s second elected MP following fellow Tory defector Douglas Carswell’s success in Clacton last month, Reckless and UKIP took 42.1% of the vote (16,867 votes)….

Viewing UKIP Policy in the Aftermath of the Clacton By-Election

Viewing UKIP Policy in the Aftermath of the Clacton By-Election

As the UK Independence Party gains its first elected Member of Parliament – with Douglas Carswell, whose defection from the Conservative Party triggered the by-election, taking just under 60% of the vote yesterday in Clacton, leaving the Conservatives with less than 25% of voters in the constituency while Labour managed just over 11% – there is an urgent need for a…

Batter Together – A Political Cartoon

Batter Together – A Political Cartoon

The relentlessly hardworking David Cameron celebrates victory in the Scottish referendum by offering fried goods on the doorsteps of Westminster – accompanied by Nigel Farage, Nick Clegg, Ed Miliband, boxes of Mars Bars, and a lonely orange. A scathing political cartoon.