UK Politics

Calamitous May, Innovative Polling, and the Young Vote: On The 2017 General Election

Amid the uncertainty of a hung parliament, what can hardly be overstated about the 2017 general election result is just how much of a disaster it represents for Theresa May. Having called an unnecessary election believing herself in a position of barely-precedented strength – despite repeatedly vowing no snap election, with her spokesman reiterating the point less than a month before…

The Problem With Social Care Stretches Beyond Any ‘Dementia Tax’

Entitled ‘Forward, Together: Our Plan for a Stronger Britain and a Prosperous Future’, less of a wish than a command, and superficially attempting to shift the focus away from domestic policy and back towards Brexit, much of the Conservative Party manifesto released last Thursday seemed brazenly wrong or patently false. There was the scrapping of free school lunches for infants; another…

Gibraltar Shuffles on the Precipice of Brexit

Just when everything seemed to be running so smoothly! For months the House of Commons has been more than compliant, after a brief stand on moral grounds the Lords too meekly wilted, and with the claim of the Supreme Court swiftly abated, Article 50 was finally triggered. Brexit was well and truly underway. Theresa May sent her six-page letter to Brussels,…

Lords Retreat Over Brexit Bill Amendments

The relevance of the House of Lords to public life in the United Kingdom was traditionally debated along party lines, until following their election in 1997, the Labour Party removed all but 92 hereditary peers. Further attempts at reform have largely stalled, but we continue to ponder whether the House would be better off at least partially elected, what electoral system…

Opposition Fail in Dismal Battle Over Brexit Bill Amendments

When the House of Commons voted overwhelmingly last week in favour of the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill, granting Theresa May the ability to invoke Article 50 and steam ahead with a hard Brexit, there was some muttering among members of the real and supposed opposition regarding potential amendments. The cursory bill, introduced by Brexit secretary David Davis after the…