Chris Game This week, were I still a university degree convenor, I would be meeting and re-greeting the first three-year generation of undergraduates to have missed out almost entirely on voting in the referendum whose consequences will significantly shape their remaining lives – much longer lives than most of those who collectively created the narrow … Continue reading Our disenfranchised student generation
By Chris Game A fortnight ago, planning how to open the second part of this two-part blog, I counted the number of EU countries with national coalitions: 18. Then, in Italy, Matteo Salvini collapsed his far-right Lega Nord party’s coalition with the populist Five Star Movement, hoping to prompt and win a snap General Election. … Continue reading The May Local Elections (Part 2): Rainbow and Other Coalitions
By Chris Game There’s this northern borough council, generally Labour-controlled, but where in the May elections, despite only a third of seats being contested, the party’s candidates lost variously to Liberal Democrats, Independents, UKIP and Greens, and thereby its overall majority. Next day, Friday 3rd, the Council published ward-by-ward results and listed the now seven … Continue reading The May Local Elections (Part 1): From Results to Outcomes
Chris Game I should have been voting this week. I’m a longstanding Birmingham resident, almost unhealthily fascinated by local politics and particularly electoral politics, and it’s one of the years in our electoral cycle when the metropolitan boroughs, like Birmingham, have elections. What more to wish for? A lot, as it happens – but it … Continue reading Gone Missing – 500 Councillors
Chris Game In 1967/68, while attempting concurrently, and unsuccessfully, to write a PhD thesis and earn enough to live, I had the good fortune to work as research assistant to the late Anthony King, well-known and respected Professor of Government, writer, broadcaster, and public intellectual. One of the two people who most shaped my so-called … Continue reading Electoral registers and choropleth maps
Chris Game They’ve become a standard feature of the election season – complaints about the complete or partial closure of schools selected as polling stations. Some, no doubt, are from the actual children whose education is being potentially disrupted. But more come from heads of affected schools – who are informed, rather than requested, by … Continue reading Never mind who you voted for, where did you do it?