Our disenfranchised student generation

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

The May Local Elections (Part 2): Rainbow and Other Coalitions

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

The May Local Elections (Part 1): From Results to Outcomes

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

Never mind who you voted for, where did you do it?

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?