A Tale of Two Elections Part 2: The Real Significance of the 1997 and 2015 Elections

In the first part of this piece, I put forward the theory that the generally accepted narrative of what happened at the 1997 United Kingdom election was wrong. That narrative had it that Labour — or New Labour — as they branded themselves, had abandoned “the Left”, and had moved to the “centre ground” where they took millions of votes off the Conservative Party. What I believe actually happened was this: Labour altered Clause 4 of their constitution which had committed them […]

A Tale of Two Elections Part 1: The Real Significance of the 1997 and 2015 Elections

The two most important British elections since the Second World War were the one held in 1997 and the one held just last week. However, it seems to me that the majority of people, including many political commentators, have not really grasped what happened in these elections. Actually, I would go as far as to say that most people tend to draw the opposite conclusions to the ones that ought to be drawn. The common belief is that in 1997, Labour won by […]

And the Winner is…The Personal Peace & Affluence Party

What to make of this extraordinary UK General Election result? I have to say that in one sense the result makes no difference to me whatsoever. As a Christian conservative I perfectly understood both before and after that there could be no good result in this election. Any combination of unCon/Lab/Lib or any of them gaining an overall majority — as actually happened — would see yet another anti-Christian, anti-conservative government in power. But what I find astonishing is that people actually went […]

General Election Blues

The excitement is almost killing me. Here we are on the day of the 2015 UK General Election, a vote in which some people wearing different coloured rosettes who agree on all the important issues of the day, but pretend they don’t, get to find out whether their particular method of bribing people to vote for them by promising lots of money they don’t have to do things that are the opposite of what is needed, has paid off. Does that sound unnecessarily sardonic? […]

Electoral Myths # 3: Voting is Your Best Way of Changing Things

One of the most prevalent and demonstrably false myths is that voting is the best opportunity you have to change things. In reality, voting is just about the least effective ways of producing change – if change is what you want, that is. Unless you happen to live in a constituency which is balanced on a knife edge, voting changes nothing. And even in that situation, you are going to have to have a clear and unmistakable difference between the […]

Election Myths # 1: Voting is a Duty

With just over two weeks to go until the UK General election, the delicious thought that the mind-numbingly tedious and patronising campaign will soon be at an end is beginning to warm my heart. Before it ends, I want to spend just a few short pieces looking at the issue of voting, or rather to take a look at some of the myths that persist about voting. It is not my intention to turn anyone off voting in these pieces. […]

It’s the Maths, Stupid!

I just finished watching a few minutes of the latest debate between the UK Party leaders in the mind-numbingly tedious spectacle known as the UK General Election campaign. Yes, I know I really ought to have better things to do with my time, and I have, but then again I thought that I ought to make at least a token effort to show some interest. Having watched those few minutes, I can now say I was fully justified in my previous policy of election-avoidance, […]