Election.

Labour's Epic Fail Viewed Through the Prism of Marketing's Hottest Medium

Theo Delaney | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Politics
Theo Delaney

So what went wrong? Was the strategy flawed? Most commentators now say that targeting a narrow section of voters meant alienating the bulk of the electorate; that Labour were making a Ken Loach film when they should have been making Fast and Furious 8.

The Cyber Manifesto

Raj Samani | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Tech
Raj Samani

Although not a major topic in the campaign spotlight, we did see all of the major parties provide measures to attempt to address the growth in cybercrime in their respective manifestos.

Take a Breath, Britain

Andy Gibson | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Politics
Andy Gibson

I have been avoiding the commentary in the aftermath of last week's UK elections. The crowing triumphalism on one side, and the unfocussed rage on the other, have been too much for my hangover to bear. Take a breath, Britain, and let's think about this properly.

The Future of the Left - A New Narrative

Christopher Bacon | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Politics
Christopher Bacon

The defining feature of the Tory campaign was its insistence that voting for the Labour party would be economically reckless, that the Labour party would overspend and doom the country. It seems that, at the last minute, part of the electorate found those arguments compelling, choosing to elect a Tory majority.

Why Young People Don't Vote

One Young World | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
One Young World

I implore young people in the UK to vote on Thursday 7 May and make their voice heard. I implore young people to use their vote to ensure that political parties use their manifestos to tackle issues that affect young people.

A Heartfelt Plea to People With a Conscience

Ben Stockman | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Politics
Ben Stockman

Thus far, I have remained uncharacteristically quiet about the election. For those that don't know me, in 2010 I created a Rage-Against-the-Machine for #1 style online group designed to support the Liberal Democrats - the party who have always been closest to my own political ideologies and who were the 'underdog' at the time. If we can get Rage to #1, went my thinking, then why not try and use the same methodologies for the election? Could a huge populist movement help to shape an election?

Local Strengths May Surprise Pundits In UK Election

Nicola Horlick | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Politics
Nicola Horlick

There is no better way of trying to gauge what is happening in an election than knocking on some doors and speaking to voters. I spent the bank holiday weekend doing just that...

The Behaviour of Political Leaders Reflects the Social Norms of Their Culture

Nick Clements | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Clements

Our mostly male political contestants are presently locked in a struggle to dominate. In the fight between these figurehead men, full of bluster and bravado, the aim is to become all-powerful. Mention of coalition is dismissed as a sign of weakness.

Election Night TV: Back To The Future On May 7th

Gary Rodger | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Politics
Gary Rodger

As one popularity contest ends, another begins; at 10pm on Thursday, the broadcasters will mount their 2015 general election night programmes. Yet despite the promise of all-new gadgetry, interaction and virtual reality graphics, the most significant aspect of polling night television is how little it has fundamentally altered since the inaugural BBCtv results service in 1950.

Political Parties' Failings Seen in Use of Old and New Media in Election Battle

Vic Davies | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK Politics
Vic Davies

David Cameron, Ed Miliband and all the other party leaders will be jostling for voters' final decisions over the coming week in the lead-up to 7 May but on social media, one of their key communications tools, I feel they've got it all wrong.

General Election Manifestos: What Does the Future Hold for UK Broadband?

Ewan Taylor-Gibson | Posted 30.04.2015 | UK Tech
Ewan Taylor-Gibson

Some people in the furthest reaches of the UK are being left behind in the race for a digital Britain. They are missing out on the advantages that a reliable internet connection brings, such as ability to compare prices on household bills and find cheaper products, combat isolation and access vital services online.

Votes for Animals - Okay?

Joe Duckworth | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK
Joe Duckworth

There's something exciting about seeing people getting passionate about politics, and enthused about animals. On Thursday, I witnessed both those things in equal measure, and it was great!

Why Do Fewer Women Vote?

Adeline Ginn | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK Politics
Adeline Ginn

More than nine million women failed to vote in the last general election, compared to eight million men, research carried out by the House of Commons Library has shown. But why is this? We have found that the reasons behind the gender gap in voting closely relates to the reasons behind the gender gap in business.

Carry On Campaigning: Sexing Up the Election

Marc Paterson | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK Comedy
Marc Paterson

Photo credit: Smabs Sputzer / Source / CC BY Sid James is prowling the streets in a pin-stripe suit and a red rosette, being followed by groups of ...

Why It's Time for Electoral Reform

Ben Moore | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Politics
Ben Moore

In 2010 I properly voted in a General election for the first time. I had put my card in the ballot boxes before, but always spoiled it by writing 'who' or 'none of these people' or something on it.

Extending Right to Buy Is a Monumentally Stupid Idea, and Thinking That Doesn't Make you a Miserable Marxist

Matt Lacey | Posted 16.04.2015 | UK Politics
Matt Lacey

This policy might buy the Conservatives some votes, but at a heavy cost to the country as a whole. If thinking this makes me a dour communist, paint me red and call me Karl.

Joey Essex, David Cameron and the Biggest Threat to UK Business

Gavin Devine | Posted 16.04.2015 | UK Politics
Gavin Devine

With only three weeks to go it is now almost impossible to avoid discussion of the UK General Election. Politicians, pundits and psephologists are everywhere, vying for our attention as they read the runes endlessly and often tediously. The smorgasbord of views, comments and opinions is overwhelming. But from this miasma some inescapable truths are emerging.

Conservatives Are Just Sexing Up Miliband

Mark Flanagan | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Flanagan

Who would have thought it. It seems we had Ed Miliband all wrong. For years we were led to believe he was just that nerdy bloke with the strange voice who looks like the plasticine man from the Wrong Trousers. However it now appears the Labour Leader has clearly being wearing the right trousers in terms of attracting beautiful and successful women.

Would Labour Get Our Broadband Working?

Dave Page | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Tech
Dave Page

Britain needs better broadband. It needs universally adequate broadband, in every city, every town and down every country lane. Broadband is the fourth utility. It is not a luxury, it is a necessity. Just as we need water to come out when we turn on the tap, we need broadband to work when we go online.

Business Rates Reform Should Give Firms of All Sizes a Fair Chance to Grow

Simon Pitkeathley | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Pitkeathley

Regardless of who becomes Prime Minister in four weeks' time, the message to small business is clear - business rates will soon be reformed.

Politicians Be Aware - It's Blindingly Obvious That Animals Matter

Joe Duckworth | Posted 03.04.2015 | UK Politics
Joe Duckworth

At the League Against Cruel Sports, our key focus means that we know a lot about what goes on in the world of animal 'sport', much of it unsavoury, much of it hidden. Our own election manifesto therefore focuses on five issues that are key to reducing the suffering of animals, and we believe that many voters will share our concerns.

What Miliband Didn't Announce Last Friday...

Dan Falvey | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Politics
Dan Falvey

Miliband's announcement on Friday that he would cap profits which private firms make from hospital treatment at 5% and that Labour would end the requirement for all health contracts to be opened up to the NHS certainly sounds like a winning policy.

Politicians Need to Stop Treating Us Like Idiots

Rabah Kherbane | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rabah Kherbane

This is what we have degenerated British political debate into. A festival of unsubstantiated mudslinging and disrespectful campaigning. I would say it is like watching teenagers, but teenagers have evidently proven far more effective.

WE Hold YOU to Account: Why the Broadcasters Need to Send a Clear Message to David Cameron

David Mooney | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK Politics
David Mooney

The situation surrounding Prime Minister David Cameron and the will-he-won't-he with the TV election debates is fairly amusing from the outside, but it provides a huge insight into how politicians actually view the press.

Don't Vote in the General Election - #YOLO

Valdemar Alsop | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK Politics
Valdemar Alsop

I want you to vote whatever your vote might be. Enjoy it. It's yours.