Voters

Jeremy Corbyn, Brand Strategist?

Gavin Devine | Posted 21.08.2015 | UK
Gavin Devine

Like it or not, political parties are brands - just try Googling 'political parties as brands' to see how many people have 'proved' this. Politicians have to stand out in a crowded and noisy marketplace, just like other brands. So why does the undifferentiated - or, to be fair, the less differentiated - middle work for them in a way that doesn't apply to consumer goods? What sets politics apart?

Election Response - What's Next for Digital Democracy?

Matt Chocqueel-Mangan | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Politics
Matt Chocqueel-Mangan

After an election there is often a period of reflection. I hope our politicians will see this as an opportunity to learn the lessons of the past 5 years, and the last 5 weeks, to build a better future for us all. As someone committed to improving our democracy, so will I.

Passionate Election Apathy

Helen Sharpe | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Politics
Helen Sharpe

Last week a Tory council candidate disparagingly referred to Ed Miliband as 'the Jew', a UKIP MP referred to gay people as A** bandits and the prospect of Boris Johnson running the country was actually being seriously discussed. This week is election week and it is fair to say my loss of faith in the political system is at its highest.

Time Has Run Out in the Battle to Swing Britain's 'Digital Election'

Dominic Trigg | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Politics
Dominic Trigg

With 194 marginal seats in the UK, needing only a 5% change in behaviour for them to switch allegiance, the party that has utilised effective online marketing campaigns targeted at voters in these constituencies could have helped provide a deciding factor in these last couple of weeks of the campaign.

Here Come the Greens...

Zahid Ayden | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Politics
Zahid Ayden

On Monday, the Green Party unveiled their new campaign poster in Westminster, boasting a rich, emerald green where the MP of Brighton Pavillion Caroline Lucas and party leader Natalie Bennett stand, both with beaming smiles and the tagline: What are you afraid of boys? - I like it...

Democracy Reborn- Solving Disengagement

Bradley Allsop | Posted 18.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

The reason people are disillusioned with politics is because it no longer affords people the level of control they seek- our hunger for change has outgrown the systems flexibility for it. Our democracy has grown complacent and stale, and we must act to breathe life into it once more

18 Months to Go: Meet the 2015 Electoral Battleground

Laurence Stellings | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Laurence Stellings

Every election campaign targets particular types of voters and some come to be defined by swing groups: Mondeo Man, Worcester Woman, Soccer Moms. Indeed, the political lexicon is awash with such groups "hard-working families", "the squeezed middle, "strivers" and "alarm-clock Britain" amongst others. As we hit the 18 month mark to the 2015 General Election there is, naturally, increasing interest in this electoral battleground...

Poll: Three In Five Voters Back Gay Marriage

The Guardian | Posted 31.01.2013 | UK Politics

More than three in five voters support David Cameron's wish to introduce gay marriage, according to a poll conducted for the Guardian. The strong back...

Why the US Presidential Election Result Will Upset You - Whoever Wins

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 06.01.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Raj Persaud

The latest psychological research suggests the protracted campaign, adversarial debates, plotted strategy, choice of running mates, elaborately groomed wives, and carefully schemed policies, have a lot less to do with the final result, than the politicians or the media pundits, would have you believe.

Sir Ian Blair Encourages People Not To Turnout For Crime Commissioner Vote

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.10.2012 | UK

Former Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Ian Blair has encouraged people not to vote for police and crime commissioners next month, in a bid to sto...

How Voters Divide Over Plan B

Peter Kellner | Posted 29.09.2012 | UK Politics
Peter Kellner

The news for George Osborne continues to get worse. YouGov's latest survey for the Sunday Times was conducted following the news that Britain's economy contracted by 0.7% in the second quarter of this year - a worse figure than most economists had predicted. Even if, as I suggested last week, the final revised figures are not as bad as this, the pressure for the time being on the Chancellor is growing more intense.

Judging by What It Says, This Government Probably Hates You

George Chesterton | Posted 27.08.2012 | UK Politics
George Chesterton

The policy pronouncements and the language used to make them do not merely demonstrate contempt for nurses or teachers or the unemployed - they demonstrate contempt for almost every voter in the country (including most of the people who supported coalition parties at the last election).

Why Should We Give Prisoners the Vote?

Ellie Dawes | Posted 23.07.2012 | UK Politics
Ellie Dawes

Quite a few people who I like and respect have spoken to me recently saying something along the lines of 'Can you believe they are telling us we should give prisoners the vote? Why the hell should prisoners have the vote?'

People Are 'Suspicious And Despairing' Of The Political System

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.07.2012 | UK Politics

Commons Speaker John Bercow delivered a stinging verdict on the coalition in an interview for Sky News, suggesting that the reason why the local elect...

Is Bland Careerism Killing Politics?

Mags Waterhouse | Posted 10.06.2012 | UK Politics
Mags Waterhouse

Labour lost 16 million votes in the 2010 general election. There are local elections in just under one month's time. This is Labour's opportunity to show people that we are on their side, that we share their struggles and their fears. Too many people feel ignored by the political class.

Individual Electoral Registration: the Battle to Prevent the Missing Millions

Katie Ghose | Posted 04.01.2012 | UK Politics
Katie Ghose

If voting becomes a minority pastime, our representatives' legitimacy plummets further and we lose all confidence that decisions are made with anything approaching a national mandate.

Grouping Together all Women as Mothers will Generate Anger, not Votes

Natasha Clark | Posted 25.11.2011 | UK Politics
Natasha Clark

Last week, The Guardian revealed details of a leaked memo which contained information of future Government plans to "win back female voters". As a woman with an interest for politics, I'm all ears.

Poll Shows Voters Abandoning The LibDems, Labour Gains Ground

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 17.11.2011 | UK Politics

Less than half (47 per cent) of the people that voted for the Liberal Democrats in 2010 would vote for the party today, according to a Sunday Mirror/I...