Farage Wins Round Two

Peter Kellner | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Kellner

Nigel Farage won his second television debate with Nick Clegg by an even larger margin than last week. Fully 68% said the UKIP leader ‘performed better overall’, up from 57% after the first debate, while Clegg’s rating slipped from 36% to 27%...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Osborne Hides Behind Shapps

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Sunday 23 March 2014... 1) OSBORNE HIDES BEHIND SHAPPS Well, well, well. It wasn't Grant, it was Ge...

Tony Benn's Finest Speech

Peter Kellner | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Kellner

A few years ago, when I was compiling an anthology, modestly entitled Democracy (published by Mainstream and also available as an e-book, since you ask) I wanted to include something from Benn's battle to renounce his peerage. Ever generous, he gave me a copy of the speech he was not allowed to deliver, and which had never been published... This is what Tony Benn wanted to say.

Voters Don't Care If MPs Did Drugs Or Posed Nude, But Attending Eton Is A Problem

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Politics

Voters find politicians who went to Eton to be more unsuited to power than those who were part of a far-right or communist party in their youth, did d...

Sex, Drugs, Money and Old School Ties - Which Bits of MPs' Lives Really Matter?

Peter Kellner | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Kellner

One of the bugbears of being a politician is the risk that a controversy might erupt at any time about things that have little or no direct connection with their day-to-day work. Recently David Cameron has been criticised for surrounding himself with alumni of his own school, Eton, who (so the charge runs) cannot understand the day-to-day lives of normal people. Other stories down the years have concerned politicians' finances, sexual affairs, family connections and youthful indiscretions. What really irritates voters? YouGov set out to find out in a survey...

Scottish Voters Oppose Independence by 60%-40%

Peter Kellner | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Kellner

I bring important news from Scotland. Nothing much is changing. I realise this will disappoint those people, journalists in particular, for whom stability is boring, bereft of news value and therefore to be ignored. In this case, however, I believe the stability in Scottish views of independence tells us something significant: that most voters have made up their minds.

Teachers Cannot Be Expected to Perform to Their Best Under Continual Attack and Criticism

Christine Blower | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Politics
Christine Blower

Teachers work some of the longest hours of any profession with many working 50-60 hours a week. Our work is essential, our pay is not high, our pensions not gold-plated and we cannot be expected to work more hours than we already do. There comes a point when it is impossible to ignore what is happening.

Tuned In or Turned Off? Public Attitudes to PMQs

Ruth Fox | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Politics
Ruth Fox

In principle, the public recognise that PMQs is an important part of the democratic process because of the opportunity to hold the government to account. But PMQs in practice alienates, angers and frustrates...

What London Stereotype Are You?

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Dirty and arty, posh and intellectual, trendy and pretentious, suburban and dull, this is the tale of the four cities that make up London. Whether ...

It's Time for Real Action on Energy Bills

David Hall | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Politics
David Hall

After Ed Miliband's price freeze plan took the party conference season by storm, energy was rarely out of the headlines in the final months of 2013. The most recent twist came last week, with uSwitch showing that bill payers are £53 a year worse off today than in January 2013, despite high profile action from government aimed at countering price rises.

Why the UK Needs to Harness the Homeworking Revolution

Stephanie Wilson | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK
Stephanie Wilson

Sectors that require seasonal working such travel and leisure can also harness the benefits of homeworking. This has happened in the United States, where students, in particular, have embraced homeworking in the summer and Christmas holiday period. We certainly feel Europe and the UK in particular has yet to benefit fully from drawing on these additional resources.

Britain's Savings Go to Holidays, Not Houses Study Says

Judith Lewis | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Judith Lewis

We save for retirement, we work hard to try and live frugally and we are careful so I was surprised to see that most Brits save for a holiday and not things like a repair fund (speaks the voice of experience).

Do You Agree With This Poll on the Economy?

William Bancroft | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
William Bancroft

Some interesting poll results have just been released, investigating what the British public think about our economy and the ways to fix it. The poll, by YouGov for the Centre for Labour and Social Studies, strongly suggests we're giving up on capitalism and want the state to run more of the economy.

Conferences? What Conferences?

Peter Kellner | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Kellner

Normal service has resumed. Parliament is back; for all bar a small, obsessive minority, memories of the party conferences have faded. As usual, they provided polling as well as political dramas...

Labour's Limited Appeal to Trade Union Members

Peter Kellner | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Politics
Peter Kellner

Most members of trade unions affiliated to the Labour Party would NOT vote Labour if a general election were held this week, according to a YouGov analysis taken on the eve of Ed Miliband's speech to the Trades Union Congress.

Ed Miliband Polls: We're Being Played

Bonnie Greer | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK Politics
Bonnie Greer

Why is all this "play the man not the ball" stuff rolling out from Tory HQ and their friends in the press? It's to divert us from the really big political story: that the Tory Party is in deep trouble. Their famed grassroots operation is shrivelling up. The foot soldiers are defecting to Ukip in their droves.

Which Party's Supporters Are Most In Favour Of The 'Racist Van'?

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 14.08.2013 | UK Politics

Advertising watchdog launches probe into 'racist van' Support for the Home Office's controversial 'go home' vans is on the rise, a new poll has fou...

The Public Tells the Press Bosses: Do What Leveson Proposed

Professor Brian Cathcart | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK Politics
Professor Brian Cathcart

The country simply does not trust the press to handle complaints fairly or uphold journalistic standards effectively, without the independent checks proposed by Lord Justice Leveson. It wants to see, at the very least, a future press self-regulator undergoing regular inspections by an external body to ensure it meets basic standards of independence and effectiveness.

Are Labour and the Tories Really Level-Pegging?

Peter Kellner | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK Politics
Peter Kellner

ICM's latest poll for the Guardian is so striking that it deserves attention. Every poll by every company since the spring of last year has shown Labour in the lead. Suddenly ICM says that lead has disappeared. It now puts Labour and the Conservatives neck-and-neck, with 36% each. Can this be true?

Labour Would Be Hammered By Constitutional Change

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 10.07.2013 | UK Politics

Revolutionary changes to the way MPs vote on laws would cause chaos in Parliament and be a huge blow for the Labour Party, critics warn. Proposals ...

Conservative Member Survey Paints a Rather Gloomy Picture for Cameron

Anthony Wells | Posted 07.09.2013 | UK Politics
Anthony Wells

It would be easy to imagine that political party members would by definition be supporters of the party leadership, the most devoted and enthusiastic of anyone in the country. This is not necessarily the case, especially since winning elections normally requires a party leader to reach out beyond his or her party's natural support... Sometimes the relationship between party leaders and their party membership can be a fractious one.

Poll Reveals How Many Tories Would Consider Voting Ukip

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK Politics

Almost a fifth of Conservative Party members are considering voting for the UK Independence Party (Ukip), a new poll suggests. And more than half d...

Support For Tories Doubles Amongst Young People

Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.06.2013 | UK Politics

The Conservative party have seen a surge in support from young people under the leadership of David Cameron, in part due to their unrelenting pursuit ...

What Do Communities Really Think About CSR?

Jonathan Welsh | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK
Jonathan Welsh

So can private companies play a positive role in communities? Half of people polled believe a company can improve its national image through positive work locally, yet 37% think such work is just a stunt to receive good PR.

Electronic 'Snooping': 42% Back Police and Security Agencies Breaking the Law

Peter Kellner | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK Politics
Peter Kellner

These are early days in an argument that may well rumble on for months, even years. Indeed, the trade-off between security-driven rules and individual liberty will, and should, be something that we never stop debating. What this poll suggests is that neither side has a clear lead.