The Death of Reason: Why Twitter and Facebook are killing politics

I remember having a conversation with an ex many years ago about how our music tastes were starting to diverge. Having once listened to largely the same crop of artists, YouTube, we concluded, was the cause of our differing paths. At the time, the video network was just beginning to push recommendations based on your… Read More

Referendum Woes: How Labour and the Tories have conspired to throw the UK into the abyss

In just a couple of days, the UK will vote to leave the EU. That’s how things appear as I sit here typing now, ironically enough in a chain coffee shop staffed by baristas with accents of all kinds, European and otherwise. Polls are unreliable, but there’s a definite tone to the conversation I’m seeing… Read More

Election Aftermath: London protests could set the fight for a fair voting system back decades

At the 2005 general election, the Liberal Democrats reached a high watermark. With election after election having failed to deliver the much promised ‘breakthrough’ for the country’s then third party, Charles Kennedy’s Lib Dems had cracked it, jumping to a total of 62 parliamentary seats when, fewer than a decade earlier, they’d been stuck around the… Read More

Labour and the Conservatives: Welcome to the era of the Politics of Nothing

There’s an episode of South Park called Douche and Turd that people like to cite when elections roll into town, but never has it seemed more applicable in a UK sense than it does in 2015. For those of you who haven’t seen it, the episode questions the point of voting when all the candidates… Read More