Tag Archives: Coalition

August is the month for writing….

It used to be the case that the summer vacation provided two or three months for serious writing.  Nowadays, because the House of Lords tends to sit until late July and the academic year starts in September (with plenty of … Continue reading

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Analysing Conservative fortunes

In my speech yesterday at the conference on Conservatives and Conservatism – the conference finished this morning – I discussed the variables responsible for Conservative success in the 20th Century and utilised them for assessing the current position of the Conservative … Continue reading

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Coalition cohesion

I was at the University of Leeds on Monday, to give a paper on ‘Coalition cohesion’, at a conference on Cameron and the Conservatives: The Transition to Coalition Government.  With the creation  of a coalition, there are two dimensions to … Continue reading

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Talking of the politics of coalition

The Guardian article mentioning my chapter on the ‘Politics of Coalition’ appeared on Friday morning.  The same day we held a Politics Department sixth-form conference for schools from Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.  It is an annual event – this is the … Continue reading

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Bad call

I normally return to Hull on Thursday evenings – I usually have academic commitments in Hull on Friday – and last night decided to follow my usual practice.  Travelling by train did not prove a problem: Hull Trains no longer … Continue reading

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It’s all new…

I am variously invited to comment on how the coalition is operating.  In the context of Parliament, it is a little early to say.  We are in a unique situation.  We have had coalition governments before (most recently 1940-45), we … Continue reading

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Coalition forming

I have noticed that the Parliament Channel has variously repeated the seminar held in June on the lessons to be learned from past coalitions in British history.  Three eminent historians spoke about previous coalitions.  I chaired, though as I was … Continue reading

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A century of constitutional change

I am still on the continent – I return to Hull late tomorrow.  The value of travelling by train is that I am able to get on with a mass of work.  I have been using some of the train … Continue reading

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Interesting times

We live in fascinating – and fast-moving – times.  There are a lot of analyses to be undertaken of the events of the past twenty-four hours.  There is also a lot to be worked out.  It will be interesting to … Continue reading

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