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Alice in Wonderland, or more on the Fixed-term Parliaments Act

As readers will be well aware, I have done various posts on the consequences of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act, including one at the beginning of the month.  In 2017, some thought the ease with which Theresa May gained a two-thirds … Continue reading

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Yet more on the Fixed-term Parliaments Act…

The Fixed-term Parliaments Act is again centre stage.  As regular readers know, this is an Act that has been the subject of several posts, usually for the purpose of correcting misunderstandings about its provisions. I gave evidence to the House … Continue reading

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The unclubbable Prime Minister

In my earlier post on the importance of informal space in Parliament, I noted that, ‘as the examples of Edward Heath and Margaret Thatcher demonstrate, party leaders cannot afford to neglect informal space.  Theresa May is not a natural when … Continue reading

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What goes on behind the scenes…

In an earlier post, I drew attention to my article in Parliamentary Affairs on the importance of informal space in legislatures – places where members gather informally (dining and tea rooms, division lobbies, corridors) and in which discussion between MPs … Continue reading

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Conservative leaders and Europe

I have seen various report claiming that the issue of European integration has been responsible for bringing down Conservative Prime Ministers from Edward Heath onwards – and at least one also suggesting it brought down Harold Macmillan.  European integration has … Continue reading

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‘Challenging’ for the leadership…

I have made the point previously that rules and structures are not neutral in their effect.  Utilising one set of rules can result in a different outcome than if another set is employed.  In a previous post, I observed that … Continue reading

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Christmas caption competition

At the conclusion of the PSA Awards ceremony last week, I was chatting to former Home Secretary David Blunkett – we were at university together and variously get together in support of campaigns (as on citizenship education and the future of … Continue reading

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