There are definitely things the UK Liberal Democrats could and should learn from Emmanuel Macron’s success in France. … Read the full post »
Read about the 1983 general election in which incumbent Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Conservative) won a landslide over both the Labour Party (led by Michael Foot) and the Alliance between the Liberals and SDP (led by David Steel and Roy Jenkins). The Alliance nearly won as many votes as Labour, but won far fewer seats.
It is not hard to imagine the opening words of Peter Kellner’s chapter on 1983 being pressed into service with barely an edit for other elections. … Read the full post »
The Alliance problem in 1983 is still a problem for the Liberal Democrats today. … Read the full post »
During the 1983 general election, the Conservatives pulled of a successful media stunt by purchasing several thousand copies of… … Read the full post »
The BBC had been pressing for political broadcasts to be used during the 1950 election, but initially met hostility from politicians. The very first political broadcast, either PEB or PPB, was eventually seen on 15 October 1951. … Read the full post »