Archive for May, 2016

A guide to making up your mind in the referendum on EU membership

A guide to making up your mind in the referendum on EU membership

Andrew Glencross and Paul Cairney give some advice on how to wade through all the information on ‘Brexit’ to make an informed choice. Andrew offers a more thorough discussion in Remain or Leave? A MOOC on the UK Referendum on EU Membership.

The Scottish Conservatives did well because of their campaign, their Leader, and Scottish Labour’s unpopularity

The Scottish Conservatives did well because of their campaign, their Leader, and Scottish Labour’s unpopularity

Last week, the Conservatives have overtook Labour to become the main opposition party in Scottish politics. Alia Middleton considers the factors that worked in their favour, including new leadership and a distinctive campaign, but also writes there is a possibility that their success does not reflect a major shift in Scottish politics at all.

Bland, predictable, and unrealistically positive: the Twitter use of candidates during the Scottish Parliament election

Bland, predictable, and unrealistically positive: the Twitter use of candidates during the Scottish Parliament election

Graeme Baxter, Flora Barton and Caroline Hood give their initial impressions of how the parties and candidates used social media during the 2016 Scottish Parliament election campaign.

Scottish election 2016: disaster for Labour, reality check for the SNP – and the Tories are back

Scottish election 2016: disaster for Labour, reality check for the SNP – and the Tories are back

Craig McAngus offers an overview of the fallout of yesterday’s Scottish Parliamentary Elections, which saw the SNP fall short of a majority and a surprisingly strong Conservative revival.

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Missing out on the majority puts a dampener on recent success. Credit: Ewan McIntosh CC BY-NC 2.0

In Scotland, Wales and the London Assembly elections every voter has TWO choices. Here’s how to use both votes well

In Scotland, Wales and the London Assembly elections every voter has TWO choices. Here’s how to use both votes well

Voters are used to a two-vote electoral system for the Edinburgh Parliament, and the Assemblies in Cardiff and London. But how these systems operate changes a bit every time, with changing party fortunes. And this year some politicians (especially in Scotland) are advising voters to do things that may ‘waste’ one of their votes. Wherever you stand politically, Professor Patrick Dunleavy explains how to use both your votes so as to achieve more of what you want.

Scottish Parliament Election preview: Labour’s setting sun in the West

Scottish Parliament Election preview: Labour’s setting sun in the West

The West of Scotland is, in common with the rest of the country, a region where Labour has lost seats at a considerable rate, with 2016 likely to continue the trend. Here, Murray Leith rounds off Democratic Audit’s Scottish Parliament election previews, suggesting that Labour’s sun is setting in the West.