Theresa May

Theresa May’s fragile foundation

It was rather a surreal experience watching the BBC’s election night analytics and opinion show on the BBC News Channel on Thursday June 8, from shortly after the closing of the poll at 10pm (I lasted until about 1am on Friday morning). It was the exit poll – a joint effort by the BBC, ITV and Sky News – that set the scene for a night of traumatic change for the ruling Conservative party led by Theresa May, and qualified

The EU referendum was a political gamble that didn’t pay off: what’s next?

It’s been a tumultuous few days since polling stations closed at 10pm on Thursday June 23 and the UK awoke on the morning of Friday June 24 to the news that the result of the national referendum on whether this country would remain a member of the European Union or not turned out to be not. I am very sad at this result – one that took many people by surprise, me included – as I believe that our future

A clear case for ‘Remain’ in the EU referendum vote

The simple cartoon above by Will Dawburn sums up many people’s feelings about political campaigning on the EU Referendum that we’ll be voting on in four days’ time, on Thursday June 23. For me, most communication by the Stronger In and Vote Leave campaigns, by other campaigners, by (a biased) mainstream media, by many politicians, by individuals with strong opinions across the social web, has been characterized by ugliness, lack of thought-leadership, relentless doses of FUD, half-arsed publicity stunts, and

How you communicate is as important as what you communicate

One of the foundational aspects of effective communication I’ve always believed in is to do with how you present your message to your intended audience. You may have a terrific story to tell but if you can’t attract attention to gain interest that leads to your desired action, you’ve most probably wasted your time and opportunity. It’s a lesson most communicators, marketers and advertisers learned a long time ago. It’s a lesson clearly grasped by Spanish left-wing political party Podemos

Identity inconvenience to the fore in 2016

The topic of identity ought to be front of mind for most of us at the moment following the horrific Paris attacks last week. The ability of the terrorists to freely move around France and to and from Belgium and elsewhere in the European Union highlights the flip side of the convenience and freedoms we’re accustomed to today in a union of countries with largely open borders between the states within the Union. In reality, if you are in a

Fixing a polling system that’s out of sync

Reading the various reports, narratives and commentaries this weekend about the results of the UK general election that took place on May 7, the overall perspective I’ve formed on all of that is how could the expert commentators, opinion-formers and outcome-predictors have got it all so wrong? The election result produced a clear win for the Conservatives with a slender majority in the House of Commons (12 seats), and the virtual annihilation of the primary opposition political parties – the

Magna Carta: The foundation of modern democracy

Some places you visit give you a palpable feeling of the event or events they mark or commemorate. You can literally breathe in and feel what it was like at the time it happened. That certainly was my experience on a visit to Runnymede on October 31, from the moment we drove into the car park past The National Trust sign stating that we had arrived at “The birthplace of modern democracy.” This place, in between Windsor and Staines in

Time to create engaged voters

The referendum on independence that the voters of Scotland participated in on September 18 was a close result. But the nays had it in the end by a ten percent margin. What struck me most about this referendum was the voter turnout – almost 85 percent of the 4.2 million Scots registered to vote actually did vote. I’ve seen it reported that this was the highest voter turnout in any election of any type in the United Kingdom since 1918,

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