Manchester Policy Blogs: British politics
Providing expert analysis and commentary on current political debates.
Communicating with the electorate: Are politicians in or out of touch?
22 May 2017
As the 2017 General Election candidates – many of whom are standing for this first time – intensify their campaigns for election, Rosalynd Southern and Kingsley Purdam explain the importance of effective communication with the electorate for building political support. Communication skills and an ability to connect with the electorate are key attributes for politicians […]
Could young people show a new way for politics?
17 May 2017
Since the general election was called, there has been an upturn in voter registration amongst the under 25s. Many young people, however, have still not registered and they are considered less likely to vote than older people. But this by no means tells the whole story. Young people are starting to seek new, bolder ways […]
A National Education Service could restore the opportunity of education
15 May 2017
Liam Shields, Lecturer in Political Theory at The University of Manchester examines the Labour Party’s manifesto promise to establish a life-long National Education Service which could enhance equality of opportunity throughout the UK. This policy has many parallels with the NHS and the emphasis on opportunities for educational enrichment beyond “school-age” is striking. By including […]
Overcoming ethnic prejudice: how a positive trend could be threatened
12 May 2017
An important indicator of a breakdown of barriers between different ethnic groups is accepting someone of a different ethnic background marrying into the family. Much research into attitudes looks at the views of the majority ethnic group separately to those of the minorities. In a break from this tradition, researchers from the University of Manchester […]
The UK must improve water management in the face of droughts
11 May 2017
As the threat of drought rises in the UK, Claire Hoolohan Research Associate at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, considers how we might change the way society uses water. The UK is braced for drought, and though weather is part of drought, so is the amount of water used by people going about […]