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Vote for party based on when you want the next general election

Good golly, on Thursday 12th December, the UK has to endure yet another general election. When I started this blog shortly after the 2010 election, I could never have anticipated sitting here, analysing our fourth general election this decade. Has the British political scene ever been this turbulent, to ever want the face of Westminster change as often it is today? Yes, actually.

You don't have to look far back to see British politics divided enough for there to be four general elections in the space of ten years. The 1970s saw Edward Heath win the election for the Conservatives in 1970, then in February 1974, Labour formed a minority government under Harold Wilson, and gained ground when the country went to the polls just eight months later. The final election of that decade saw Margaret Thatcher grab the keys to 10 Downing Street, where she stayed for 11 years. We also had four elections in one decade in the 1920s and 50s, and we even had a staggering five general elections in …
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Trump impeachment won't guarantee Democrats the keys to White House

I want to talk about the election. No, not that one. That one will wait for another week or two for my analysis, literally. Believe it or not, we are almost exactly a year away until the US general election, and it's set to be as much of a blockbuster as we saw in 2016.

Donald Trump has been the President of the United States for almost three now and his tenure at the White House is as eventful as the thrill seekers were hoping. It's almost refreshing to see someone vying for ultimate leadership be consistent before and after an election. Whether it is his outrageous tweeting, the surprise sacking of close associates - most recently his National Security Advisor, John Bolton was the latest victim - or saying absolutely anything that would make him feel better, such as taking credit for the death of Islamic State's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi; we've seen these from him from the time he became a household name. And anything he does, you'll guarantee the same reactio…

Boris versus Tory Rebels - the biggest non-clash of the decade

Many like to believe that the Labour Party is a 'broad church' with there being a clear 'left wing' and 'right wing' of the organisation, using Jeremy Corbyn and Tony Blair as primary examples of this. However, when I hear this, I often want to challenge that opinion as I believe they are more similar than they care to admit. If you're using the two men in question, for example, both ran for MP and joined Labour during the rise of Margaret Thatcher, when the party appeared 'too left' to vote for. They're just too stubborn to admit they're as 'left wing' or 'right wing' as each other.

With a general election just around the corner, if you believe in the political rumour mill, Labour seem to have calmed the storm. The atmosphere in the Party reminds me of 2017 when suddenly, those sceptical of Corbyn found themselves supporting his leadership's manifesto and toning down their criticism. Whether this is largely down to Corb…

Lib Dems need a no deal Brexit to stay relevant

If there's one political party that's been through one helluva journey this decade, you wouldn't look much further than the Liberal Democrats. Rewind to 2010, they were the party to vote for. The UK had a Labour government for thirteen years previous and you could tell the nation sought change. By that point, Labour had been battered and bruised thanks to controversies around the Iraq War and the global economic crash. So many loyal Labour voters wanted a route away from the party in red and some saw the Lib Dems as a suitable choice.

But the election outcome over nine years ago was unexpected. Labour lost votes, but the Lib Dems didn't get the electoral breakthrough political commentators were expecting. At the same time, the Conservatives didn't get enough votes to lead a government. When a hung parliament was confirmed, many Labour ministers and voters, including a 19-year-old me, showed complacency and thought Labour and the Lib Dems would join form a coalitio…

Bury's collapse hosts Brexit warning for government

Football fans, myself included, have found ourselves in mourning in recent days, of the demise of Bury Football Club. The League One side was founded in 1885, being one of the oldest clubs in the country. It boasts more than two decades of top flight football, and they won the FA Cup on two occasions. Only four months ago, they celebrated promotion from League Two, after one year of asking, having been relegated the season previous. However, financial turmoil stifled progress. Wages were not being paid to staff, and their best players moved on as a result. And whilst having an owner who was too reluctant to sell at the time where it mattered most, this resulted in the club eventually be expelled from the division they fought so hard to get to.

The EFL, who manages and governs the Championship, League One and Two divisions, gave Bury enough warnings to sort their act and run the club as a profitable business. Match after match was suspended, deadlines were extended on several occasion…

My life with the 'Million Pound Shoplifter' - and how we can help society as a result

It is very rare for me to talk about my work publicly. Very rarely I would openly reveal anything about it on my blog, which will always hold my personal views on political and cultural affairs. But only on this occasion I will talk about an element of my professional life, and so here it goes.

I'll start by telling you a story. In February 2016, I was introduced, by a trusted associate of mine, to a woman called Kim Farry. My associate, who was Kim's agent at the time, briefed me on her client and said she needed help trying to improve her profile. A year previous, Kim was the subject of a documentary on Channel 5 as the 'Million Pound Shoplifter, living off the state', and had since sought ways to improve her life after the intense recognition this programme gave her at the time. As a public relations professional who likes a challenge, I agreed to meet with Kim and see what the hype was about.

Admittedly, I had never heard of Kim at this point and never really paid…

Being cautious when comparing current politicians to the darker days

Donald Trump is taking the United States back to the 1930s. Boris Johnson is just like Donald Trump, who is taking the United States back to the 1930s, so therefore Britain is heading back to that decade too. By electing Jeremy Corbyn as UK's Prime Minister, the country will rewind to the 1970s. Vladimir Putin is bringing Russia back to the Stalin era.

The list of claims that certain divisive politicians and governments are guiding their countries to the past is ever increasing. Commentators and newspaper editors alike are finding it easy to claw back a handful of bad things that happened at a certain era and compare it to the present day, making the public a little uneasy in the process. This is happening regardless of where in the political spectrum these so-called experts see themselves in, smearing their apparent opponents to win political brownie points.

Of course, comparing powerful figures with a decade which many endured, isn't a new thing. Ed Miliband, when he was La…