All posts filed under: GENERAL ELECTIONS 2015

JK Rowling

JK Rowling Battles Twitter Bullies

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has revealed a torrent of Twitter abuse aimed at her after results of the general election saw the Scottish National Party sweep to a landslide victory in Scotland. She wrote: “It isn’t always fun being a famous woman on Twitter and I believe in standing up to bullies.” The millionairess was born in London and has a £4.5m Georgian home in Kensington but has attracted a lot of vitriol since she donated £1m to the ‘No’ campaign during the Scottish independence referendum. Reacting to the abuse the author said her “personal line had been crossed”. @UFOria_ the image of any political party. It isn't always fun being a famous woman on Twitter and I believe in standing up to bullies. — J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 9, 2015 She had also donated £1m to the Labour Party who suffered a wipe-out in Scotland as the SNP won 56 out of 59 seats under the leadership of Nicola Sturgeon. She revealed she had been called a ‘traitor’ for her political views and …

Sir Winston Churchill speaking at Blythe Road, Hammersmith, London, when he made an eve of poll tour to address the crowds on behalf of the Conservatives. Seated in the car is the Conservative candidate Mr A. Fell. Mr Churchill addressed four meetings

#GE2015: Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail

Would the soaring rhetoric of a Winston Churchill have been suited to the political campaign slugfest of the 21st century? For them, no battle-buses, digital and social media gurus or American campaign strategists. Just a trusted open-top wagon with all the passion and oratorical skills they could muster. Fast-forward to 2015 and the UK general elections is shaping up to be the most-covered elections in modern times, thanks to a plethora of media platforms, social media, streaming apps and do-it-yourself broadcasting tools. But perhaps devoid of the human affection and interaction with which a Churchill would have been more familiar. Apart from the traditional voter, modern-day politicians also have to appeal to the millennials who inhabit a digital world exclusively. In the mix are also an array of hyperlocal news sites and irreverent forums where locals vent their spleen. Politicians indeed have their work cut out as they try to spread their message and canvass for votes. And yes, there is no hiding place from the media glare and public scrutiny. Photo opportunities that go awry …

Andrew Bruce & Anna Fox, Margaret Thatcher, Pigment Print, 2015. Copyright Andrew Bruce & Anna Fox, courtesy James Hyman Photography, London

General Elections 2015: Spitting Image to the Rescue

Just when you thought the general election campaign needed a spark, an unseen hand to shake the main players out of their lethargy, up comes some very entertaining ghosts from the past. Those latex puppets that got 15m viewers glued to the television sets in the 80s and 90s are back again for a cameo role in a lacklustre election campaign devoid of characters, candour and colour.

A demonstrator from the Occupy Wall Street campaign stands with a dollar taped over his mouth in Zucotti Park near the financial district of New York

David Graeber: UK in a Globalised World

The man who coined the rallying cry for the Occupy Wall Street movement, “We are the 99%”, David Graeber, American anthropologist, activist, author and teacher at the London School of Economics, leads the discussion on how a globalised world affects UK democracy from Notting Hill’s Book and Kitchen as part of our General Elections coverage. *Please post your comments below the live commentary in the comments section below.

Big issue: Toynbee has led a debate on Cameron's legacy as voters go to the polls

Polly Toynbee Debates Inequality

Guardian columnist and social commentator Polly Toynbee together with David Walker have examined policies of the coalition government and led writers, polemicists and west London residents to debate the scourge of inequality under the Tory-led coalition in a session titled: How the Tories took Britain to the Brink. Follow our live coverage from Notting Hill’s Book and Kitchen and contribute your comments, arguments and observations to the discourse. What are the effects of an unequal society? Post your comments on our live blog (below) from 18:30hrs on Wednesday 15 April 2015. [*Below is unedited live commentary from the event. Comments can still be posted at the end]

FAQs: UK General Elections 2015

The United Kingdom general elections will be held on Thursday 7 May 2015 from 07:00hrs to 22:00hrs BST. Below is a background guide to the prime ministerial contenders, main political parties, and general electoral procedures. End of Fixed-Term Parliament and Short Campaign Begins Parliament was dissolved on 31 March thus marking the end of the coalition government and parliamentarians who ran the country from 2010 to 2015. It also marked the official beginning of  the short campaign to canvass for votes. Read more: #GE2015: Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail #GE2015: How to Survive the Elections UK Parliament The United Kingdom parliament also known as Westminster has 650 seats up for grabs and all the major parties pour huge resources into electioneering campaigns to secure victory. The party or coalition of parties that wins 326 seats in a first-past-the-post system is called to form the government by her Majesty the Queen. To be declared a member of parliament, a candidate simply has to win more votes than an opponent, not a majority of the …

Cardboard cut-out figures of Ed Miliband and David Cameron

Hell Yeah, Paxo Meets his Macho Man

The first salvo in the race for Downing Street has been fired. At Sky’s shiny HQ in the west London suburb of Osterley. The opening sequence featured some light callisthenics displaying the colours of the two main political parties, a copter camera whirred above, the spin room was packed to the rafters with political heavyweights spinning for their candidates. In the blue corner was incumbent PM David Cameron and his nemesis Labour’s Ed Miliband, and the big dragon they had to slay across the very, very large coffee table, Jeremy Paxman who has left the careers of many politicos in tatters. So you must forgive Ed for opting to take this bitter pill later and preferring to meet the audience first. Meanwhile Cameron decided to rush in and was felled by staccato Paxo upper cuts, “How many food banks do we have?” Can you live on a zero-hours contract?” Cameron’s mouthguard seemed to have been knocked out of place as he spluttered, “No, I can’t live on a zero-hours contract.” Ah, shuffles forward Ed Miliband …