All posts tagged: general elections 2015

#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 …

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.

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.

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 …