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Swiftian Hung Parliament

Swiftian Hung Parliament

Hung Parliament in the Republic looking very much on the cards following the election yesterday. In a delicious Swiftian absurdist moment when I first read that headline I envisaged a large line of wooden scaffolds being built in Parnell square for a public execution of the entire Irish political class led out by an Enda Kenny shivering in fear. 228 more words

2015 Turkish General Election Results

So last week Turkey went to the polls and elected the first hung parliament since 1999 in a shock upset for the ruling AK Party and President Erdoğan’s hopes of increasing his powers.   637 more words

Election Result

Tory Majority leaves Newcastle Utd without a new manager

Much to the frustration of voters and Alan Shearer, the General Election has failed to resolve the problems of the ailing Premiership club. No one Political Party wants to take on the sole responsibility, or ‘poisoned chalice’, that is managing Newcastle; with the Derby County boss (Steve McClaren) already ruling himself out of leading the Lib Dems. 212 more words


UK General Election 2015: Did Pollsters Get it Wrong?

Well, well, well. You didn’t see that coming.

Before the UK General Election last Thursday, every pollster predicted a hung parliament, with the Conservatives and Labour predicted to win roughly equal numbers of seats. 347 more words

Once the election results are in, how do we decide who forms the government?

Robert Hazell summarises the process of government formation that will begin tomorrow.

By Friday morning we should know most of the election results. Assuming the polls are proved correct, with Labour and the Conservatives each having around 270 to 280 seats, and both well short of a majority, what happens next? 902 more words


Election Day

I went to the polling station this morning and voted Labour, something I did with an unexpected degree of pride and relish. I don’t trust the polls but it’s hard not to get excited that Labour are at least neck-and-neck on all of the latest figures, both in seats and share of votes. 489 more words

Election Deadlock

No more opinion polls are allowed now the election is under way but every single poll in the last 24 hours has the Labour and Conservative parties tied. 145 more words