At the start of this academic year, the Politics and IR team sat down and thought about why one should study politics in 2019. In a time of crisis in all its forms and shapes – environmental, constituional, humanitarian, economic – each team member wrote their own response to the question yet their answers are univocal: now is exactly the time to study politics! Here’s Part 2!
At the start of this academic year, the Politics and IR team sat down and thought about why one should study politics in 2019. In a time of crisis in all its forms and shapes – environmental, constituional, humanitarian, economic – each team member wrote their own response to the question yet their answers are univocal: now is exactly the time to study politics!
Since coming to power, first as leader of the Conservative Party in the UK, and a day later as Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has tirelessly reconfirmed to the commitment that the UK will leave the European Union (EU) on the 31st of October 2019. His mantra – “Come What May” – has explicitly included the option of a no-deal Brexit. He has assembled a cabinet of Brexiteers, and has announced substantial funding for the preparation of a disorderly departure of the UK from the EU.
The results from last week’s European elections –elections which the UK was not supposed to take part in – are in. Having secured 29 seats, Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party was the clear victor, albeit gains for the Liberal Democrats, Greens, and the SNP were also cause for celebration. The Labour and Conservative parties recorded dismal results, while Change UK failed to secure its anticipated electoral breakthrough. Analysis is ongoing about what these results really mean. Were these results an overwhelming sign that the UK should leave the EU whatever the cost? Or, does the combined support for parties such as the Liberal Democrats, Greens, Plaid and the SNP show the growing appetite for a second referendum?
Spanish politics has featured highly in media headlines over the last few years from the breakthrough of parties such as Podemos and Ciudadanos (Citizens), the failed unilateral declaration of independence by the Catalan government in 2017, to the cascade of corruption accusations and charges that ultimately precipitated the collapse of the conservative PP government in June 2018. The latest general election, however, did not register any signs of voter fatigue. Turnout was over 75%, well above the average recorded in general elections since the Spanish transition to democracy.
From Sarah Lieberman – Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations.
From Maw Stafford (PhD Candidate in Politics)
As we edge closer to ‘Brexit Day,’ Dr Laura Cashman (Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Canterbury Christ Church University) writes about how a feminist analysis can help us to look at the issues from an alternative point of view, where the personal is always political.
From Dr Susan Kenyon, Faculty Director of Learning and Teaching at Canterbury Christ Church University. She has studied transport and travel behaviour since 1998 and has published extensively in the area of transport, accessibility and social exclusion. Dr Kenyon worked at a number of UK Universities and at Transport for London, before working at CCCU. You can find her University profile here.
From Professor David Bates – Professor in Contemporary Political Thought. PSA: His inaugural lecture – ‘The Centre Cannot Hold: Radical Politics Rebooted’ – will be held in the Michael Berry Lecture Theatre, Old Sessions House, Canterbury Christ Church University North Holmes Road Campus, on the 6th February – 5.15pm for a 6.00 pm start.