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The UKIP Insurgency NEW
Politics @ Surrey 2 Days, 19 Hours, 34 Minutes ago
On Thursday last week I wrote a piece here about why I thought the UKIP annual conference might be a turning point. Gawain Towler, the party’s press officer, tweeted that this was ‘interesting’: obviously, he knew more about ho...
UKIP’s Indian summer? NEW
Politics @ Surrey 6 Days, 19 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
It’s conference session again and so a useful time to gauge where parties are at with their positions on the EU. Labour’s leadership largely avoided the issue, mainly because of the continuing pressure from various factions to press for a...
The Contingency of Political Life NEW
Politics @ Surrey 1 Week, 6 Days, 19 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
Today feels like a day for taking a long view. As Scotland votes, so we sit about, waiting to see what happens. For me, the experience is a salutary one, since it makes me think about how contingent political life can be. Of course, I should be...
What impact would Scottish independence have on a Brexit referendum? NEW
Politics @ Surrey 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 19 Hours, 34 Minutes ago
As we roll into the final week of the Scottish independence referendum campaign, things look to be closer than many (including myself) had anticipated: even if a No vote looks more likely than not, the success of the Yes campaign in mobilising and mo...
Wrap up on Day 1: NATO Summit Wales and the Women, Peace and Security Agenda NEW
Politics @ Surrey 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 18 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
In the run up to NATO’s  Summit in Wales (September 4th to 5th) I will be blogging on issues related to the future of the Alliance, with a particular focus on the place of UNSCR 1325 on women, peace and security on the agenda. You can...
NATO Summit Wales: What Next for NATO and the Women, Peace and Security Agenda? NEW
Politics @ Surrey 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 16 Hours, 13 Minutes ago
In the run up to NATO’s  Summit in Wales (September 4th to 5th) I will be blogging on issues related to the future of the Alliance, with a particular focus on the place of UNSCR 1325 on women, peace and security on the agenda. You can...
Dave, Donald and the delusional understanding of the EU NEW
Politics @ Surrey 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 19 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
It’s tempting to say that it’s been a classic summer for exposing the failings of British EU policy, but it would be more accurate to say that it’s been a summer much like any other: poor. May’s European elections exposed both...
What next for NATO? Reflections on the Place of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in a ‘Future Proof Alliance’ NEW
Politics @ Surrey 1 Month, 5 Days, 44 Minutes ago
In the run up to NATO’s  Summit in Wales (September 4th to 5th) I will be blogging on issues related to the future of the Alliance, with a particular focus on the place of UNSCR 1325 on women, peace and security on the agenda. This is my f...
Why student satisfaction matters to us NEW
Politics @ Surrey 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 18 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
Earlier this week, the results of the 2014 National Student Survey were released to the public. As in previous years, Surrey has done very well, both as an institution (joint 8th nationally) and for Politics (4th nationally, with 97% satisfaction). C...
BoJo for PM? The Johnsonian vision for the EU NEW
Politics @ Surrey 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 9 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
It’s August, and the temptation to simply lay down tools and ignore the world around us is strong. However, it would also be a mistake, since the world continues to turn and since some people are working hard on their campaigns for the general...
Reconceptualising ‘International Intervention’ NEW
Politics @ Surrey 1 Month, 4 Weeks, 2 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
‘International intervention’ is a fact of life – it is happening all around us, all of the time. Yet the term usually connotes military intervention, which happens a lot less. Why is there this disjunction between perception and rea...
10 years of the Department of Politics at Surrey NEW
Politics @ Surrey 2 Months, 22 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
It’s one of the vagaries of the academic cycle that the year starts in August, rather than January. It’s when things are quietest and when we’re between cycles of students. It’s also when many staff members take their annual l...
Building the base: UKIP’s push to the General Election NEW
Politics @ Surrey 2 Months, 1 Day, 23 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
As I’ve discussed before on this blog (here and here), the real focus of UKIP’s work of late has not been last May’s European elections, but next year’s general election: without a breakthrough in the latter, the prospects for...
Over the Hill and far away? NEW
Politics @ Surrey 2 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 29 Minutes ago
As the usual saga of trying to agree who does what role in the EU’s institutions drags on for another month, it’s worth thinking a bit about the British/Lord Hill strategy. We know that Hill is not a big public figure and that he has a ba...
The new British policy on the European Union: scapegoats and crossed fingers NEW
Politics @ Surrey 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 23 Hours, 12 Minutes ago
The European election fallout continues to amaze. In Brussels, Strasbourg and national capitals, the consequences of historic and contemporary decisions are working their way through the system. Jean-Claude Juncker’s election to Commission Pres...
Nick Robinson is wrong, William Hague has not lost his ambition NEW
Politics @ Surrey 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 23 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
Nick Robinson posited on this morning’s Today programme that William Hague had lost his ambition. Robinson claimed that Hague would be looking forward to going back to writing history books and making lots of money, as he had done when he resig...
Debating the EU: How can we do it? NEW
Politics @ Surrey 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 23 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
I was talking to a friend yesterday evening, who felt that a referendum on EU membership was a good thing. He agreed with my point that what the UK (and the Union more generally) needed was a full public debate, but saw a referendum as a way to kick-...
A new European Union, or just more of the same? NEW
Politics @ Surrey 2 Months, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 23 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
Cynicism comes easily: to watch the events of this week unroll has been to see every cliche of European integration at play. Backroom deals, grandstanding eurosceptics, scapegoating and general ignorance – sadly, an all too common sight in and...
The momentum issue in euroscepticism NEW
Politics @ Surrey 3 Months, 6 Days, 15 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
Only a short post this week, as I’m attending the first European conference on Learning & Teaching in Politics, IR and European Studies at the University of Maastricht (yes, there again). Obviously this week potentially represents an import...
The continuing fallout from the EP elections NEW
Politics @ Surrey 3 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 12 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
Coming to Brussels this week, it’s be heartening to see so much discussion of key international developments, coupled to an emergent sense of collective identification. Sadly, the World Cup and the Red Devils’ successes remain of limited...