Lunchtime list for May 25th

Here are the articles and web pages the Talk Issues team recommend today:

  • Worst performing parties in the 2010 British General Election – Le Poulet Noir writes a piece about the least successful parties in the recent General Election. Slightly to my surprise, on average votes per candidate, the BNP just beat UKIP – though both were beaten by Respect and the Lincolnshire Independent Party on average vote count.
  • Britain and the euro crisis: Fight! Fight! Fight! – The Economist’s Europe correspondent considers what might happen to Britain if the Euro rescue fails and the EU seeks closer fiscal/economic union. He suggests the choices are: participate, let others set the rules, or leave the EU.
  • Paper: How digital engagement can save councils money – Democratic Society research: local governments on the hunt for savings should not cut democratic engagement work. It can often realise far greater savings than its comparatively modest outlay.
  • IPPR report shows migration delivers substantial benefits to developing countries – Fascinating IPPR report argues that migration should not be viewed as a ‘problem’ for development and while migration can create challenges, it does allow people with few alternatives to improve their standard of living, to send money back to their families and their communities, and to enhance wider development outcomes through so called ‘spill over effects’, such as increased business creation and higher savings.
  • Where next for our system of government « Slugger O’Toole – The Slugger O’Toole blog looks at the future of Northern Ireland’s complex constitution. Power-sharing brought peace, but can it bring effective delivery of public services?

Published by Anthony Zacharzewski

Anthony Zacharzewski was one of the founders of Demsoc in 2006. Before starting work for Demsoc in 2010, he was a Whitehall civil servant and a local government officer.