In an era of Open Policy, political parties need to embrace guerilla tactics to survive.

The open policymaking project is looking at methods of public engagement and participation in policy and what role digital technologies can play in the future. Historically, one of the major forms of public engagement in informing policy has been through the mainstream political parties. However, the main political parties are being eclipsed, especially from a […]

Ideology won’t win back non-voters

Two parallel articles in the papers today. Here’s George Monbiot in this morning’s Guardian: The real problem is not that working-class voters have switched their voting preferences but that they are not voting at all because there’s too little at stake, [so] the correct political prescription is to do the opposite [of New Labour]: to […]

Republican kings

This piece first appeared on Opendemocracy.net.  Guess whose manifesto begins: “There is nothing more beautiful in a democracy than the love of one’s country, to which every vote that slides into the ballot box on election day bears witness.” I’m sure you guessed it’s not Boris Johnson, or Ken Livingstone, or your local district councillor. […]

Lunchtime list for June 14th

Here are the articles and web pages the Talk Issues team recommend today: The lost art of democratic debate – A TED lecture by Michael Sandel (at Slugger) on the marginalised role of citizens' moral opinions in democratic discussion. Germany’s mindset has become solipsistic – Jürgen Habermas discusses the "perilous self-absorption" of Germany during the […]

Welcome to the Thinktank Roundup

Welcome to the Talk Issues ‘Thinktank Roundup’ – your one-stop review of all the best publications, research, commentary and events from leading UK think tanks. Not surprisingly two themes dominate the output this week – the arrival of the UK’s first coalition government in 60+ years and the implications of the coming fiscal contraction. Reports, Publications & […]

No confidence in 55 percent

Image via Wikipedia The Government’s self-interested plan to gut the traditional motion of no confidence might gain the status of memorable first flap of the new administration – with a constitutional principle in the role of Bernie Ecclestone. The proposal, linked to that for fixed-term parliaments, is that votes of no confidence should no longer […]

Keeping on talking

Thanks to everyone who read and commented here and on Facebook during the election campaign. We tried to do our bit to talk about policy issues rather than the leaders’ personalities, or their wives’ toes. Now, under the new coalition Government, discussion and compromise on issues will, we hope, come right to the fore. People […]

Election first reaction

So after a few hours’s sleep, time to reflect on the irony that this most presidential of general elections has resulted in a slew of unpredictable local results, many based on individual candidates’ records, and will now be followed by at least 48 hours, and possibly much longer, of Parliamentary manoeuvring. When all the talk […]

Still can’t decide?

Polling Day is tomorrow and if – like a third of voters – you still haven’t definitively made up your mind how to vote, here are some resources for you to take a look at: Carrie’s roundup of websites that match users’ views to parties’ policies. Find out which party’s opinions are close to yours […]