#HolyroodTweetUp Scottish Leaders’ Debate Bingo

After the seven-headed Leaders’ Debate in Manchester last week, the TV Debate focus is now shifting to Scotland as Scottish Party Leaders prepare to discuss the issues that matter to Scottish voters. The first Scottish Leaders’ TV Debate of the General Election Campaign will take place tonight and will be broadcast by STV. You find […]

Throwing off the cloak of anonymity

It’s a rainy Friday evening and I’m waiting for a train. I absent-mindedly take out my phone to check Twitter. My heart stops. I’m reading about myself. A blog has been published that talks about me, hints at a conspiracy and suggests I’m behaving pretty poorly. What followed was unpleasant, with tweets and blog comments […]

Spain: “On road to the election, drive in 140 characters”

So, it’s the Spanish general election on Sunday, and while many are saying that it’s a foregone conclusion…. well, yes, it probably is a foregone conclusion. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t interesting things happening in the campaign. An article by El País (en Español, Google Translate) has an overview of the online campaigning so […]

Lunchtime list for June 9th

Here are the articles and web pages the Talk Issues team recommend today: Heffer on the EU: Nostradamus he ain’t – One of our own pieces on a hysterical prediction of the future by Simon Heffer, written in 2003. Find out about the gangs of armed EU police who will be roaming the streets attacking […]

Lunchtime list for May 24th

Here are some thoughts on lunchtime reading for today: In the loop: Twitter’s transformation of British politics – The Independent’s John Rentoul writes about how his work of covering UK politics has been transformed by Twitter. Europe’s debt crisis and Keynes’ green cheese solution – Well-timed for today’s UK spending cuts announcement, Thomas Palley writes […]

White people feel they can’t influence

Interesting results from the DCLG citizenship survey reported by the BBC. It asked people how much they felt able to influence politics, and white people felt much less able to influence than minority groups. Some 19% of white people agreed they had a say, compared with 33% of other groups The survey in full.