Tag: Chris Game

Our student generation has been disenfranchised

Our student generation has been disenfranchised

The latest generation of university undergraduates has been excluded from participating in an issue that will shape their future, leaving the EU. Chris Game details how this came about, and how approaches to youth participation now divide the parties and the nations of the UK.

England’s local elections 2019: Part 2 – Rainbow and other coalitions

England’s local elections 2019: Part 2 – Rainbow and other coalitions

In the second of two articles reporting the outcomes of May’s local elections, Chris Game looks in detail at how a high number of multi-party ‘Rainbow’ coalitions have been agreed, and highlights how, behind certain patterns of participation, there are numerous varieties of governing pacts – which, perhaps, Westminster politicians could learn from.

England’s local elections 2019: council outcomes from ‘no overall control’ results

England’s local elections 2019: council outcomes from ‘no overall control’ results

With the two main parties losing hundreds of council seats, and the Lib Dems, Greens and Independents gaining across England in May’s local elections, the number of councils where no single party had a majority increased in 2019. In the first of two articles, Chris Game details how this has shaped governing outcomes for English councils ­– and demonstrates why reporting political coalitions in local government matters.

Local elections 2019: gone missing – 500 councillors

Local elections 2019: gone missing – 500 councillors

Local elections are taking place across much of England today, 2 May. However, as Chris Game, explains, the number of local councillors has been reduced in many places, in a reorganisation process that lacks democratic accountability.

England’s local elections: how councillor numbers are being reduced by stealth

England’s local elections: how councillor numbers are being reduced by stealth

Local elections are being held across England on 3 May, but finding out where and for which seats is not always straightforward. Of more concern, writes Chris Game, is that the number of local councillors is gradually being reduced, in a process that lacks transparency, proper scrutiny and a clear, democratic rationale.

Metro mayors: the all-male club presiding over boards that are just 4% female

Metro mayors: the all-male club presiding over boards that are just 4% female

The six new metro mayors are all male. This might be less of a problem, writes Chris Game, if the Combined Authority boards they led were not overwhelmingly male too. Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has tried to create a more balanced gender split, but attempts to do so elsewhere have met with resistance. Similar PostsAudit […]

Local authorities continue to keep citizens in the dark about council elections and their results and outcomes

Local authorities continue to keep citizens in the dark about council elections and their results and outcomes

Local elections in England took place in May, but the outcome of those elections is in many cases difficult to ascertain, particularly with regard to the make-up of the administration governing ‘No Overall Control’ authorities. Here, Chris Game laments this, and argues that is unacceptable for local authorities to continue keeping citizens in the dark when […]

Far from destroying the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn could save it from electoral wipeout

Far from destroying the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn could save it from electoral wipeout

Jeremy Corbyn, originally a rank outsider, is now the Leader of the UK Labour Party. He did so by gaining an enormous democratic mandate with over half a million voters registering a preference for him. His critics argue that his blend of pacifist leftism is unelectable, but Chris Game argues that to the contrary, if […]

Like our students, UK voters should have the option to vote for ‘Re-open Nominations’

Like our students, UK voters should have the option to vote for ‘Re-open Nominations’

In the UK, there is currently no formal provision for voters to make a positive abstention. Chris Game argues that this is a mistake, and that a ‘Re-open nominations’ option should be added to ballot papers, as part of a range of reforms aimed at increasing engagement.  Wednesday April 15 was #DeDay – Democracy Day, […]

The Tower Hamlets affair is a sad indictment of British local democracy

The Tower Hamlets affair is a sad indictment of British local democracy

The Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles recent appointed commissioners to assist in the running of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets following the publication of a PwC ‘Best Value’ report. Chris Game argues that the affair shows the weakness of English local government and ignores the wishes of Tower Hamlets’ residents.  Similar PostsThe PwC […]