The Fixed Term Parliament Act Paradox

BY PROFESSOR COLIN TALBOT The Fixed Term Parliament Act (FTPA) was the love child of the Conservative – Liberal Democrat Coalition government. It was designed primarily to ensure that a minority-coalition Government could – would – survive for a whole Parliament. That was the primary aim and indeed that is what the FTPA achieves. It makes it very difficult to defeat an incumbent Government, even … Continue reading The Fixed Term Parliament Act Paradox

The Struggle is in the Streets

BY PROFESSOR COLIN TALBOT On Sunday 11th June I tweeted this: Guess what happens the day after? Crystal ball? No, just understanding the mindset of Bennite (Corbyn) and Trotskyist (McDonnell) politicos. To explain. In an earlier post I argued in detail that both Trots and Bennites think that real change only comes about through mass mobilization, not through Parliament. Indeed ‘parliamentary struggle’ they see as … Continue reading The Struggle is in the Streets

The Real Balance of Power

BY PROFESSOR COLIN TALBOT Well, I didn’t see that coming. I will leave (for the moment) others to begin the unpacking of how the result happened. I want to just do a quick (and accurate) check on where this leaves the House of Commons and therefore power. Firstly the Conservatives have won 317* seats at the time of writing (with all 650 seats declared). (*not … Continue reading The Real Balance of Power

From Marxism to Social Democracy

Professor Colin Talbot was born in Dover in 1952. Professor Talbot is currently Professor of Government in Politics in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Manchester. He has also been an adviser to UK Parliamentary Committees on HM Treasury and Public Administration. Colin is the author of The Paradoxical Primate (2004) and several other books. Here, Professor Talbot is interviewed by Country … Continue reading From Marxism to Social Democracy