This year to date has proven to be a nightmare year for opinion polling companies across Europe. The Scottish Referendum in September 2014 turned out to be difficult to predict, although opinion polling companies such as YouGov came close to predicting the final outcome. The recent Israeli election, combined with the recent General Elections in both the United Kingdom […]
This report investigates the defining battlegrounds that are likely to play an influential role amongst voters in this General Election. The analysis draws on current public opinion data from TNS opinion, YouGov, alongside ICM in investigating the issue salience of immigration, economic perceptions and leadership competence evaluations amongst voters. These are likely to be the core issues that dominate […]
Smart Government, edited by Patrick Sullivan and Nabil Najjar, and featuring a foreword by the Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP, is Parliament Street’s first book, launched to positive reviews in March 2015. Ahead of the 2015 General Election, perhaps the most important in a generation, Parliament Street has brought together a group of leading Conservative Party activists, business and charity […]
James Downes says immigration must be pushed to the top of the Conservative Party’s issue agenda.
Chris Hanley from TNS opinion and James Downes from Parliament Street discuss the ramifications surrounding ISIS, drawing on recent polling data from TNS opinion, Pew and YouGov. The article then looks at four core areas in the legitimacy to intervene, investigating authorisation from the UN Security Council, Humanitarian Intervention, intervention by recipient states and the right to self-defence. The […]
In this new Parliament Street paper, James Somper writes that Ukip’s performance at the polls is underpinned by the ‘political disaffection’ of a minority who feel that ‘their values and preferences’ have been excluded from the contemporary political arena.
It is difficult to think of a greater contrast between two consecutive Justice Secretaries than Ken Clarke and Chris Grayling. Their personalities, their professional background and their approach to politics contrast almost as much as the policy prescription and leadership they have brought to the role. I am lucky enough to know them both well. Chris is my Parliamentary neighbour […]
James Downes from Parliament Street and Chris Hanley from TNS opinion in Brussels explore the state of public opinion across the Atlantic and outline recent developments, alongside implications for the future of the relationship. Recently, a new set of findings was published by the German Marshall Fund on the state of public opinion across the Atlantic. This is timely given the […]
With Clacton and Rochester going purple, Farage’s Army giving Labour the scare in Heywood & Middleton and the upcoming 2015 British General Election, James Downes and Joshua Townsley writing exclusively for Parliament Street, argue that UKIP still face significant institutional obstacles if they want to become a major force in British politics.
In December 2014, hackers attacked the computers of Sony Pictures, apparently in an attempt to prevent the release of “The Interview”, a film depicting the fictional assassination of Kim Jong-un. The attack was praised by the North Korean National Defence Commission, describing it as a “righteous deed”, and although the North Koreans publicly deny any involvement in the attack, US investigators have concluded that North Korea was responsible for these actions.