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The neo-Troubles and media manipulation

EdinburghEye on Ko-FiThis was first posted on Facebook on 3rd February 2021, with support from my Ko-Fi network.

The most complicating factor in figuring out what might happen in Northern Ireland over the next few weeks or months, is that Boris Johnson is a chronic liar, and yet neither mainstream media nor his ministers nor his MPs seem able to say so.

We can note what Boris Johnson says. But we know, from past experience, that what he says doesn’t correspond to what he’ll actually do: and what Johnson wants to do, essentially, is anything that’ll make him popular.
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Writing About GE2019: Kensington

EdinburghEye on Ko-FiThis was first posted on Facebook on 19th November 2019, then updated on 13th December 2019, with support from my Ko-Fi network.

Written on 19th November 2019, as part of a series on tactical voting

I am not likely to consider constituencies in detail, because in practically all instances, if you live there, you know the constituency in far more detail than I could, and if you have a not-Tory incumbent, you should certainly know more than I do about whether they’re a good constituency MP.

But I do want to talk about Kensington.

In order for Boris Johnson to win a majority, he has to hold every seat the Tories won in 2017, and gain at least three more.

Election Polling is a useful website that lists the target and defence seats for each party in order of majority. Kensington is top of the Tory attack list: the Labour incumbent, Emma Dent Coad, won by 20 votes over the Tories in 2017, the very first time Kensington had ever had a Labour MP. The LibDems were a long way third, and have always – even when they were doing well – been third-place candidates in Kensington. If you are tactically-voting in Kensington, voting for Coad would be the right thing to do.
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