Politics @ Surrey

The blog of the Department of Politics at the University of Surrey

Would David Cameron have sex with a pig? Would you watch?!

That is the question implicitly posed by Charlie Brooker’s latest TV offering, ‘Black Mirror’, which aired on Sunday 4th December.  Following the critically acclaimed Screenwipe and Brooker’s popular column in The Guardian, expectations for the three part ‘series’ have been high.  And, if the first episode is anything to go by, Black Mirror will provide […]


A busy week

One of the joys of consuming a lot of media is wading through the hubris: from Delors’ ‘confession’ that the Sun was right all along, to Aftenposten’s lead story on Gaddafi’s attempts to buy a Swedish football club. But one area where I am inclined to agree with the journalists is that this week is […]


Last of the optimists?

In the past couple of weeks I’ve noticed a creeping sensation that I might be more deluded than usual.  As befits my historical institutionalist leanings, I tend to think that things look like they used to look, and will look like they look now: not quite homeostasis, but at least self-stabilising.  At the level of […]


Cash for politicians…

Away from the on-going turmoil of the eurozone crisis and the faltering economic recovery, the long-running saga of funding politicians has just seen its latest development.  The Committee for Standards in Public Life – set up in the mid-1990s after a series of scandals – has just published its report on party financing.  It recommends […]


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