Parliaments Politics and People seminar: Harm Kaal, ‘Popular politics: the friendly match between sport and politics in the Netherlands’

Dr Kathryn Rix, of the Victorian Commons, reports back on our last ‘Parliaments, Politics and People’ seminar… Harm Kaal of Radboud University, Nijmegen, gave a fascinating paper on ‘Popular politics: the friendly match between sport and politics in the Netherlands, c. 1960-1980s’. His analysis of the relationship between politicians and sport, and its representation in the mass media, clearly proved his argument that the study … Continue reading Parliaments Politics and People seminar: Harm Kaal, ‘Popular politics: the friendly match between sport and politics in the Netherlands’

Time and the Commons

Our Director, Dr Paul Seaward, explores the development of the late night culture at the House of Commons… The above John Doyle print of July 1831, ‘The House wot keeps bad hours’, shows the House of Commons in session with the clock showing seven o’clock in the morning. Members are crowded on the benches, asleep or half asleep; the clerk, barely conscious, is supporting his … Continue reading Time and the Commons

Parliaments Politics and People seminar: Jennifer Wells, Crafting empire: republican imperialism and parliamentary policy 1647-60’

Our ‘Parliaments, politics and people’ seminar is back for a new term. Dr Robin Eagles, Senior Research Fellow in the House of Lords 1660-1832 section reports back from Jennifer Wells’ opening paper… Jennifer Wells’ paper opened with an image of the frontispiece to Sir Anthony Weldon’s tract ‘A Cat May Look Upon a King’ (published in 1652 after Weldon’s death), which detailed the careers of … Continue reading Parliaments Politics and People seminar: Jennifer Wells, Crafting empire: republican imperialism and parliamentary policy 1647-60’

Defection, by-elections and Europe…in the 1970s.

In tomorrow’s by-election in Clacton, former Conservative MP Douglas Carswell will contest his previous seat after defection to UKIP. Carswell’s strong difference of opinion with his party over the issue of Europe has echoes of a different by-election – Lincoln in 1973 – but the parties and positions were reversed. When Britain was applying to join the then European Economic Community (EEC) in the 1960s … Continue reading Defection, by-elections and Europe…in the 1970s.