Author Archives for Rachel Cunliffe

2019 Articles

Safe as houses? Our electoral map is fuelling voter apathy
Safe as houses? Our electoral map is fuelling voter apathy
With less than two weeks to go until the country heads to the polls, I have personally encountered precisely one [...]
November 29, 2019
The hubristic Lib Dems flew too close to the electoral sun
The hubristic Lib Dems flew too close to the electoral sun
Of all the Greek myths, the most famous is probably the story of Icarus, the boy who flew too close [...]
November 22, 2019
Laugh about the Lib Dems’ skills wallet all you like, but we’re all going to want one
Laugh about the Lib Dems’ skills wallet all you like, but we’re all going to want one
It is hard to think of a more unsexy name for a policy than the “skills wallet”. Juxtaposing two profoundly [...]
November 15, 2019
Spare a thought this winter for our poor under-valued MPs
Spare a thought this winter for our poor under-valued MPs
Why would anyone want to be an MP? If the number of prominent parliamentarians who have announced that they are [...]
November 8, 2019
Enfranchise the teenager? Votes at 16 is not as mad as you think
Enfranchise the teenager? Votes at 16 is not as mad as you think
 “Votes at 16!” opposition MPs demanded in the debate on whether Britain should have an election. They were denied the [...]
November 1, 2019
December may not turn out to be the Brexit election after all
December may not turn out to be the Brexit election after all
I was 14 when I voted in my first election. Not for real, of course, but in a school-wide mock [...]
October 25, 2019
Kinks aside, the porn block was a puritanical attack on sexual expression
Kinks aside, the porn block was a puritanical attack on sexual expression
Farewell to the porn laws, one of the worst thought-through pieces of legislation ever to have been at risk of [...]
October 18, 2019
MPs must unite to save Britain from no-deal
MPs must unite to save Britain from no-deal
Three months ago, EU leaders were adamant that, whatever the new Prime Minister claimed, the withdrawal agreement hashed out with [...]
October 18, 2019
Rory walks on with a campaign to spice up the race for London mayor
Rory walks on with a campaign to spice up the race for London mayor
Watch out London, your favourite selfie-taking, tie-rejecting, accidental-opium-smoking, politician/rambler is coming to a Tube station near you. Yes, it’s Rory [...]
October 11, 2019
Could the Prime Minister’s fledgling Brexit plan end this paralysing uncertainty?
Could the Prime Minister’s fledgling Brexit plan end this paralysing uncertainty?
“Unrealistic and damaging proposals”, or a “genuine attempt to bridge the chasm”? That was the debate raging in parliament yesterday, [...]
October 4, 2019
Blame the Fixed-term Parliaments Act for this utter chaos in Westminster
Blame the Fixed-term Parliaments Act for this utter chaos in Westminster
The BBC podcast series The Political Butterfly Effect explores the theory that even the tiniest of events can have vast [...]
September 27, 2019
Could MPs on all sides please stop acting like unruly school kids?
Could MPs on all sides please stop acting like unruly school kids?
The end of the school term goes hand-in-hand with discipline being somewhat relaxed. Lessons focus on pointless activities, farcical excuses for [...]
September 13, 2019
Neither tragic nor hero, Boris is simply in thrall to the Brexit fates
Neither tragic nor hero, Boris is simply in thrall to the Brexit fates
When a Prime Minister who has spent his career leaning heavily on his classical education – peppering speeches with references [...]
September 6, 2019
This epic proroguing gamble shows that Boris is not about to let dithering be his downfall
This epic proroguing gamble shows that Boris is not about to let dithering be his downfall
Countless criticisms were levelled at Theresa May during her final months in power. She was accused of being stubborn, blinkered, [...]
August 29, 2019