A very British political circus

We’ll soon enough be in the midst of our own federal election. But let’s for a moment cast our gaze across the Atlantic and look at what’s going on in the United Kingdom. As a former political reporter, I would have salivated at the chance to cover a political circus that features insults like “girly swot” or the spectacle of a key government member lounging on the front bench of the House of Commons like I watch Netflix on my couch. For your weekend pleasure, I’ve featured some of my favourite stories from The Conversation UK this week that help us understand the unprecedented Brexit-related politics machinations.

Also, a heads up for our Atlantic readers: The Conversation Canada will soon be travelling east for two live events that will take a critical look at the ocean and its future. As part of Science Literacy Week, our Environment Editor Hannah Hoag will speak with some of our authors on an interactive panel discussion at the Halifax Public Library on Sep. 16 and the Johnson GEO CENTRE in St. John's, Nfld., on Sep. 18. Come and explore the ocean with us!

Scott White


Brexit and other political weekend reads

UK general election: when and how could it happen?

Chris Stafford, University of Nottingham

MPs blocked the prime minister's motion to hold an election – but that doesn't mean they don't want one.

How Brexit uncertainty is hurting the UK economy – in four charts

Costas Milas, University of Liverpool

It's time to break the deadlock with a referendum on no-deal Brexit or Theresa May's withdrawal agreement.

UK general election? If so, here’s what the polls are telling us

Paul Whiteley, University of Essex; Harold D Clarke, University of Texas at Dallas

Findings over the past few months show the two main parties are in terrible shape ahead of this snap vote.

Destroying parliaments leads to war – just look at history

Aristotle Kallis, Keele University

Parliaments were and remain institutions of frustrating negotiation and very often unpalatable compromise. They also represent an imperfect but significant check on the abuse of power.

Manitoba’s summertime election plays well for Conservatives

Shannon Sampert, University of Winnipeg; Royce Koop, University of Manitoba

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister called an early election and the summertime campaign will likely help his Progressive Conservative government be re-elected.

Canadians in every riding support climate action, new research shows

Matto Mildenberger, University of California, Santa Barbara; Erick Lachapelle, Université de Montréal

Climate change could take centre stage during Canada's federal election.

Robert Mugabe: as divisive in death as he was in life

Roger Southall, University of the Witwatersrand

Where should we place Mugabe among the pantheon of African nationalists who led their countries to independence?

Here’s what happens when political bubbles collide

Alexander J. Stewart, University of Houston; Joshua B. Plotkin, University of Pennsylvania

When the organization of a social network impacts political discussion on a large scale, the consequences can be enormous.