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Pippa Norris
PIPPA NORRIS, comparative political scientist at Harvard and Sydney Universities, founding Director of the Electoral Integrity Project.
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Pippa Norris 22h
Replying to @p_surridge
Which is why Corbyn is frozen and unable to get off the fence. It is not just his own personal views but also the politics of deep internal Lab schisms. The Westminster system fails as the new cleavage cuts across both major parties. Germany etc would develop a Grand Coalition.
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Pippa Norris 22h
Brexit in one graph: a majoritarian two party system at Westminster BUT Lab and Con voters both deeply split on new Brexit cleavage. See paper From Ch 11 'Cultural Backlash' out CUP in Feb
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Pippa Norris Jan 15
Listen to your voters, Mr. Corbyn. Two thirds are Remain.
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Pippa Norris Jan 15
Replying to @LapGongLeong
If Westminster can't decide, a 2nd People's Vote is needed! BTW I thought the Westminster debate was rather terrific: diverse, passionate and local, without the usual party shackles. This is what democracy looks like.
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Pippa Norris Jan 15
Replying to @drpolitix
Right. But at least Brits have more info now to update their preferences rather than in mid-2016. Pie-in-the-sky talk of unicorns, cakism, etc have lost some of their credibility. Whether the campaign will be any better, however, remains an open question.
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Pippa Norris Jan 15
A useful NYT Brexit crib.
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Pippa Norris Jan 15
Chicken and egg. And a new election still wouldn't force Corbyn to take a clear stance because he is Leave and his membership is largely Remain. Ditto among the Tories, they are deeply divided. The only united parties are SNP and LD, who are Remain.
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Pippa Norris Jan 15
Replying to @laseptiemewilay
No, May introduced it in her speech then Corbyn followed a few minutes later. A general election would be useless since the main parties are split down the middle so voters wouldn't have a clear choice. Need a People's Vote on the issue.
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Pippa Norris Jan 15
ie what the hell does Britain want, says the EU. Quite right.
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Europe Elects Jan 15
UK, EuropeElects analysis: Biggest government defeats in the British Parliament May, 2019: Brexit Agreement (230 votes) (final result) MacDonald, 1924: Enquiry into Campbell Case (166 votes) MacDonald, 1924: Housing Bill (140 votes)
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Pippa Norris Jan 15
No surprise in the size of the historic defeat. What next? Confidence vote on the PM tomorrow, says May. Then if May survives, cross-party talks.
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Pippa Norris Jan 14
Manchurian. Trump Discussed Pulling U.S. From NATO, Aides Say Amid New Concerns Over Russia
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Pippa Norris Jan 14
Anyone doing a running tally of how many of the Commons Brexit speeches are for or against May's agreement? My guestimate is 80-85% against, attacked by both Brexitiers and Remainers.
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Pippa Norris Jan 14
Replying to @colwight
Again, let's focus on appropriate and legitimate decision-making process with a Rawlsian Veil of Ignorance about the outcome.
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Pippa Norris Jan 14
Listening to the Brexit debate, I wish I could vote SNP! Their series of speeches are passionate, direct, radical, and unambiguously cosmopolitan. A stout defence of Europe. Must be something they put in the Irn Bru!
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Pippa Norris Jan 14
Replying to @tormeysimon
Again, do we know this? It could also function like a passionate and healthy public debate which mobilises both sides and legitimates whatever the outcome decides. If Westminster cannot decide, it could potentially break the fever in the body politics.
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Pippa Norris Jan 14
Replying to @tormeysimon
We don't know for sure either way, do we? So then why not hold a 2nd referendum to find out? Let's get the democratic process right, and establish public preferences today, irrespective of the outcome.
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Pippa Norris Jan 14
In a populist era disparaging elected politicians, it is refreshing to listen to a passionate, informed, polite & authentic debate about Brexit. Heartfelt points reflecting the local diversity of the UK, not just party politics. The best of Westminster.
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Pippa Norris Jan 14
Replying to @begumburak1984
So that would be a positive gain for rebuilding consensus after the bitterly divisive debate. The democratic process is as important as the outcome.
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Pippa Norris Jan 14
Replying to @begumburak1984
Hopeless. Hasn't the foggiest about the language of diplomacy or the remotest loyalty to the any allies. He is like a tank with one gear.
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