Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

British politics is heading back to 1974

Monday, 15 December 2014

Professor Glen O'Hara, of the Department of History, Philosophy and Religion, has contributed another of his semi-regular pieces on politics and history to The Independent's online edition. This time he has focused on the prospects for the next General Election, noting that no one party is likely to gain a majority, and even the two largest parties together might not be able to command the confidence of the House of Commons. This, he argues, is a situation just like that which arose in 1974, when a lacklustre Labour Opposition defeated a less-than-popular Conservative Government by a very small margin. As he notes, there had to be two elections in 1974, and 'if the numbers are anything like what we’re expecting at the moment, Parliament’s mandate and ability to function will have to be renewed at some point long before 2020 – the planned date of the election after next'.