Who speaks for historians? #YestoAV

Twenty-five historians, coordinated by Conservative MP Chris Skidmore, have written to the Times, claiming that AV would be a betrayal of the sacrifice of past generations of democracy campaigners. But claiming to speak for the dead on a referendum they never contemplated seems to us a betrayal of academic standards that we as historians hold dear. They claim to speak for historians, indeed for history, in defending FPTP. But as on any such serious political…

Party Manifestos

The Guardian front page provides an interesting juxtaposition of images from the party manifestos. I immediately was reminded of much of the Soviet style influence on Second World War posters, including the poster that started it all for me "Women of Britain: Come Into the Factories". Read the information in the box, and a similar story. For a closer look:

Gordon Brown’s Record

I think it was inevitable after all the posters about David Cameron, that any poster produced in support of Gordon Brown was going to be subverted. This is going to be a really interesting election, as people (if they wish), will have so much more access to information, and every piece of party propaganda produced is likely to be subverted in many different ways, at very high speed... and this is just something that each…