I've written a short piece over at Huffington Post UK, looking at the ways in which politicians and political parties react to defeat in much the same way as individuals respond to grief. You can read it in full here.
As of today, it's official: I'm starting a one-year part-time post as Michael Crick's research assistant on the official biography of David Butler, the noted psephologist. The post comes with Associate Membership of Nuffield College, Oxford, where Butler (now 91) has been teaching since the 1940s, and will involve taking in the full scope of politics and academia over the last 70 years.
You shan't see me blogging about the role a great deal, but I will take this opportunity to say that if anyone reading this has any useful knowledge, sources or insights on Butler and his work, then I'd be only too delighted to hear from you - I'd particularly like to hear from anyone who's worked with him. See the "Contact" page for my details.
Welcome to my new blog; I'm going to use this less for actual blogging, and more for linking my dear readers through to my latest articles as and when they appear elsewhere.