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Paul Whiteley

Paul Whiteley

Professor, Department of Government, University of Essex
My research interests involve examining the nature & significance of political participation, particularly electoral participation, & also in understanding the causes & effects of public opinion on politics.

How much trouble is Boris Johnson in? Lessons from the fall of Margaret Thatcher

Dec 20, 2021 09:49 am UTC| Politics

It has been a bad few weeks for Boris Johnson and the Conservative government. It began with allegations that Christmas parties had been held in Downing Street during the lockdown of 2020 and has escalated into open...

Why US presidents shouldn't rely on stock market performance to win votes

Oct 05, 2020 14:19 pm UTC| Politics

While Donald Trumps positive test for COVID-19 provoked volatility on US stock markets, they remain only a few percentage points down from the all-time highs reached in early September. After a crash in March caused by...

Skyrocketing unemployment is bad news for Boris Johnson

Jul 30, 2020 15:59 pm UTC| Economy

The COVID-19 pandemic has seriously disrupted the UK economy and major increases in unemployment are already occurring. It has already been reported that 649,000 jobs have disappeared during the lockdown. If history...

US under Trump Series

How the coronavirus economic crisis could hit Donald Trump's re-election prospects

Apr 22, 2020 13:07 pm UTC| Politics

The US currently has the highest number of coronavirus cases in the world and the highest number of deaths. Many commentators claim that President Donald Trumps reaction to the mounting health crisis has been confused...

These four decisions by the opposition could deliver Boris Johnson a majority in this election

Nov 19, 2019 02:42 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Our latest poll of polls shows that the Conservatives are moving into a possibly decisive lead over their rivals in voting intentions for the UK election. This is in large part because Brexit Party support is collapsing....

UK election: head to the polls in haste, repent the result at leisure

Oct 29, 2019 19:37 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

British political parties are positioning themselves for an impending general election but that doesnt mean it will happen before Christmas. The prime ministers tactic of offering extra time for debating his withdrawal...

Conservatives poll lead continues, despite Brexit turmoil

Oct 09, 2019 13:51 pm UTC| Insights & Views

Trends in vote intention polls show that the Conservatives continue to have a sizeable lead over their rivals. As of October 1, the Conservatives were on 33%, with Labour and the Liberal Democrats running well behind, tied...

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Economy

McLaren confirms entry to Formula E beginning 2022/23

Woking-based McLaren had signed an option in January 2021 to join Formula E from the 2022/23 campaign continuing its commitment to electric motorsport, having entered the SUV series Extreme E in 2022. McLaren also...

Nike unlikely to extend signature shoe deal with Kyrie Irving: ESPN

Nike is unlikely to extend its signature shoe deal with Brooklyn Nets ace point guard Kyrie Irving beyond the 2022/23 season, despite the popularity and profitability of his signature shoes, according to ESPN. Due to...

Elon Musk confirms deal to acquire Twitter on hold

Elon Musk revealed that his acquisition of Twitter is temporarily suspended for now, and this announcement came a few weeks after the Twitter board agreed to sell the company. The Tesla and SpaceX owner placed a bid of $44...

Korea’s Lotte acquires Bristol-Myers Squibb New York plant

Lotte Corporation, a South Korean multinational company that is also the fifth-largest chaebol in the country, is buying a Bristol-Myers Squibb bio facility in Syracuse, New York. Based on the reports, the sale deal is...

Starbucks’ pro-union baristas asked to be reinstated for alleged wrongful dismissal

Starbucks is being asked to give back the jobs of its seven pro-union baristas who were said to have been wrongfully fired. Union organizers have filed a petition in a federal court to order the coffee chain to reinstate...

Politics

Melania Trump was 'offended' that Anna Wintour did not contact her before visiting Donald Trump in 2016, new book says

Former US first lady Melania Trump was reportedly not happy with renowned Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour back in 2016, according to a new book. The book claimed that Wintour did not inform Mrs. Trump of her visit to...

Russia-Ukraine conflict: G7 says war is stoking food, energy crisis

Countries all over the world are experiencing the repercussions of Russias unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. The G7 member countries have warned that the ongoing war is causing a food and energy crisis that will...

Joe Biden condemns "abhorrent" Buffalo mass shooting

US President Joe Biden condemned the racially motivated mass shooting that occurred in Buffalo, New York. Biden issued a statement describing the act as abhorrent to the very fabric of this nation. The US leader issued...

US VP Kamala Harris to lead US delegation to UAE this week

This week, US Vice President Kamala Harris will be traveling to the United Arab Emirates. Harris will be leading a US delegation to personally pay respects to the nations late president. Harris and the US delegation...

Science

Hyundai Mobis’ monitoring system reduces drowsy driving risks by 30%

Hyundai Mobis Co. has come up with an in-house brainwave-based driver monitoring system that can reduce the risk of drowsy driving by up to one-third. The system, dubbed M.Brain, is a wearable earpiece that continuously...

California start-up Bionaut Labs to send tiny robots on voyage into brains

California start-up Bionaut Labs will conduct its first clinical trials on sending miniature robots deep inside the human skull to treat brain disorders The tiny injectable robots can be guided through the brain using...

Kirin, Meiji University develop electric chopsticks that make low-salt food taste salty

Food producer Kirin and Meiji University have developed a pair of chopsticks that stimulate the taste of salt in foods with low salt content through extensive research. This technology, which has yet to be named,...

Japanese researchers develop plastic with self-repairing powers

Japanese researchers have found a way to create self-repairing plastics that can be used in many products and reduce the amount of waste now polluting the planet. It might have practical applications for home...

Osaka University team proves safety of iPS-based cornea transplant

An Osaka University research team has concluded that the worlds first clinical trial, transplanting corneal tissues derived from induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPS cells, was safe and effective. According to the...

Technology

Analyst predicts next-gen Nintendo Switch could launch in 2024

Nintendo has yet to reveal concrete plans for the next generation of its gaming system. However, a market research firm predicts that the company could unveil the follow-up to the Nintendo Switch in two years. While the...

‘Dead Space’ remake to launch in January 2023

Motive Studios conducted the latest livestream event for the Dead Space remake to provide more details on the changes to expect from the upcoming game. But the developers also surprised fans this week after suddenly...

Bethesda delays ‘Starfield’ and ‘Redfall’ to 2023

Bethesdas Starfield and Arkanes Redfall are arguably one of the most anticipated video games this year. However, the publisher announced on Thursday that both games would no longer launch in 2022, just a few weeks before...

Pixel 6a will use a different in-display fingerprint sensor from the Pixel 6 series

The in-display fingerprint sensor on the standard Pixel 6 and high-end Pixel 6 Pro caused quite a stir a few weeks after they were released. Some users have complained about its performance and accuracy, while others have...
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