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Articles by Charles Richardson

Will David Cameron sever Britain’s ties with the EU?

Pressure is mounting on British PM David Cameron to pull Britain’s involvement in the European Union.

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Voters get really stroppy: the top 10 elections of 2015

Just about everyone this year voted to kick this mob out.

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A CIA scheme? A royal plot? Whitlam conspiracy theories poppycock

It’s time the Dismissal conspiracy theorists were put right.

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Portugal’s Gough Whitlam moment

Is Portugal headed for a constitutional crisis?

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Sorry, Leyonhjelm, group ticket voting is an expensive, time-wasting indulgence

Why not make things properly simple, and get rid of preferences entirely for Senate voting?

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Against Corbyn and Turnbull, the right rages on cultural, not economic, grounds

The things that really drive right-wing hostility are cultural.

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Cameron channels Netanyahu over the Scottish bogeyman

The Tories would like to keep Scotland in the union, but they’d prefer the Scots stayed home on polling day.

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Clinton’s greatest strength is the Republican Party’s lunacy

Hillary Clinton all but has the presidency locked down, if only because she belongs to the one remaining US political party not run by a completely homogenised group of fringe lunatics.

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How to fix democracy, a la Francaise

Open primaries”, as have been conducted across Europe for decades, might be the best way to restore faith in Australia’s broken party system.

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Nothing really changes in Israel

The results from the recent Israeli election will likely reinstall a coalition government very similar to the last one.

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How the West can broker a deal with Russia on Ukraine

Years of self-centred Western foreign policy has left Russia disenfranchised. But there is a way forward.

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Six ways to deal with the far-right

The fallout from yesterday’s Charlie Hebdo will likely produce a wave of support for far-right parties. Here are some practical lessons in dealing with extremist political parties.

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The top 10 elections of 2014

It was a big year in elections internationally, with six of the G20 members holding electoral contests during 2014. Herewith, the most exciting for the year.

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Nats down, Greens up — Victoria’s minors ride the pendulum

The Greens got almost twice the number of votes as the Nationals in the Victorian election — and yet they have at best three seats to the Nats’ seven.

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Could the Vic Liberals still swing it?

The betting markets seem convinced that Denis Napthine will wake up on Sunday as opposition leader, but do the numbers really stack up?

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Political ads don’t work — so why do our pollies still fork out for them?

There is a lot of research that shows doorknocking to be vastly more effective for political engagement than TV ads. So why do political campaigns still spend big on ineffective advertising?

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Labor and Greens should get together and feel all right

There are plenty of examples overseas of a Green party aligning itself with a Left-leaning party in order to focus on the real enemy: conservatives.

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A quarter-century after the Wall fell, Europe hunkers down along old battle lines

In the 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall marked the end of the Soviet empire in Eastern Europe, some countries have sunk back into old tyrannies.

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Catalonia’s vote for independence reduced to ‘glorified opinion poll’

With Catalonia set for an independence “consultation” on Sunday, it’s worth examining the legal war that has turned the campaign for independence into an anemic symbolic gesture.

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The philosophy of indecision — why Napthine still has a chance

Despite damning polls, undecided voters may still swing the Victorian state election in Napthine’s favour.

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Victorian Liberals face identity crisis as the working class turns blue

As ideology replaces class, the Liberal Party needs to figure out exactly just what it believes in.

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Victoria’s Nationals the mouse that roared

The Nationals’ position in Victoria is very different to that in other states, as the party polls at only 3% or 4%. Will the party keep its kingmaker status this state election?

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Movin’ to the country: Napthine’s rural strategy

Most pundits and pollies discount rural seats, but country Victoria could be the crucial difference Denis Napthine’s Coalition government needs to retain power.

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Why the Greens are eating the ALP’s lunch: a tale of two trivia nights

Labor is relying on direct mail-outs and TV spots, but the Greens’ grassroots approach could give the minor party a swag of inner-Melbourne seats.

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Why Fairfax vastly overestimates micro-parties’ chances in Victoria

Pundits are hyping the chances of micro-parties gaining seats in Victoria’s upper house at November’s election. Don’t listen to them.

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