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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

KFC Kenya will start sourcing potatoes from local producers amid fries shortage

KFC Kenya is set to start using potatoes from local farmers by the end of this year. The Nyandarua County Government in Kenya and Kentucky Fried Chicken held a meeting to look for ways that will allow the local potato...

Pepsi rolls out its first-ever donut in collaboration with Randy’s

Pepsi Cola announced the release of its first-ever donut in partnership with Randys. This new treat from the soft drink manufacturer will be available for a limited time, so fans must get them as soon as possible. As...

Chevron, Total energy companies withdrawing from Myanmar

Chevron and TotalEnergies are two of the leading energy and oil companies, and it was revealed late last week that both are pulling out of Myanmar. They made the decision to leave the country due to unrestrained human...

GM reportedly investing $6.5B and creating 4,000 new jobs at Michigan plants

General Motors is reportedly set to make an announcement, and it is about a major investment and incentive package that the state board is expected to approve next week. The investments worth around $6.5 billion are for...

Politics

Ivanka Trump accused of 'misleading financial statements' to federal government and Deutsche Bank

Donald Trumps daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump is now under even more legal scrutiny in the ongoing investigations into the Trump Organization. New York Attorney General Letitia James claimed in a court filing...

Afghanistan: Pentagon releases footage of Kabul drone strike

One of the criticized aspects of the US military withdrawal from Afghanistan was the drone strike that ended up killing civilians including children. The Pentagon has now made public the footage of the failed drone...

US House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer echoes Nancy Pelosi's stance on lawmakers trading stocks

One of the issues that have emerged in Congress is of its members trading stocks despite concerns of conflicts of interest. US House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer echoed the stance of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, saying that...

Kamala Harris says administration will continue to fight to pass voting rights legislation following Senate vote

The recent Senate vote on voting rights did not succeed in advancing voting rights legislation in the chamber. US Vice President Kamala Harris said that the administration would continue to push for voting rights...

Science

S. Korean scientists develop protein absorbent that collects rare earth elements from steel slag

A Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology research team has developed a protein absorbent that can collect rare earth elements from steel slag, an industrial by-product. The research team succeeded in selectively...

DouxMatok and Blommer to produce chocolate products with less sugar by enhancing sweetness perception

Blommer Chocolate Co. has entered a commercial partnership with Israeli-based DouxMatok to produce and sell a portfolio of chocolate products with less sugar, made possible by enhancing the perception of...

Duke University study reveals gastrointestinal tract distinguishes between Coke Original and Coke Zero

Duke University researchers revealed that the gastrointestinal tract, and not the tongue, distinguishes between Coca-Cola Original and Coca-Cola Zero Sugar. According to their published study, neuropod cells in the...

Keio University doctors use iPS-derived cells to treat spinal cord injury

Keio University researchers have successfully transplanted into a patient with a severe spinal cord injury two million neural progenitor cells derived from other peoples iPS cells as part of a clinical study, offering hope...

Virtual moon landing experience offered at Tottori Sand Dunes

Tokyo-based Amulapo, Inc. is offering a tour at the Tottori Sand Dunes for experiencing a simulated landing on the lunar surface for up to 20 participants on Saturday nights until the end of March, during good...

Technology

Valve says Steam Deck will support games with Easy Anti-Cheat

The start of Steam Deck deliveries is expected to happen soon, and Valve has a new update for game developers that use Easy Anti-Cheat. The company says this progress should make it easier for developers to add support for...

‘Dark Souls’ PvP servers are offline as FromSoftware addresses RCE exploit

Over the last few days, avid Dark Souls players have likely stumbled upon the reported remote code execution (RCE) exploit. FromSoftware and Bandai Namco have finally addressed the issue and, due to the nature of this...

Samsung Galaxy S22 price leak hints the Ultra model’s lower RAM options

A new leak from a reliable source has debunked speculations that the Galaxy S22 series would be cheaper. While the starting prices for the upcoming models are unchanged, the biggest adjustment appears to be for the Ultra...

‘Gran Turismo 7’ may require nearly 90GB of storage space before the day one patch

Modern video games have been known to have large file sizes at launch, and it appears that the same can also be said for the upcoming Gran Turismo 7. The PlayStation-exclusive racing game is launching in a little over a...
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