I am the Pro-Director (Research) and the Harold Laski Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science.  

In September 2021 I will take up the Stein Rokkan Chair in Comparative Politics at the European University Institute, in Florence.

I am a Fellow of the British Academy, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

My main areas of research and teaching are comparative, European, and EU political behaviour and institutions – in particular parties and party systems, public opinion and voting behaviour, electoral systems and the design of democracy, and legislative behaviour.

I remember being at a Leeds-Forest game in late 70s when the whole stadium stood and made monkey noises when Viv Anderson got the ball. Now, games start with players showing their hostility to racism and discrimination. And there are those who think this is a retrograde step 🤷🏾‍♂️

@simonjhix Am told the power to nominate Bishops is now curtailed but the PM rep still has a say in appointing Archbishop of Canterbury. But I agree with the Welsh a disestablshed CoE makes increasing sense particularly the CoE Bishops in Lords but I’m not an Anglican.

@simonjhix Just to be sure I double checked, and it is indeed here, not repealed. Section 18 of the Roman Catholic Relief Act 1829: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/Geo4/10/7/section/18

UK has a non-Protestant PM for the first time (and don’t say “what about Disraeli?” as he converted). This should provoke a debate about a real separation of church and state in the UK, eg. we now have a Catholic PM nominating Anglican bishops! https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jun/12/catholic-prime-minister-no-10-watershed-moment-boris-johnson?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

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