Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Quick quiz on UK elections

You will probably have to read the whole BBC post for this quiz.

  1. What the heck is a by-election? Do other countries have them?
  2. Most comparative textbooks make a point that turnout in British elections is generally higher than turnout in US elections. Is the 28% turnout in this election an anomaly?
  3. Where is Wythenshawe and Sale East?
  4. Is the Labour victory a sign of change in British politics? Why or why not?
  5. Is the second-place finish of UKIP a sign of change in British politics? Why or why not?
  6. What does it mean that "the Liberal Democrats lost their deposit"?
  7. So, what are BNP and "Monster Raving Loony"?


Wythenshawe and Sale East by-election: Labour wins
Labour has held on to its seat in the Wythenshawe and Sale East by-election with a comfortable majority while UKIP beat the Tories to second place.
Campaigner Kane
Michael Kane won with 13,261 votes, beating UKIP's John Bickley, with 4,301, in second.

Rev Daniel Critchlow, for the Tories, came third on 3,479 votes, and Lib Dem Mary Di Mauro, came fourth on 1,176…

Mr Kane said: "The people of Wythenshawe and Sale East have sent a very clear message they want a government to stand up for us all - a one-nation Labour government…

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