Q-Step Podcast - How to Win Arguments with Numbers
How can we use numbers and statistics to understand the modern world? Find out in this podcast from the University of Kent's Q-Step centre. Each episode we talk to expert researchers about their work and expertise. In this series we follow the build up to the 2017 General Election
Series 1: 2017 General Election
#5: Why Conservative policy could increase child poverty, and how the UK compares for families.
Dr Tina Haux [Recorded - 01/06/2017]
Could the Conservatives’ policy increase child poverty in the UK? Why does the UK place less emphasis on family policy than other countries? And what would a good family policy look like in the UK?
In the second of a series of podcasts focusing on parties' policies on particular issues, we discuss all this and more with Lecturer in Social Policy and Q-Step Centre Director Dr. Tina Haux.
#4: Could Theresa May really get a hung parliament, and what makes a good poll?
Josh Townsley and Jack Bridgewater [Recorded - 01/06/2017]
Last night YouGov published a controversial study which predicted a hung parliament for the 2017 election (i.e. no party with enough seats for a majority). While Labour have been steadilly improving in the polls, this blows everything else out of the water. We explore how seriously we should take the model.
In a packed episode Josh Townsley and Jack Bridgewater also explain what a poll actually is, and what makes a good poll. On top of all this, we highlight some constituencies to watch on election night,
#3: Brexit Policy Special - The Strategy Behind Parties' Brexit Plans
Josh Townsley and Jack Bridgewater [Recorded 24/05/2017]
Why has Theresa May turned from quiet remainer to hard leaver? Why does Jeremy Corbyn face an uphill battle to unite Labour over Brexit? Has the Liberal Democrat gamble to gain the support of millions of frustrated remainers paid off?
In the first of series of podcasts focusing on parties' policies on particular issues, we discuss all this and more.
#2: Can a liberal alliance work? And a question from Joe's mum...
Josh Townsley and Jack Bridgewater [Recorded 24/05/17]
Can a liberal alliance between Labour and the liberal democrats succeed in keeping out the conservatives? Have the polls swung enough in the last few days to give labour a chance? And why can we trust the experts that say Jeremy Corbyn won't win when they said the same thing about Trump?
In our second polls podcast, we answer all this, as well as taking a question from co-host Joe's mum!
#1: Why listen to polls and what should Jeremy Corbyn do next?
Josh Townsley and Jack Bridgewater [Recorded 17/05/2017]
Why we should still take polls seriously? Are Labour still in with a chance? What should Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May's strategies be in the final few weeks of the race?
In the first episode of How to Win Arguments with Numbers we discuss all this and more with Josh Townsley and Jack Bridgewater, PhD candidates in Politics and International Relations.