Wednesday, July 12, 2006
EXCLUSIVE: David Butler Retires From British General Election Books
I can exclusively reveal that the doyen of political academics, Dr David Butler has written his last book on British General Elections in the Nuffield series and that he will be replaced by Philip Cowley from Nottingham University. David has been writing the books since 1950, most recently with Professor Dennis Kavanagh, but he has now decided to take things a little easier. At 82, he can be forgiven. I think David Butler was the first political academic ever to have a Guardian editorial devoted to him, which you can read HERE.
Dennis Kavanagh's new partner for the next British General Election Of... book will be Philip Cowley, a reader in politics and government at the University of Nottingham. Philip also runs the Revolts website, which details a history of parliamentary rebellions. It's safe to say that Philip has a very well developed sense of humour (for a political academic!) and will bring a very fresh approach to the book. Please don't hold it against him that he was once a judge on A Song for Europe... You can see his articles on Comment is Free HERE.