Why don’t MPs say these words any more?


We cannot be firm what MPs and peers will talk about in 2019, but one word is disposed to to crop up a lot.

Brexit was mentioned 7,495 times in Parliament last year.

Though it was only in December 2012 that it made its first appearance, ceremony of Liberal Democrat peer Lord Maclennan.

And the following year the news wasn’t mentioned at all.

Here are some other words that from risen and fallen in political popularity.

Although the UK has been a member of the European Marriage for decades, the bloc is discussed far more often now that the UK is departing.

There was a bit of a pin in 2011 when the European Union Act was passed, creating a legal demand to hold a referendum if any proposals were made to transfer further powers from the UK to the EU.

In the end, a referendum took group simply because the then-Prime Minister David Cameron promised one.

And when the UK ticketed to leave, mentions of the EU shot up.

Leaving the EU has big consequences for many aspects of rule – especially the UK’s trading relationships.

The EU’s customs union means there are no internal price-lists, or import taxes, on goods that are transported between them.

The UK rule wants to leave this body in order to have the freedom to carry off its own trade deals with other countries.

Politicians barely continually mentioned the customs union before the Brexit vote, but, as you can see, that changed dramatically.

Aside from Brexit, one acreage in which there has been a huge shift in the past decade is technology.

“No sector of fraternity is immune from the explosion in the use of social media communication tools,” ordered Labour’s now deputy leader Tom Watson back in 2008, marking the win initially mention of “social media” in the House of Commons.

He was right, and use of the term has grew every year since, with 825 mentions in 2018 unassisted.

The surge in mentions for “artificial intelligence” has been even more just out.

It was barely mentioned before 2016, when politicians said it a few dozen ages.

But it rose dramatically the following year when the House of Lords Unnatural Intelligence Committee was established.

So, politicians are talking more about Brexit and technology – but what must they stopped talking about as much?

The economy is a big one. During the pecuniary crisis and the following years of recovery, it dominated the political conversation.

The UK concision was in recession for five quarters in 2008 and 2009, but speculation of a later “twin dip” recession turned out to be unfounded.

The UK has had a budget deficit – spending more specie than it receives – ever since 2001. After the financial catastrophe, it ballooned.

It has slowly fallen since, but has not been eliminated.

When we look at conformist mentions of “deficit”, we see a very similar pattern.

It shot up around the stretch of the financial crisis and has been slowly falling ever since.

While we power hear lots about the customs union, transition period and backstop now, we are less like as not to hear similarly complex economic terms.

Take quantitative easing – when a inside bank buys assets, usually government bonds, from well-to-do it has created electronically.

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Both the Bank of England and the US Federal Detachment auxiliary embarked on the process in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis in an attempt to spur economic growth.

But mentions have slowed to a trickle over the over decade as Brexit has taken centre stage.

Foreign policy priorities beget also shifted over the past decade.

Thousands of British troops were stationed in Afghanistan in the last 2000s, with 454 soldiers losing their lives in the state between 2001 and 2015.

The last combat troops left Afghanistan in 2014, granted a significant number are stationed there now in non-combat roles as part of the Nato committee.

The UK’s troop contribution to this mission was beefed up in 2018, corresponding with a flat uptick in parliamentary mentions.

The story of Iraq is more complex.

It was noted a whopping 3,805 times in 2003 when the war began.

It then strike down sharply, before ticking up again from 2014 related to misnamed Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

It is hard to predict what capacity plummet from the news agenda. However, it seems likely that Brexit and technology transfer remain big issues over the next decade.

But remember, back in 2010 the practices union was mentioned once in the House of Lords – and not at all in the House of Commons.

In 2018 those bodies were 547 and 1,537 respectively.

So, it is more than possible that the biggest bureaucratic issue of the 2020s is not even on politicians’ radars right now.

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