Invisible enemies, wars without winners: when 'khaki elections' fail.
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MORRISON, J. 2017. Invisible enemies, wars without winners: when 'khaki elections' fail. In Thorsen, E., Jackson, D. and Lilleker, D. (eds.) UK election analysis 2017: media, voters and the campaign; early reflections from leading academics [online]. Poole: Bournemouth University Centre for the study of journalism, culture and community, page 86. Available from: http://bit.ly/UKElectionAnalysis2017_Thorsen-Jackson-and-Lilleker_v1
This article argues that, in the aftermath of the Manchester and London terror attacks, a concerted attempt was made by Theresa May and her senior ministers to re-frame the coming contest as a 'khaki election', which conflated ongoing concerns about security with a wider, more militarised, conception of law and order. It argues that this project was ultimately doomed to failure, not least because, unlike in previous khaki elections, the opposing force was an invisible 'enemy within' which was impossible to defeat in any meaningful sense.