Monthly Archives: December 2019

‘A warning to Tory rebels: running as an independent MP is harder than it looks’, Financial Times, 1 October 2019.

Going it alone is rarely as easy as we think. That’s almost certainly true as far as a no-deal Brexit is concerned. But it’s also something that needs to be borne in mind by the MPs who were kicked out of the … Continue reading

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‘Corbyn’s conference win may see Labour caught in Brexit Star Wars crusher’, UK in a Changing Europe, 26 September 2019.

The Labour Party owes the UK Supreme Court – big time. Before its president, Lady Hale, delivered the Court’s bombshell verdict on the government’s unlawful prorogation of parliament on Tuesday morning, the mood in the party had matched the dreadful weather that … Continue reading

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‘Boris Johnson vs. Donald Trump: Why the British prime minister is worse for democracy’, NBC, 26 September 2019.

Who knows whether it was merely a coincidence that, just a few hours after flying home from meeting President Donald Trump in New York, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson put on one of the most insidiously poisonous performances I have ever had the … Continue reading

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‘Labour conference: Jeremy Corbyn battles it out with members over Brexit’, The Conversation, 22 September 2019.

Labour’s conference in Liverpool last year was essentially about defusing a bomb that threatened to go off over Brexit. And it looks like this year will be the same. That’s because there continues to be a major mismatch between what … Continue reading

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‘Swinson’s Article 50 pledge flirts with disaster – but it could end up grabbing “revenge votes” for the Lib Dems’, Independent, 17 September 2019.

There’s a lot to be said for clarity. You’ll know this if you saw the clip of Labour’s Emily Thornberry on Question Time a week or so back tortuously trying, and failing, to explain her party’s Brexit policy. So the Lib Dems’ … Continue reading

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‘White, male and middle class: why Britain’s political parties must change’, Guardian, 17 September 2019.

Regardless of the recent endless political convulsions and intrigue, one thing is certain: party conference season is going ahead as usual. Whether that’s a cause for celebration among the MPs and journalists schlepping to events in Bournemouth, Brighton, Manchester, Newport and Aberdeen in quick succession remains to … Continue reading

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‘A dire warning for our old political system’, Unherd, 12 September 2019.

Far more political parties get their obituaries written prematurely than actually pop their clogs. That’s not to say that the worst never happens. We do have the odd example of a so-called extinction event. The paradigmatic case in point being … Continue reading

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‘British PM Boris Johnson is gambling everything on a ‘no-deal’ Brexit. Will it work?’, NBC, 4 September 2019.

So, you’ve finally landed the job you’ve been dreaming about your whole life. But, damn it, there’s a catch. In order to land it, you had to promise a whole bunch of people something big. And now it turns out … Continue reading

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