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‘Britain has never been more European’, Politico, 28 May 2019.

Britain, welcome to Europe. Nigel Farage’s upstart Brexit Party — which ran away with 32 percent of the vote and is set to gain 28 seats in the European Parliament — has blown the United Kingdom’s political system to pieces. And paradoxically, it’s … Continue reading

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‘May’s Fatal Flaw’, UnHerd, 24 May, 2019.

After the initial surge of sympathy provoked in my sentimental old soul by Theresa May’s tears at the end of her speech in Downing Street, all I could think of were Oscar Wilde’s words on Charles Dickens’ The Old Curiosity Shop: … Continue reading

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‘Why we all need a share in capitalism’, UnHerd, 13 May 2019.

Was Margaret Thatcher right? Not about everything, obviously. Only the true-Blue keepers of the flame believe that, surely? But was she right about ‘popular capitalism‘, the intuitively plausible idea formed by Tories in heady days of the Eighties that held … Continue reading

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‘Is Corbyn doing the country a favour?’, UnHerd, 3 May 2019.

Jeremy Corbyn is not for turning. Swinging Labour behind another referendum seems to make sense on so many levels. Yet, for the moment anyway, he simply won’t do it – to the obvious frustration not just of #PeoplesVote fans but … Continue reading

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‘Let’s junk our electoral system’, UnHerd, 19 March 2019.

“The crisis”, according to Antonio Gramsci, “consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.” Sure, those lines were penned (in prison as … Continue reading

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‘Both the Conservatives and Labour are in thrall to member power’, FT, 25 May 2019.

“It’s a funny old world,” observed Margaret Thatcher as she was forced by her party to step down as Tory leader and UK prime minister back in 1990. She’d won the Conservatives three elections on the trot — two of … Continue reading

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‘Tory leadership: Who gets to choose the UK’s next prime minister?’, BBC, 25 May 2019.

With Theresa May finally on her way out of Downing Street, a Tory leadership contest that has been bubbling under for months is now starting. It’s a two-stage process. The first sees votes among Conservative MPs designed to whittle the … Continue reading

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