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‘Boris Johnson should call a general election now if he wants to win’, Metro, 27 June 2019.

Boris Johnson won the Tory leadership by promising party members anything and everything they wanted to hear. It’s also pretty obvious from the flurry of splash-the-cash policy announcements he’s already made that he’s going to try to pull off the … Continue reading

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‘What Boris Johnson and the Tory right have learned from Antonio Gramsci’, New Statesman, 26 July 2019.

I first began taking politics seriously in the mid-1980s. At that time, the Italian political prisoner and left-wing philosopher Antonio Gramsci was particularly fashionable – especially, I recall, in the pages of Marxism Today Through the lens of Gramsci’s theories, former Marxism Today editor Martin Jacques … Continue reading

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‘The PM we shouldn’t write off’, Unherd, 19 July 2019.

The current Tory leadership contest is sheer agony – especially for those of us able to call to mind the calibre of some of those who have steered the party and the country in times gone by. There’s one man, … Continue reading

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‘Tory leadership contest: What’s on the minds of party members?’, BBC, 5 July 2019.

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‘How the Tories became a Brexit death cult in thrall to Boris Johnson’, Independent, 27 June 2019.

Has the Conservative Party become a death cult? A few years ago that would not have been a question that it would have occurred to anyone even to ask. But after the publication of YouGov’s most recent polling of its grassroots members, it’s … Continue reading

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‘People are unpredictable at predicting what they will do’ (with Phil Cowley), Times, 27 June 2019.

How good are you at predicting what you’ll do in the future? Or even remembering what you’ve recently done – particularly when it comes to politics? Not always that good, if our research is anything to go by. Prior to … Continue reading

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‘Tory leadership: Who gets to choose the UK’s next prime minister?’, BBC, 23 June 2019.

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