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‘The Surreal Contest to Succeed Theresa May’, Foreign Affairs, 17 June 2019

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‘Boris Johnson supporters want no-deal Brexit and less talk of climate change – new survey of party members reveals’, The Conversation (with Paul Webb), 11 June 2019.

By the end of July the UK will have a new prime minister. They will be chosen not by the electorate but by a group of around 160,000 members of the Conservative Party. This selectorate gets to choose between the … Continue reading

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‘How Farage took control’, Unherd, 7 June 2019.

Politics is like poker. You don’t always need that strong a hand in order to win. You just have to convince your opponents that you do. The influence of Europe’s – and in particular Britain’s – populist radical Right parties … Continue reading

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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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