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‘I know why social care isn’t being fixed’, Tortoise, 11 March 2021

It was the cheese that settled it. Until then I’d made all sorts of excuses. “They’re just getting old.” “They’ve never been the most organised of people.” “Everyone has the odd mood-swing.” “If only they actually wore the bloody hearing … Continue reading

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‘The Conservatives’, UK in a Changing Europe, Beyond Brexit Report, 19 January 2021.

WHERE HAVE WE COME FROM? The Conservative Party went into the 2016 referendum with more of its MPs supporting remaining in the EU than leaving. Once voters had spoken, however, the majority of Tories at Westminster were prepared to respect … Continue reading

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‘Is the Brexit war finally over?’, 27 December 2020

Lieutenant Hiroo Onoda of the Imperial Japanese army took some persuading before he would agree to hand over his sword, his rifle, and the dagger with which he intended to commit suicide should he ever be captured by the Americans.  … Continue reading

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‘How bad is it for Boris?’, Unherd, 18 December 2020

There was little fanfare as the anniversary of the Tory Party’s 2019 landslide slipped by. There was some interesting commentary, but not much back-slapping among the faithful — what, after all, was there to celebrate? Who could possibly have predicted how … Continue reading

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‘Are lockdown-scepticism and Euroscepticism linked?’, UK in a Changing Europe, 10 November 2020 (with Alan Wager)

What do lockdown-scepticism and Euroscepticism have in common? At first glance, it’s unclear why there should be a link between views on how we should handle the public health emergency posed by Covid-19 and attitudes to Britain leaving the EU. … Continue reading

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‘Cummings, Covid and the British Establishment’, CUP’s fifteeneightyfour Blog, 3 June 2020

By the Establishment, I do not only mean the centres of official power—though they are certainly part of it—but rather the whole matrix of official and social relations within which power is exercised. The exercise of power in the United … Continue reading

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‘What can the Conservatives’ 2019 election win tell us about their current leadership?’, OUP Blog, 9 November 2020 (with Sam Power and Paul Webb)

It’s an old truism that a week is a long time in politics, which would probably make 11 months an absolute age during even the most halcyon times. So, reflecting on the lessons to be drawn from the victory of … Continue reading

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‘Northern Research Group: faction or tendency?’, UK in a Changing Europe, 28 October 2020

‘You’re joking. Not another one!’ – not just Brenda from Bristol in the spring of 2017, reacting to Theresa May calling a snap election, but also Tim Bale (whose dad was from Bristol) in the autumn of 2020 on hearing … Continue reading

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‘Tory Party conference and the missing B-word’, UK in a Changing Europe, 9 October 2020 (with Alan Wager)

This year’s party conference season has lacked the usual magic ingredients. No warm white wine or cold coffee. No free gifts from the Government of Gibraltar or the Royal Mail or one of the other random corporate giants who’ve paid … Continue reading

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‘How patriotic Labour could crush Boris’, Unherd, 21 September 2020

There’s an uphill struggle, and then there’s a mountain to climb. The task of winning back the so-called Red Wall seats that Labour lost to the Tories at last year’s general election probably falls somewhere between the two, depending in … Continue reading

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