Category: UK Politics

Analyses of Brexit have misleadingly pitted the white, Northern working-class against London's liberal metropolitans. (Photo: Pexels)

Is it Grim Up North?

The Brexit binary of the liberal metropolitan elite versus the Northern white working-class is false and harmful to British politics. Mainstream political discourse tell us that Brexit has revealed a divide between London’s “metropolitan...

Jeremy Corbyn has failed to take responsibility for recent by-election defeats, despite his low approval ratings holding his party back. (Photo: Telegraph)

Copeland and Stoke: Learning the Lessons

After an historic defeat in Cumbria and a narrow victory in Stoke during last week’s by-elections, Antony Tucker examines where Labour go from here. There are five stages to by-election grief: 1) Denial –...

Politics is no longer Blairite but the centre is still the place to be. (Photo: PA)

You’re Right, So I Left

Even after Brexit, elections are still won in the centre-ground. The centre can and does hold – as it has since 1945. For a narcissist, Tony Blair had a remarkable knack for understanding the...

Outgoing Labour MP Jamie Reed swaps the backbench for a position at Sellafield nuclear power plant. Photo: PA

Down but Not Out: Labour’s Prospects

2017 will be a tough year for Labour but they shouldn’t be written off. If they can hold fast to their principles while taking advantage of the turbulent political climate, hope remains. The resignation...

No Such Thing as a “Progressive Alliance”

With figures across the left calling for an electoral pact between “progressive” parties, Antony Tucker says why this isn’t a realistic or worthwhile idea. Over the last few months, many figures across the left...

Legalising cannabis would lead to regulation and a safer product (Photo: Associated Press)

Wake Up and Smell the Cannabis

Theresa May’s attitude towards drug policy is backward – the legalisation of cannabis could provide the UK with many economic and social benefits. Let’s end the war on drugs. More and more countries are...

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Directly Destroying Democracy

As we have learned from issues surrounding Brexit, the UK’s recent obsession with direct democracy is unhealthy. For the sake of stability, we must return to a strong parliamentary, representative democracy. With recent news...

Having been sacked by Theresa May, Nicky Morgan and George Osborne have complex, but viable, ways to regain power. (Photo: Anthony Devlin)

Can the fallen rise again?

With a large number of former Conservative ministers now languishing on the backbenches, it will take a high degree of political nous for them to return to power. On 13 July 2016, Theresa May,...

A new Conservative Party? Is that even a good thing? (Image: Seattlepi)

Look to the right. It’s empty.

A key feature of Western liberalism must always be small and limited government. Theresa May’s shift to centrism means that no party wishes to uphold this important principle any longer. Since the shift of the...

Tony Blair has faced more than a decade of criticism over his conduct in the run up to the Iraq War. (Photo: Stefan Rousseau)

The Crumbling Centrist Consensus

Divided and powerless, centrists have their leaders to blame for the immense unpopularity of their ideology. On 8 November, centrism was dealt its most savage blow yet, as Donald Trump was elected to serve...

“The Doughnut”, GCHQ headquarters in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. (Photo: GCHQ 2014)

I Spy

The Snoopers’ Charter is a completely disproportionate infringement on privacy. What is worse, however, is that it is passing with little opposition and this sets an extremely dangerous precedent. The Investigatory Powers Bill has...

The fierce battle between "Blairites" and "Corbynites" is irrelevant to most of Labour's traditional supporters. (Photo: The Guardian)

Get These Parties Started

The United Kingdom needs an entirely new set of political parties to represent the real divisions in today’s society. To the surprise of no-one, Jeremy Corbyn fended off Owen Smith’s leadership challenge, cementing his...

Pictured above, Corbyn and Lucas hitting it off. Or perhaps not. (Photo: The Guardian)

The Rainbow Coalition

Back in June, the Green Party called for a “progressive alliance” of all parties on the left, and they want it in Richmond too. With the re-election of Jeremy Corbyn, here’s why that wouldn’t...

Elected the same way, Trump and Corbyn pose the same danger. (Image: IB Times)

Personality Trumps Policy

Totalitarianism has, in our history, been derived from a focus on personality rather than policy. Many current politicians, while not necessarily totalitarian, have shown that we could be throwing ourselves on a dangerous road...

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