Category: UK Politics

A relic of a previously outward looking country? (Photo: Home Office/PA)

The Slow Death of Cosmopolitanism

The anti-immigration rhetoric at the heart of the vote for Brexit has become symptomatic of a wider isolationist trend in British culture. We live in an ever more globalised world. As any good economics...

Forget Left & Right: Now is a Time for Change

The EU referendum highlighted the true fault lines in British society. Now it’s time for our two main political parties to reflect these. What happened on June 23 was a wholesale rejection of the...

Owen Smith launching his bid to win the Labour leadership – seeking to unify both the party and ultimately the country, starting in his hometown and constituency. (Photo: Guardian/ Getty Images)

Owen Smith: Saving Labour

With Angela Eagle’s withdrawal from the Labour leadership race, Antony Tucker explains why Owen Smith is the best choice facing the party. It’s on: with Angela Eagle’s withdrawal, Owen Smith has become the sole...

Labour needs to have an attentive discussion, not a petty shouting match. (Photo: The Mirror)

Labour Needs Nuance

By thinking of everyone and everything in terms of being “Blairite” or “Corbynite”, Labour risks succumbing to a black-and-white view of the party and wider politics which the country neither understands nor cares for....

With the UK crashing out of the EU by popular vote, the relationship between ourselves and our neighbours is in doubt. The left must lead lest the right wins every battle and the war. (Photo: Manchester Evening News)

Brexit: Reaping the Whirlwind

With the defeat of the Remain campaign in the recent EU referendum, the left has to learn its lessons and begin the fightback against Britain’s lurch towards the intolerant right. Britain has voted to...

Corbyn’s massive mandate is not a guarantee of electoral success. (Photo: The Mirror)

Challengers Beware

Corbyn’s politics are good. His leadership not so. He has to go if Labour is to win, but a coup solves nothing – gentle coercion is the answer. Corbyn has to go: his failure...

Jeremy Corbyn is supposed to inspiring hope within the Labour party. (Photo: PA)

Standing By, Not Standing Up

Brexit has shown Jeremy Corbyn to be an elitist seller of magic beans. But for Corbynistas, the sand looks to be a welcoming place for one’s head. Britain is divided, the Prime Minister has...

The EU referendum involves a very special kind of decision: ultimate power is at stake. (Photo: www.cicero-group.com)

Stand Up and Be Counted

We need representative democracy, but when ultimate power is at stake, it is the people who must decide where it lies. Unless you’ve spent the last twelve months with your fingers in your ears,...

Vote Leave’s odd coalition of toxic characters is one reason that Britain will vote to Remain in the EU. (Photo: New Statesman)

Why Britain will Vote to Remain

The campaign to leave the EU has been filled with toxic rhetoric that has put off left-wing voters, argues Sam Glover. What campaign can unite Donald Trump, George Galloway, Iain Duncan Smith and Vladimir...

Party donors currently have too much power in politics: money should not talk louder than popular support. (Photo: BBC/Getty Images)

People Power, Not Pounds and Pence

Publically funded political parties could be part of the answer to the present mistrust and corruption in politics. It’s time to ban donors. Who pays for politics? It may seem like an odd question,...

The government’s campaign of fear is the dishonourable way to win the referendum, but the evidence suggests it’s working. (Photo: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA)

Project Fear Is Working

Scaring the electorate into voting for “Remain” may be wrong, but it is working nonetheless. Having witnessed the passion and intense level of debate during Scotland’s independence referendum in 2014, it seemed the rather...

Is Jeremy Corbyn really set to be a revolutionary political leader? (Photo: PA)

The New Corbynomics

Jeremy Corbyn’s mandate from the Labour Party membership was founded on the “new politics,” but Labour’s State of the Economy Conference may well have signalled a relapse to the old agenda. “Wealth creation is...

The SNP officially supports remaining in Europe but could leaving be a huge boost to their independence campaign? (Photo: The Independent)

The EU Referendum: Ajockalypse Now

The SNP has threatened to hold another independence referendum if Scotland is dragged out of the EU by England. The consequences of ignoring Scotland’s voice in this debate have never been direr. Whilst a...

Syrian refugees strike at the platform of Budapest Keleti railway station, 4 September 2015. (Photo: Mstyslav Chernov)

Tipping Point

David Cameron devoted copious amounts of time to negotiating the terms of his insignificant EU deal, yet with public concern growing over the worsening refugee crisis, perhaps his focus should have been elsewhere As...

This year’s Scottish parliamentary election was the fifth since Holyrood’s formation. (Photo: Getty)

Holyrood’s Rude Awakenings

As the dust settles from Thursday’s Scottish Parliament elections, Ryan Curran looks at how Scottish politics is no longer simply a matter of left vs right, but rather one of nationalism vs unionism. Last...

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