Tagged: Brexit

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...

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Three Cheers for 2016

When people chalk up 2016 as a bad year, they are lacking a fundamental sense of perspective. 2016 has been a fantastic year! This is not a sentiment you will hear expressed very widely;...

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...

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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...

Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders could be the next two figures from the populist right to come to power. (Photo: La Capital)

Right on Top

The populist right is transforming from an insurgent to a dominant force in western politics. Its legacy will be highly mixed. It has become almost a cliché over the past few years to talk...

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 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...

“Marmitegate” clearly wasn’t enough. (Photo: PA)

Taking the Brexit Cake

The United Kingdom is being pelted with news that only stand to reinforce the idea that Brexit is hurting us, but it seems the government would rather remain oblivious. The United Kingdom has been...

Heathrow airport: the UK’s door to the world post-Brexit (Photo: HeathrowHub.com)

Heathrow, spread your wings

With Heathrow expansion approved by the government, furore is coming from left and right; objectors need to recognise it was the only real option. Fifty years ago, Harold Wilson set up a commission to...

Campaigning for a lost country. (Photo: Reuters)

Working Class Losers

The left-behind are the result of hard problems, not organised malignancy. The problems of Brexit are likely to worsen their lot. On the steps of 10 Downing Street, Theresa May promised a government “not...

The Commonwealth has 4 of the world’s top 15 economies; the same as the EU if you don’t count the UK (Photo: Twitter – Daniel Hannan)

Common Wealth

For too long, Britain has neglected her Commonwealth allies. After Brexit, it’s time to change that. Brexit means Brexit. We, “the 48 per cent”, can mourn as much as we like, but Britain voted...

Today’s circumstances do not call for three months of further uncertainty. (Photo: CNN)

Snap Election: All Risk, No Reward

The government must focus on negotiating Britain’s exit from the European Union. That’s why a general election is the last thing anybody needs. Back in 2007, in the midst of a third consecutive Labour...

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