Tagged: Brexit

Jeremy Corbyn at a recent Newcastle leadership rally, one of many rallies held in support of the leader. (Photo: Julian Hamilton/Daily Mirror)

Say ‘Yes’ to Jez

As an inevitable September victory for Jeremy Corbyn awaits, Labour must move forward more united than ever. The deep chasm dividing the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) and Labour membership continues to widen, as Jeremy...

Reaction of leave supporters at the Sunderland vote count. (Photo: North News & Pictures Ltd)

Brexit Britain Needs Devolution

The Brexit vote was a protest against Westminster and demand for change. If any political party wants to win in post-Brexit Britain, they need to show serious commitment to the devolution of powers to...

Michael Gove (centre) in the Sky News studio, where he made the infamous remark about experts (Photo: Zimbio)

Brexit, Brains & Building Bridges

Vote Leave’s revolt against established experts was not a revolt against knowledge or critical thinking, but against elitism and the centralisation of power. “I think people in this country have had enough of experts,”...

Norbert Hofer of Freedom Party of Austria could still become President. (Photo: The Daily Telegraph)

Europe: Populists Surge, Leaders Dither

Western politics is increasingly looking inwards. This is an alarming development. The continent’s populists are triumphant: Ukip has Brexit, Le Pen’s National Front wants “Frexit”, and Geert Wilder’s Dutch Freedom party are not far from “Nexit”. Meanwhile...

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...

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....

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...

Lexiters claim there is a progressive way to lead Britain out of the EU; this is simply not supported by any evidence. (Photo: Nick Wright)

“Lexit” is a Lie

Many on the left propose a supposedly progressive argument for leaving the European Union: but on closer inspection, this is nothing but a dangerous fantasy. “Lexit” has become a buzzword on the British left;...

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...

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...

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...

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