How to survive in an over-complicated world

12 Mar

In general, the nineties were an optimistic decade. People could read Francis Fukayama’s The Last Man and the End of History and nod along, or watch Friends and Richard Curtis films without vomiting. Bill Clinton’s smug face was plastered across American TV screens and Tony Blair was beginning his rise to power. Throughout the decade, […]

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Labour paid the electoral price for failing to take several chances to put Brexit to bed

5 Jan

In 2016, workers voted to leave the EU. Three and a half years later, they confirmed that decision by voting Tory. And they were right to do so. Labour lost, heavily; it was foiled by both its strategy and its tactics. A general election called before Brexit was delivered was bound to be a Brexit […]

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How Boris Johnson helped change Leo Varadkar’s attitude to Brexit

16 Dec

People, not policies, win elections, and last week’s general election in the UK was no different. Boris Johnson’s clear message won over the British electorate, allowing him to win a majority at Westminster. With this majority comes cause for celebration on both sides of the Irish Sea. This was evident from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s coast-to-coast […]

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Labour’s refusal to respect the referendum result is losing them life-long voters in places like Crewe

9 Dec

“I have voted Labour all my life, but not this time.” I have lost count of the number of times people have said that to me this week. I am campaigning hard in one of the top marginal seats in this election – Crewe and Nantwich. There were just 48 votes in it last time […]

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A missed opportunity? Revisiting the euro referendum that never was from a historical perspective

3 Dec

In 1997 all the main parties promised a referendum on whether Britain should join the euro, but eventually Labour ruled out membership. Anti-euro campaigners went on to hone their arguments in the 2016 referendum. Stuart Smedley (King’s College London) suggests that this may have been a missed opportunity for the government to tackle Eurosceptic narratives. … Continued

How might the EU react to the possible outcomes of the general election?

29 Nov

The upcoming general election may well turn out to be a de facto second referendum on Brexit. Here is an overview of the different scenarios that are possible and how the EU is likely to position itself in each case: The first scenario, which is taken by most as the base case, is for the […]

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For cosmopolitan liberals, collective cultural loyalties override the economic advantages of Brexit

1 Nov

The continuous delaying of Brexit – by an alliance of Remainers comprising MPs from across the party spectrum, CBI economists, leftist commentators and foreign interventionists – may well be justifiably considered as the most despicable scandal of the post-War era; but it should definitely not surprise. Ever since David Cameron announced the ‘once in a […]

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