Dunkirk and Nostalgia

It’s 1940 and the Allied forces are on the brink of collapse. More precisely, hundreds of thousands of young men, most of them belonging to the British Expeditionary Force, are stranded on the beaches at Dunkirk. Their strategy is dead in the water and their only thought is survival. Only luck can save them, and […]

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Only Fools and Horses

The BBC was cloaked in controversy this week after the salaries of its presenters paid £150,000 or more were made public. Not only were the sums a shock for their amount (they reach up to £2.2 million), but also because they revealed the disparity between the rates at which female and male presenters were paid. […]

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Brexit Must Happen

The point about free trade is that it’s free. No strings attached. I sell you what I have and you sell me what you have. Everybody wins. No tariffs. No political obligations. No conflict of interest. The European Union is wholly opposed to this. No one denies that Brexit is a risk and it will […]

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Repeal, Reuse, Recycle

Everything is about Brexit, except Brexit, which is about power. That much was clear from the Leave Campaign’s key message in 2016: Take Back Control. What the Great Repeal Bill (published today) demonstrates is that taking back control is far more difficult than the slogan suggests. Ever since Britain joined the European Union the UK […]

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The Dark Strain of Democracy

A few weeks ago on the political programme Question Time an audience member had to be ejected by the host David Dimbleby after refusing to stop heckling. This week the judge chosen to head the Grenfell Tower Inquiry faced calls to step down (even though the inquiry has not yet started); when he looked residents […]

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Conservatism Isn’t Working

The Conservative Party is in deep trouble. As a brand it is now synonymous with the Austerity Party. This is a bombastic failure for a party which rebranded a decade ago in order to shed its “Nasty Party” image – an initiative which began thanks to the Conservative chairman, now prime minister, Theresa May. Today […]

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Austerity Is Fake News

It’s 1950 and Britain is on its knees. Destroyed houses, vacant bomb sites, temporary prefabs, rationing (which did not end until 1954) and a level of income tax twice the level it is today. Natural disasters – which are now blamed on austerity – are devastating: five days of smog killed over 4000 people in […]

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