Saturday, 4 August 2018

Modern Britain explained in one graph

Source: Clarke, Goodwin and Whiteley, Brexit: Why Britain Voted to Leave the European Union

Sunday, 29 July 2018

The origins of right-wing populism - Where did UKIP come from?

It is a bit of a cliché to say that populism is on the rise across the Western world.  In this post, I want to look briefly at the history of right-wing populism in Britain.  The Brexit project is heavily indebted to this style of politics, and looking at its roots may help to clarify what is at stake in Britain's decision to leave the European Union.

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Brexit - Two Lessons

This post is about two lessons that we, as a nation, are learning from Brexit.  In a reversal of the usual order, the first is farce and the second is tragedy.

Monday, 9 July 2018

Another Suitcase in Another Hall

Theresa May has now gained a Brexit policy, at the expense of losing David Davis and Boris Johnson.  On balance, this seems like a fair exchange.

Here are some thoughts on what happens now.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

All Out War, Tim Shipman

This is the definitive account of the Brexit referendum campaign and the events surrounding it.  It is a remarkable piece of journalism - Shipman, who is the political editor of the Sunday Times, seems to have spoken to everyone short of the Queen.  The book is highly detailed, and will no doubt be pored over for years to come by historians and political consultants.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Whither Brexit? - A response

Following my last blog post about Brexit, I received a lengthy response from a former civil servant which I'd like to reproduce in full (with edits to remove identifying personal details).

Sunday, 17 December 2017

The case of Bishop Bell

When Bishop George Bell of Chichester (served 1929-1958) was reported to have been a paedophile, it seemed all too familiar - a senior churchman exposed as an abuser.  We'd heard it all before.  Then, when a group of prominent lawyers and others formed to protest his cause, it felt like the establishment closing ranks yet again to protect one of their own.  But the story did not end there.