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When Will Labour Win Again?

When Will Labour Win Again?

The immediate, clear consequence of the UK election of December 12, 2019, is that Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party has succeeded where Theresa May’s failed in the last general election, in 2017—by winning an emphatic parliamentary majority...

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The Punch That Wasn’t a Punch

The Punch That Wasn’t a Punch

First, some facts, as they are in precious short supply. Around noon on Sunday 8 December, Daniel Sheridan of the Yorkshire Evening Post published a story about Jack Williment-Barr

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Susanna Crossman: A Year of Yellow Edges

Susanna Crossman: A Year of Yellow Edges

Roughly one year ago, on 17th November 2018, an impromptu French national protest was held against fuel tax. On Facebook, the instigators said: Put your fluorescent jacket on your dashboard.

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‘Socialism was hardly in the air in the suburban US’

‘Socialism was hardly in the air in the suburban US’

Socialism was hardly in the air in the suburban us of the late 90s and early 2000s. In Sunkara’s characteristically breezy telling, it took a lingering oasis of American social democracy, the local public library...

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Will Warren Win?

Will Warren Win?

The big story of the campaign so far has been the ascent of Elizabeth Warren. A reluctant and somewhat shaky candidate in 2012...

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Mothers Without Men

Mothers Without Men

Place Edmond Rostand in Paris was packed on Sunday 6 October. Smartly dressed families kept arriving. They had gathered to oppose a new law that will extend assisted reproduction (PMA) to lesbian couples and single women...

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What Johnson Did

What Johnson Did

It’s not unusual for governments to throw tantrums when defeated, but quite another for them to do so after a victory. But in the week since Boris Johnson brokered a revised Brexit deal, No 10 has had a snit almost daily.

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The women of the ‘68 student movement in Mexico

The women of the ‘68 student movement in Mexico

The masculine narrative of history has insisted on downplaying the role of women in the student movement of ’68, although there is research...

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Adam Staley Groves: Stevens, Benjamin and Trump

Adam Staley Groves: Stevens, Benjamin and Trump

We watch screens. That is where we think politics happens. But in truth, politics does not happen beyond one’s feeling for something.

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45 on the Line

45 on the Line

The White House on Wednesday released a "memorandum" documenting the July 25 conversation between the president and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky.

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Adam Staley Groves: Debate Number Three

Adam Staley Groves: Debate Number Three

It’s only debate number three, so the recent lefting by candidates is familiar babble, with a slight disquiet. In a recent video, pressing back against the press, Speaker Nancy had...

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A Tinpot Dictatorship?

A Tinpot Dictatorship?

Given the extent to which the Brexit campaign has undermined Britain's institutions through lies, it is reasonable to worry that the country will soon come to resemble a tinpot dictatorship.

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Defending Parliamentary Sovereignty

Defending Parliamentary Sovereignty

Johnson has said he will refuse to act on MPs’ wishes, that he will simply not request such an extension from Brussels. To avoid the MPs’ instruction, he would rather empty out the current House of Commons...

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Bumbling Brexit

Bumbling Brexit

In his only novel, Seventy-Two Virgins, published in 2004, Boris Johnson uses a strange word. The hero, like Johnson himself at the time, is a backbench Conservative member of the House of Commons.

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Debating the Debates

Debating the Debates

Former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm sighed after the second group of 10 Democratic presidential candidates finished the second night of the the second round of the exercises that the Democratic National Committee refers to as “debates.”

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The ups and downs and clashes of Western civilization

The ups and downs and clashes of Western civilization

Recently, Javier Ortega Smith, the leader of Vox, the populist radical right party in Spain, came under scrutiny for language that Spanish Attorney General Luis Navajas called "abominable"...

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Yang IRL

Yang IRL

Part of running for President is the contest to tell the best story about the problems of the country.

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Adam Staley Groves: Remember Hope?

Adam Staley Groves: Remember Hope?

After watching the first Democratic debates, from which this party will nominate its candidate for President of the United States, I was happily unnerved...

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Drifting as Fabulating

Drifting as Fabulating

No one expected the final stage of the Conservative party leadership contest to be a staid and dignified affair. The Tories are now more spectacle than party, more farcical roadshow than government.

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Jennifer Seaman Cook: Time is Running Out

Jennifer Seaman Cook: Time is Running Out

Today, we find ourselves encountering a new Southern strategy that appeals, in addition to old racist division, to isolating the structural violence of women, as if the issues of unwanted pregnancy, poverty...

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Bailout Ducked

Bailout Ducked

Ten years ago today, the Telegraph began publishing, in daily instalments, the expense claims made by British MPs over the previous four years. 

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