Monthly Archives: January 2015

Back to the future? Britain’s 1975 referendum on Europe

This piece was first published over at The Staggers – The New Statesman’s rolling politics blog. On 23 January 1975, Prime Minister Harold Wilson announced that a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Economic Community would be held within … Continue reading

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A usable past for Israel and Palestine

When the great American historian Richard Hofstadter was asked, towards the end of his life, what he was most proud of having achieved in his career, he answered that his most important contribution was helping to introduce a measure of … Continue reading

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Dies Natalis and the elements of eloquence

I got a wonderful little book called The Elements of Eloquence for Christmas (from someone who thought I could use some help). Its premise is simple: there’s more to words than just their meaning, and a little bit of knowledge … Continue reading

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