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The best 10 books I read last year

I know it’s a tad late in the season for gift ideas, but books are for life, not just for Christmas so what the hell. Here, in no particular order – well actually they’re in the order I read them … Continue reading

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The shame of being British

On the morning of 24th June, like many who had voted to remain in the EU, I felt a range of unpleasant emotions: shock, sadness, anger, dejection, despondency. I spent most of the day lapping up the anti-Brexit commentariat’s outpouring … Continue reading

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If we’re going to build a new politics, we have to move beyond left and right

When I saw a headline on the New Statesman website last week about “a budding progressive alliance”, my first reaction was excitement. I’ve been boring friends for at least a year now about the need for a realignment of British … Continue reading

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A history lesson for David Cameron: EU referendum won’t heal splits in Tory party

This piece was first published over at The Staggers. David Cameron has borrowed Harold Wilson’s tactics. He may get the same outcome. When Harold Wilson announced in early 1975 that he would hold a referendum on Britain’s EEC membership, the … Continue reading

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Euroscepticism: a brief history

This piece first appeared at The Staggers on 9 March 2016. As homework for Mr Cameron’s Brexit referendum, I’ve been reading about the history of Britain’s relationship with the EU (and its predecessors the EC, EEC and ECSC – don’t … Continue reading

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How do you solve a problem like ENO?

There are very few companies I’d be genuinely sorry to see go out of business. In fact, if I exclude sadness caused by disruption to my life – my bank or my employer going bust tomorrow would, I admit, be … Continue reading

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A kind of progress: the future of America’s car dream

My grandmother came from Kansas. She was born in the spacious, agrarian west of the state in 1937, then – whilst still a teenager – married my grandfather and settled in the almost-as-spacious, suburban east of the state. Like many … Continue reading

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