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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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Crisis? What crisis?

The New Statesman this week has a special section devoted to ‘the crisis in Labour and the future of the Left’, with contributions from all twelve remaining members of Britain’s centre left. It’s not exactly a diverse group of contributors: … 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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Before you vote to leave, please read this

At the start of this referendum campaign, I wasn’t really sure what I thought about the EU. Like a lot of people, I think, I found the topic interminably dull: too complicated to lend itself neatly to the kind of … 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 one man changed how British politicians felt about Europe – forever

This piece first appeared at The Staggers on 29 February 2016. Margaret Thatcher’s former adviser Lord Powell caused a furore when he asserted that the Iron Lady would have been opposed to Brexit. Assorted biographers and other stewards of the … Continue reading

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