How Global Britain Confronts the Asian Century

August 21, 2020

On February 3, Prime Minister Boris Johnson laid bare his long-awaited vision of a “global Britain” in a world after Brexit. Speaking amidst the imperial grandeur of Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, Johnson’s message was that the United Kingdom, liberated from the...

British Youths Feel They Have Nothing to Live For

February 05, 2019

The current crop of UK politicians are so busy deciding what not to do about Brexit that they haven’t noticed the despair of the young. The Daily Devil’s Dictionary explains.  As the social psychodrama of Brexit continues to unfold, promising a springtime tsunami of uncertainty and anguish...

Remembrance Day Must Include Britain’s Colonial Legacy

November 10, 2018

The small English town of Smethwick took one giant leap by honoring South Asian soldiers who fought for the British Empire. On November 4, a statue of an Indian soldier clad in British Army attire was unveiled outside a Sikh temple in the UK town of Smethwick ahead of the Armistice...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Not the “End of the World”

August 31, 2018

When our leaders tell us about the future, it may be time to start worrying. British Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump have one thing in common this week: both appear focused on the future. Whereas Trump, looking forward to the outcome of the midterm elections in November,...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Boris Johnson’s “Freedom of Speech”

August 13, 2018

When does one person’s freedom contain in its definition the right to cancel another person’s freedom? As noted in the previous edition of The Daily Devil’s Dictionary, Britain’s chief Donald Trump emulator (and owner of an equally impressive mop of blond hair), Boris Johnson, is under...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Think Tanks Provide “Access”

August 01, 2018

Think tanks are more about the tanking of democracy than thinking in politics. Political campaigns are costly. Politicians need money to get elected. They must ask themselves, “How can I incentivize people to give me money?” The answer: by promising to represent their interests, to legislate...

The Dawning Reality of Brexit

June 13, 2018

The fact that the UK has not made up its mind about Brexit and has yet to make a detailed proposal is disquieting, says former Irish Prime Minister John Bruton. At a recent conference, I heard Owen Patterson, a Conservative MP and former secretary of state for Northern Ireland, say that the...

This Bilingual Somali Newspaper Is Beating the Media at Its Own Game

April 15, 2018

A Somali community sick of negative headlines decided to start their own local newspaper and write their own stories. A Somali community in the north of England is using the power of the press to beat the media at its own game. Sick of seeing negative headline after negative headline, they...

The Road to Irish Independence

April 09, 2018

Former Prime Minister John Bruton reflects on Irish history during the civil wars. Ireland will soon commemorate a conflict that took place between 1919 and 1923. It is customary to refer to the conflict between 1919 and 1921 as the War of Independence and that between 1922 and 1923 as the Civil...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Endangered” Visits

January 16, 2018

As Boris Johnson protects Britain from danger, the Allahabad High Court in India announces, “Honesty has virtually become an endangered species.” According to The Guardian, British Prime Minister Theresa May has formally invited US President Donald Trump for a state visit, though — sadly,...

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