Oxford Chancellor Mobilizes Nelson Mandela’s Spirit to Exonerate Cecil Rhodes

June 15, 2020

In an op-ed published by The Guardian, the Zimbabwean scholar Simukai Chigudu, an associate professor of African politics at the University of Oxford, defends the Rhodes Must Fall (RMF) movement. RMF seeks the removal of a statue in Oxford of Cecil Rhodes, the diamond mining magnate and...

When Islanders Are Robbed of Their Homeland

May 27, 2020

In May 2019, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on Britain to return the Chagos Archipelago, a cluster of islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean, to Mauritius, an island nation off the southeast coast of Africa. The resolution endorsed an International Court of...

John Maynard Keynes Comes Out of Hiding in the UK

March 18, 2020

The Guardian’s columnist Will Hutton, a declared Keynesian, has expressed his astonishment at the Tory government suddenly abandoning its economic orthodoxy as the appropriate response to the coronavirus pandemic. His readers certainly remember the “Cameron-Osborne austerity” of only a few...

Are the UK and US Suing for Divorce?

January 15, 2020

Interviewed by The Sunday Times, British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace explained that, following the US assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani on January 3, the UK now intends to abandon its traditional alliance with the US. Complaining about US President Donald Trump’s...

What Will Be Left of Great Britain?

December 23, 2019

As the shock of the UK general election fades, many questions will take time to be answered. Not that the reelection of the Conservative Party led by Prime Minister Boris Johnson was a shock, but the size of his majority in Parliament was one that no Labour Party strategist had foreseen....

Brexit Goes to the Proms

September 23, 2019

“Thug-like” verbal aggression and the unceremonious snapping of an EU flag — this, according to campaigners, was one of several reactions from a small, unrepresentative number of Brexiteers offered EU flags to fly ahead of the Proms, at London’s Royal Albert Hall, on September 14. It was...

Gulliver Survived a Shipwreck, But Boris Fears Drowning

September 17, 2019

The Brexit spectacle increasingly appears to have been conceived in the spirit of traditional British holiday pantomime. It has become the longest-running, comically-absurd cliffhanger in European political history, now starring a lone hyperreal hero, Boris Johnson, a man who has far more...

Education and Surveillance Are Merging in the UK

September 04, 2019

The United Kingdom has begun deploying what it calls reception baseline assessment for children entering primary school. It promises to “provide the basis for a new way of measuring the progress primary schools make with their pupils.” It sounds very rational, but according to a survey...

Playing Constitutional Hardball on Both Sides of the Atlantic

September 03, 2019

The New York Times has its own version of The Daily Devil’s Dictionary, glossing words or expressions that appear in the news cycle. They call it “The Interpreter.” Consistent with the newspaper of reference’s heavily marketed image of “gray” seriousness, it is more angel than...

Why Boris Johnson Isn’t “Charismatic”

July 30, 2019

Analyzing the character of Britain’s new prime minister, Atul Singh, in a delightful Fair Observer article that can only be described as “fair and balanced” in ways that Fox News has never attempted, calls Boris Johnson “the most charismatic politician of his generation.” Given...

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