Why Liars Win Elections

December 16, 2019

The vast majority of voters got it right. They knew that Thursday’s election could only produce a meaningless result, and they acted in consequence. Although unambiguous, the result answers no questions, but opens up new ones. To anyone with an understanding of historical processes, the idea...

The Climate Within the Brexit Election

December 10, 2019

You’d be forgiven to think that the only issue for discussion and decision by the public in the UK election is Brexit. As far as Boris Johnson is concerned, it may well be the only issue he wants a mandate for. This may have been the reason he refused to take part in the world’s first TV...

The UK Election: What About Foreign Policy?

December 09, 2019

In the frenzy and fury of yet another UK election that whirls and swirls around Brexit, our politicians are dancing in a conga line of counter-accusations, misinformation and outright lies. Savvy political pundits and sage pollsters assess and debate the direction of travel of the conga line. And...

Britain’s Practice of Unsafe Politics

November 18, 2019

The Brexit virus has infected the Brits and destroyed their natural immune system.   Opportunistic infections and cancers now thrive in the weakened British political metabolism and have enabled Boris Johnson to come to power, and other unnatural organisms to flourish. Brexit Party...

New Cracks in the Global Far Right?

October 31, 2019

In a remarkable confluence of events, the right-wing national leaders of the United States, the United Kingdom and Israel find themselves, at least for a brief historical moment, besieged by criticism and stark political dangers. In the US, President Donald Trump is facing a more serious...

Is It Possible to Undo 2016?

June 16, 2017

If an entire system is heading toward a cliff, there’s no better brake than bureaucracy. The two events that put 2016 in the history books — alongside other pivotal years such as 2001, 1989 and 1945 — were, of course, the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom and the election of Donald Trump...

The World This Week: June Could Bring the End of May

June 11, 2017

After a Pyrrhic victory, Theresa May faces “the most crucial negotiations in Britain’s recent history with a shredded reputation, a divided party, a slowing economy and the clock ticking away.” Even though James Comey’s testimony took center stage this week and all but damned US...

Is There a Link Between Foreign Policy and Terrorism?

June 04, 2017

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn was criticized for raising this issue on the campaign trail, but it's time we talked about it. What causes terrorism? The combination of the horrendous terrorist attack in Manchester and a British general election inevitably meant that this question would...