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National Conservatism, self-pity, idiocy and English fascism7 min read
The NatCon conference in London displayed hard-right Tory views, blaming UK’s issues on migrants, the EU, and the liberal elite. The event showcased extremist politics and culture war tropes, with controversial speakers, representing the “Trumpification” of British politics.
Emmanuel Macron: A French president whose populist tactics are derailing his own career5 min read
French president Emmanuel Macron is facing a political crisis unprecedented in contemporary times.
The fall of Boris Johnson: Any democracy should look to his case and ask if it is enabling machiavellian leaders.4 min read
Boris Johnson is not the first world leader to prioritise his own ambitions over meaningful governance. But his fall is a good moment for reflection on how far a democracy is prepared to tolerate, and even reward Machiavellian tendencies.
Quick summary of the ERG’s – sorry, your next Prime Minister’s plans for Britain.6 min read
Our next PM, supported by a global network of free-market think tanks, will attempt to turn Britain into a Libertarian-Right dystopia by enacting the insane and cruel policies outlined in a book by Jacob Rees-Mogg’s dad.
Boris Johnson’s ignominious end: The difference between ‘big tent’ politics and personalised populism.5 min read
What exactly was “Johnsonism” beyond a few slogans such as “levelling up” and the scandals that attracted the attention? Behind Boris Johnson’s buffoonish exterior, the quick wit and wearisome repartee, lay very little.
Post-Brexit Britain is going rotten.13 min read
The moral rot of Boris Johnson’s conduct is part and parcel of a deeper malaise in which Brexit and ‘Brexit COVID’ have created a country that is literally and metaphorically rotting away.
Partygate, populism and Brexit.12 min read
Partygate doesn’t mean that we’ve seen the end of the populist politics that underpinned and flowed from Brexit, still less of Brexit itself. It may not even mean the end of Johnson, whose fate remains precariously in the balance.