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Robin Bunce

Historian of political thought based at Homerton College, University of Cambridge.

Dr Robin Bunce is a historian and writer based at Homerton College, University of Cambridge. He writes on the history of ideas, contemporary politics and culture.

Tim Farron, Gay Sex, Democracy And Populism

Farron is entitled to his views on gay sex - whatever they may be. Assuming he does not indulge in hate speech, he is entitled to express himself openly, to campaign and build support for his vision. He's equally entitled to duck the issue, or tell barefaced lies. However, and this is crucial, as politician in a democracy he should be scrutinised, and held to account.
06/06/2017 12:00 BST

Election 2017: Winners And Losers

Elections create winners and losers. Politicians like to claim that their policies will benefit everyone, '[e]very person, every family, every business, every community the length and breadth of the United Kingdom - England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland', to quote Theresa May. Sadly, this isn't the case.
20/04/2017 11:57 BST

'An Historic Moment' - Brexit And The History Of Global Britain

Theresa May is no historian, nor is it necessary to be a historian to see the huge holes in her narrative. But May's history begs a question: if her understanding of the past is so fanciful, how much faith can we place in her vision of the future?
31/03/2017 11:43 BST

'Significant And Material Change': Scotland's New Referendum

In politics, as in life, some opportunities are too good to miss. Nicola Sturgeon is to be congratulated on seizing the moment. On the day Parliament gave up its right to have a meaningful vote on Brexit, Sturgeon announced her plan to give the Scottish people the choice between Brexit and independence.
15/03/2017 10:29 GMT

What's Up With Democracy?

We are right to value democracy, and to demand free, fair, regular, competitive elections. But an election is not an end in itself. Elections do not guarantee freedom or good outcomes. Democracy is much more likely to function well, when the rights of all are guaranteed by independent courts, even if this offends the majority. And elected governments are much less likely to become tyrannical when the people keep tabs on them through a free press, and when people are willing to protest. In fact, and this is not an alternative fact, every healthy democracy needs trouble makers.
06/02/2017 12:40 GMT