Selfies and the Search for Personal Identity

Paul Blanchard | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Tech
Paul Blanchard

What I don't do is take selfies just to illustrate how gorgeous I am. Mainly because I'm not gorgeous but also because it just seems a bit pointless. I mean, who cares? And everyone knows that you don't really look like the primped, posed, toned selfies you take in the bathroom mirror!

From Crimean Crisis to Geopolitical Fires in Asia?

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Politics
Andy Langenkamp

Weakening growth in China and other emerging economies and geopolitical tensions are the biggest risks to financial markets. Those two are dangerously interconnected right now.

On Language and Nationalism: A Letter to Wales

Leigh Jones | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Politics
Leigh Jones

To my dearest Wales, Cymru, cartref. I use the word "cartref", Welsh for home, despite not having lived there for six years or more. Somehow one's heart is always located deep in one's roots.


Ricky Ross | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Politics
Ricky Ross

Are you a Nationalist? I often ask myself the question, '"Am I a Nationalist?" Ah... nationalism. That seemingly pivotal word. I found it hard to use myself twenty years ago and often succumb to the fear of its worst interpretation. It's used and misused hugely but never more scathingly than when its held up as the nightmare we must all retreat from.

White Flight in England?

Eric Kaufmann | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Politics
Eric Kaufmann

Why are whites leaving diversity so much more than minorities? Counterurbanisation doesn't explain the pattern since working and lower-middle class white British opt for homogeneity more than their professional/managerial counterparts.

Remembrance Is for Looking Forward, as Well as Back

Patrick Stannah | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Patrick Stannah

It is easy to look on your younger years through a softer lens. We talk of 'those halcyon days'; we tell children 'school days are the best days of your lives'. It is not a natural human trait to live only for today, or to ignore the lure of greener grass.

Why I No Longer Feel Comfortable Wearing a Poppy

Madeleine Fry | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Madeleine Fry

I should probably point out that I'm not against the original meaning behind Poppy Day: remembering how Britain twice sent a whole generation of its young men off to be slaughtered, and that future generations should be able to live without the fear of enduring such violence. Yet that meaning often seems to get forgotten as Remembrance Sunday becomes a celebration of jingoism and militarism, where the victims of British aggression in wars past and present are rarely mentioned.

Biryulyovo Revised

Jamila Mammadova | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Jamila Mammadova

Let us be honest. Nothing, which happened last week in Moscow's Biryulyovo, is a positive sign for CIS migrants in Russia, nor could it contribute pos...

I've Got the Scottish Virus

Rob McDowall | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Politics
Rob McDowall

The Scottish Independence debate sparks fierce emotion on both sides of the camp and the colour of your rosette aside, strong support can be found on Twitter and Facebook from across the political spectrum.

White-Washing British History

Minesh Parekh | Posted 14.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Minesh Parekh

On Friday 6 September, David Cameron refuted a Russian official's summation that Britain was 'just a small island' by delivering a speech that reeked of a Gove-esque approach to popular history entwined with petulant patriotism. He seemed to cry out that "Britain's one of the bigger kids too, even if it wasn't allowed to go to war this time", calling upon the rhetoric of the past as if to prove Britain's place in the present world and reimagining it as it suited him.

The Rise of Atheism Represents Significant Progress for Northern Ireland

Jason A Murdock | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK
Jason A Murdock

Like any country with a reputation for extremism, it's history will always be judged on the actions of extremists. The usual saying that history is judged by the victors does not yet apply to Northern Ireland, as it sometimes seems that the state of conflict has never really ended in the minds of much of its population.

Who Do You Think You Are?

Sara Sheridan | Posted 13.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Sheridan

I have to admit to a certain amount of confusion of late. I was asked recently by a friend 'what' I considered myself. I live in Scotland and here, in the run up to the referendum on independence next autumn, most people are trying to figure out, in essence, if they're more Scottish than British or vice versa.

Paul Vale

Why Does St George's Day Have No Traction In England? | Paul Vale | Posted 23.04.2013 | UK

How would you react if you saw a St George's Cross erected outside a house on your street? Would you be overcome with pride, apathy, or would you perh...

Ukip: A One-Dimensional, One-trick Pony Flogging a Dead Horse

Will Black | Posted 22.06.2013 | UK Politics
Will Black

Ukip is a party with no MPs and few policies. If it was a pony it would have only one trick and certainly wouldn't be able to dance like those on the phone adverts.

Thatcher and Immigration: Can the White Majority be Reassured?

Eric Kaufmann | Posted 17.06.2013 | UK Politics
Eric Kaufmann

The multicultural, colour-blind and ethno-nationalist visions coexist, and point to distinct national utopias.

The Choice Facing Scotland Is Changing, and So Must the Debate

Andrew Smith | Posted 26.05.2013 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

As the debate in Scotland rumbles on the SNP and the wider YES campaign are promoting the message that the only way to get change is to vote YES, and that the union is stubborn and impossible to reform without splitting it in its entirety. It's a widespread view, and it usually only takes a few minutes of debating devolution in cyber space before someone gives you the 'jam tomorrow' line, but is it really true?

2013 - Is it 1913 Again? A Hundred Years Ago We Were on the Brink

Jeffrey Gedmin | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK Politics
Jeffrey Gedmin

Luxembourg's Prime Minster is warning that Europe's demons of war may be coming back. It's a small country, but Jean-Claude Juncker has a big voice. Until January, he was President of the Eurogroup that manages political aspects of the single currency. Juncker is worried about the disintegration of the Euro and the bad blood growing between north and south (resentful Germans bailing out irate Greeks and so forth).

Democracy Is in Crisis - Here Is The Solution.

Ben G. Jones | Posted 11.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Ben G. Jones

Globalisation is making states increasingly unable to realise their citizens' aspirations.

Imagine There's No Countries

June Sun | Posted 21.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
June Sun

The only place I feel the most at home is at the airport. I recently put Uzbekistan as my home country on a job application form for completely desperate, hopeless banter. (Then I corrected it, obviously. To Lichtenstein.)

Nationalism: The Way Backwards

Alistair Barbour | Posted 19.04.2013 | UK Politics
Alistair Barbour

In 2014 Nick Griffin MEP is due for re-election to the European Parliament. Shamefully I'm one of the people who helped him get elected in the first place.

Manners Please! Romania Is a Country Worth Staying Friends With

Tessa Dunlop | Posted 06.04.2013 | UK Politics
Tessa Dunlop

Romanians are used to coming bottom of the European pile. I know, I'm married to one. He lives in Britain, and is often told he 'sounds English' - lucky chap.

There Were Leaders, Once

Robert Mercer-Nairne | Posted 31.03.2013 | UK Politics
Robert Mercer-Nairne

Get out the map and dust off the history books. Britain IS part of Europe. Since the Roman and Norman invasions, its politics have been our politics.

London and the English

Eric Kaufmann | Posted 17.03.2013 | UK Politics
Eric Kaufmann

As English nationalism comes out of the closet, cosmopolitan London increasingly appears a place apart.

Angels and Demons

Robert Mercer-Nairne | Posted 22.02.2013 | UK Politics
Robert Mercer-Nairne

I am two thirds of the way through a harrowing book, Savage Continent by Keith Lowe. I urge you all to read it over the next twelve months, but not until after Christmas. There is no need for you to upset yourselves until then.

Is European Nationalism Dead?

Harry Cooper | Posted 02.02.2013 | UK Politics
Harry Cooper

While it is clear that the locus of political power now lies in Brussels, where the Commission is attaining ever more power to vet member state budgets and economic policy, it is not EU flags that are being burnt in Athens or Madrid.