Nationalism

Time to Party: Britain's Going to Be Great Again

Paul Beaumont | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Beaumont

We've all done it. We've planned a party at our place, invited our favourite, clever, witty friends and then, on a whim, asked some acquaintances too....

Stand and Be Counted

Dana Alexander | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK
Dana Alexander

Is it just me or is the world slowly becoming a shittier place? When terms like "social justice warrior" and "feminist" are pejorative, know that you are living in a world that is in regression. I am exhausted by the casual yet subtle racism, sexism and homophobia I see every single day, and frankly I am tired of ignoring it for the sake of grace. What does tolerance and diversity really mean? And how do these concepts shape our ideas and communities?

A Homecoming Through Time and Space

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

Forget the stereotype that Asian kids as shy and reserved. I was surprised myself at the level of enthusiastic participation from across the classroom: whilst I was expecting a few outgoing students to speak up for their friends, the majority of the cohort had raised a question, and even two or three at times.

The Other Reason You Must Vote Remain in Britain's EU Referendum on June 23

Patrick Garratt | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Politics
Patrick Garratt

As a permanent French resident and a British passport-holder, I've already voted by post in this referendum for the UK to remain within the EU. I sincerely hope you do the same when your chance comes on June 23.

Vote to Stay: As the Longest Day (Still) Isn't Over

Dyfed Loesche | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Politics
Dyfed Loesche

You know what? Sod the economy, stupid! The Brexit is all about idealism. There's more at stake here than house prices and jobs, much more. 22 years ...

We Need the EU's Regulated Duvets

Gabriel Webber | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Politics
Gabriel Webber

As crowd-funded right-wing films go, Brexit the Movie isn't bad. It's slick, well-presented and looks pretty professional. The area in which it's lac...

Oops - Are the SNP's Roots Showing?

Jackie Kemp | Posted 04.04.2016 | UK Politics
Jackie Kemp

Within the huge influx of members into the party there may come echoes of nationalism's uglier face, puffed up with notions of the innate superiority of the Scots to other races. Hence the kind of racial abuse that Yen Hongmei Jin experienced. Is the Party's Chief Executive Peter Murrell on top of his brief on this?

English or British?

Mark Robins | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Sport
Mark Robins

Well that is the end of another Rugby Six Nations weekend. England are crowned as champions with a game to spare and the whole championship has seen s...

Nationalism Is a Bad Argument Against EU Membership

Bob Morgan | Posted 19.02.2016 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

As the debate heats up - one thing is certain - politicians will seek to simplify the arguments. Those arguing for us to stay in may well emphasise the as yet unknown hazards of leaving - the fear factor.

The Tunnock's Trauma: Are Biscuits a Crisis Point for Nationalism?

Alfie Bown | Posted 08.01.2016 | UK Politics
Alfie Bown

Far from being two unrelated news stories, the Tunnock's saga is the other side of the coin to the migrant crisis. At a time when our nations have shown themselves to be less welcoming and more insular than we might have hoped, convinced that we share an identity with each other and willing to demonize and reject those of other nations, we need also to ask what role apparently innocent symbolism, from Tea Cakes to the Bake Off, plays in the construction of this unwelcoming attitude.

How Victorious was China's Victory Parade? -- The Potential Dangers of Looking Back

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

As seamlessly as Beijing's recent parade that commemorated China's World War II victory over Japan went, how victorious was the victory parade, really? Are there negative ramifications?

One Long Minute: Europe's Immigration Crisis

Jo Simmons | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK
Jo Simmons

And what's missing in this moment: the meaningful and moral response of European leaders ready to acknowledge that the influx of refugees is, in large measure, the consequence of Europe's own policy and foreign intervention failures.

Philip Hammond's Comments on Migrants Risk Legitimising Xenophobia in the UK

Megan Hughes | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Hughes

On Sunday, the UK's foreign secretary Philip Hammond spoke candidly on the Calais situation, and more generally Europe's 'migrant crisis'. In a series of comments made in Singapore, he decried a situation where "Europe can't protect itself, preserve its standard of living and social infrastructure if it has to absorb millions of migrants from Africa."

Kennedy, Far From Camelot

James Christie | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK Politics
James Christie

I met Charles Kennedy once. I also met Benito Mussolini. One of these statements is true. The other one is a bit of an exaggeration, but not as much ...

Why Are Politicians More Worried About Migration Than Education?

Mark Hillary | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Politics
Mark Hillary

This is an enormous debate and affects countries far beyond the UK, but the recent UK election demonstrates clearly how the public are losing faith in a traditional approach to politics. Democracy can be difficult for most politicians to swallow, but if they don't listen to the people it's going to choke them all.

The Problem With (Scottish) Nationalism

Steve Doran | Posted 02.05.2016 | UK Politics
Steve Doran

I'm not knocking the SNPs policies, its representatives, its priorities or it's values. I'm just a bit narked off that I'm putting all my energies into a stag hunt over here, and they've beggared off after a hare.

Nationalism is Simply a Mask for Abstract Collective Guilt

Captain Paul Watson | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK
Captain Paul Watson

There is only one race and that is the human race, and the evidence is clear that humanity as a race is ecologically ignorant. Overall we are extremely arrogant in our general collective view of other species - so much so that practically every anthropocentric religion places humans in the center of creation as all important.

The Poisonous Rise of Nationalism

Richard Neil | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK Politics
Richard Neil

I've always thought that a nationalist in politics is about as much use as a religionist in a science debate, their judgement is both clouded by fear ...

On the Anniversary of the Cruiser

Aaron Vallely | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK
Aaron Vallely

The Cruiser had some of those tasteful elements admired by many writers, myself included. The consummate internationalist, he believed that people understand one another if they want to, no matter how great the language barrier.

The Independence Referendum Has Brought Out the Worst of the SNP

Joseph Miles | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Joseph Miles

Whatever the result of the referendum, it is likely to lead to a country that is deeply fractured, perhaps indefinitely. By and large this is a direct result of the campaigning tactics that Salmond has fostered, if not encouraged. He and the rest of the Yes campaign might not have destroyed Scotland in order to save it, but they might very well have irreversibly divided it.

The Flowering of Satire in the Caledonian Spring

Sara Sheridan | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK Politics
Sara Sheridan

Kevin Bridges joked at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last month that in the wake of the Referendum vote in Scotland it was as if the whole country was...

Why Nationalism Cannot Prevail

Asha Patel | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK Politics
Asha Patel

When we separate ourselves, by nation, by religion, by football team even (yes I know that one will stir a few emotions) we are being divisive. It's adversarial in its very nature; an us versus you mentality.

To Be National or Irrational? That Is Scotland's Question

William Martin | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Politics
William Martin

Vote for what you think is best for Scotland, and remember: a 'milk and honey' Scottish utopia is always going to be a pipedream without the rest of Britain supporting it.

How the Ghost of Ireland Past Haunts the SNP's Promised Land

Kevin Toolis | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
Kevin Toolis

But who really knows what the future brings when you are ending a 300-year-old political union We do have one good historical model of what it is like to carve out a nationalist state from within the political union of the UK but it is not one the SNP are keen to cite...

How Myths and Narratives Are Dominating Events in Ukraine

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Politics
Larisa Sotieva

I have always admired the expressiveness of the Russian language. Popular turns of phrase that have become enshrined in everyday language reveal quite colourfully Russians' attitudes towards themselves and ongoing events. In particular I am struck by the way Russians reflect on failure with easy humour, as captured in the phrase 'they hoped for better, but it turned out as usual'.