Should Businessmen Run Democratic Governments?

Andrew Gawthorpe | Posted 24.08.2017 | UK Politics
Andrew Gawthorpe

Businessmen might be able to achieve power in democracies by playing to these strengths. But as Donald Trump's presidency and the bumpy road to Brexit are showing, their lack of understanding of the "real world" of democratic politics is holding them back from delivering results.

A Nation In The Grip Of Populism... Yet Again

Joe Moore | Posted 30.06.2017 | UK Politics
Joe Moore

Just over three weeks ago we as a nation witnessed an extraordinary election. A hung parliament and a weakened Conservative Prime Minister, combined with an unexpected rise in support for the Labour Party was the apparent, take-away result. More deeply however this election epitomised a manifestation of anger against the system. An anger that we have seen before.

A Year After The Brexit Vote: Have We Reached Peak Populism Yet?

Dyfed Loesche | Posted 22.06.2017 | UK Politics
Dyfed Loesche

I was truly shocked when a slim majority voted for Brexit a year ago, on June 23. It was to be the first shock caused by an election outcome in 2016 in which populists whipped up popular resentment and won. The question troubling me since: When is it going to stop? When's the world coming to its senses?

Labour Is Building Towards A Historic Majority - And Corbyn Showed Us How

Chris Williamson | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK Politics
Chris Williamson

As Theresa May forms a coalition of chaos with the socially regressive DUP the mask of progress adorned by the Conservatives under Cameron and Osborne is slipping. A forward looking Labour Party that ties anti-establishment politics to the young sprit of hope and progress in this country stands only to gain.

Tim Farron, Gay Sex, Democracy And Populism

Robin Bunce | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Politics
Robin Bunce

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.

Emmanuel Macron May Have Won The Battle, But The War Has Only Just Begun

Ben Cullimore | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Cullimore

A period of cohabitation with what could very well be a Républicains prime minister would not only be a major setback for Macron but also represent a further opportunity to grow for the French far-right. Le Pen may have been defeated in Sunday's presidential election, but Front National and their increasingly loyal supporters are only getting started.

Controlling The Narrative Of Failure

Dr Ioannis Glinavos | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Ioannis Glinavos

Many ask how can we resist the rising tide of nationalism and populism around the world? Is resistance possible when extremists pre-empt condemnation of their failures, by blaming enemies within and without? Theresa May this week declared war on Brussels and prominent Leave supporters on social media have started blaming Remainers for Brexit failures to come.

France Decides European Future

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK Politics
Andy Langenkamp

Following Brexit and Trump's victory in the US, many feared Europe would fall prey to Eurosceptic, nationalist, and protectionist populists. The coming French elections should be regarded as the most important populist test and the defining European political battle this year.

As Coalition Talks Begin In The Netherlands, It Is Worth Looking Back At The Elections For Lessons

Dr Itay Lotem | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Itay Lotem

While these elections confirmed that populists still find it difficult to impossible to win in the classical sense (and head governments), they also delivered a pyrrhic victory for those wishing to stop the rise of far-right populists.

I Crossed The Hungarian Border As A Refugee: Their New Refugee Detention Bill Doesn't Surprise Me

Maudie Fraser | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Politics
Maudie Fraser

On 13th October 2015, I crossed the border from Croatia to Hungary, along with hundreds of refugees travelling northwards through Europe towards Germa...

The Dutch Election Was The Latest Chapter In The Death Of European Social Democracy

Ben Cullimore | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Cullimore

Central European social democratic parties haven't been so lucky, however, and PvdA's dismal defeat shows the grim future facing the centre-left in multi-party systems. With PvdA set to spend the next parliamentary term away from the action on the backbenches and the French Socialist Party likely to suffer a similar fate in the upcoming presidential and legislative elections, social democracy has collapsed into a deep hole from which it may never be able to escape.

Engagement Could Be The Tonic To 'Tinkerbell' Theories Of Government

David Evans | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Politics
David Evans

For my money, giving the public more say - and encouraging them to put themselves in decision-makers' shoes in so doing - is a key part of the solution. The more people are brought in on dilemmas the more the present impasse can be reduced - and the more Tinkerbell theories of government can be put to bed.

Stopping The Far Right At The Ballot Box Is Only Half The Battle - We Must Also Ensure Mainstream Parties Do Not Adopt Their Rhetoric

Basit Mahmood | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK Politics
Basit Mahmood

We must make clear that our votes and support should not be taken for granted, that we are unwilling to act as mere bystanders in a race to the bottom. For a failure to do so means that the far right has won, irrespective of whether they win on election day.

Life In The Arts Lane - Week 131- How Did January Go For You?

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK
Thomas Woodham Smith

It is always the case that January carries with it a contradictory air of both optimism and depression. There is no particular reason to get too obses...

Europe's Man Of The Moment, Emmanuel Macron

Anton Georgiou | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Anton Georgiou

As I left Westminster Hall, with the chant, 'Macron, Présidente!' ringing in my ears, I proudly grasped my EU flag whilst walking past Parliament, and once again felt what I had felt before last year's setbacks - inspired by politics - inspired by the possibility politics brings, let's all keep our fingers crossed and hope he pulls this off - En Marché !

The Case For A Strong Selfless Parliamentary System

J.N. Paquet | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK Politics
J.N. Paquet

The creation of a selfless parliamentary system is a real revolution in itself. It is a new way of doing politics, but it is also and mainly a way to restore the people's trust in politics, and send the populist and nationalist preachers of our time back to the one place they belong: the History books.

What Would A Dutch PM Geert Wilders Mean For Brexit?

J.N. Paquet | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Politics
J.N. Paquet

MEP Geert Wilders is the Dutch politician who believes he can become the next Prime minister of the Netherlands in just a month's time, thanks to his anti-Islam/anti-migrants' stance and thanks to both Brexit and Donald Trump's win in the United States. What would his win mean for Britain's Brexit and for the EU?

The Will Of The People? In Defence Of Democracy

Michael Abberton | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Politics
Michael Abberton

How do we respect the will of the people when the people have no say, no control, and the very tools of democracy are being perverted and used against...

Nothing To Fear But Fear Itself

Peter Harrison-Evans | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Politics
Peter Harrison-Evans

2016 was a year of referendums. A year when politicians around the world put some of the biggest questions of our time to the people in a bid to settle them once and for all. But rather than heal divisions, many of last year's votes only further exposed our societies' rifts.

I Accuse! How Brexit Populism Is Destroying Democracy

Nora Berend | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Politics
Nora Berend

Our MPs should consider if Brexit Britain, where fear and violence continue to grow, where the few benefit politically and financially on the back of the many engulfed by poverty, a Britain that allies itself with Donald Trump and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is in the interests of this country. MPs must act now, take responsibility and oppose Brexit in the name of democracy.

Relief Courtesy Of 'A Thousand Points Of Light'

Dr Arlo Brady | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK
Dr Arlo Brady

I'm just back from the small, and in truth not particularly charming, Swiss ski resort of Davos. All week it has played host to the Annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, where the global elite, experts, pundits and their entourages gather to discuss the state of the world.

Can Marine Le Pen Become The First Woman President Of France?

J.N. Paquet | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Politics
J.N. Paquet

France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen was spotted last week at Trump Tower, in New York. Whether she was there to meet with President-elect Trump or not, which she and Trump's team declined to say, it is important to understand the danger she and her party represent in Europe.

On The Need To Fact-Check Populists

J.N. Paquet | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Politics
J.N. Paquet

Why are populist politicians popular today? Because they give people a chance to blame someone else for their problems. The others. The foreigners. The aliens. The people who don't belong to OUR country. If populists are such con artists, why do people fall for them?

World Gone MAD: Why Politicians And The Media Are In Danger Of Killing Each Other Off

Gavin Devine | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Politics
Gavin Devine

It's not too late for both to turn back, to start to talk about positive news, to express understanding for the difficult job both do, to seek to educate and explain and engage with the public both are meant to serve. Here's hoping they will. But with Trump now taking office it looks certain to get worse before it gets better.

How The Frankfurt School Helps Us To Understand Donald Trump's Twitter Populism

Christian Fuchs | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Politics
Christian Fuchs

Christian Fuchs' new study "Donald Trump: A Critical Theory- and Political Economy-Perspective on Economic Power, State Power and Ideological Power in...