Simon Phillips-Hughes

Writes from the US with an Anglo-American perspective

British writer and politics lecturer based in the American South. London School of Economics and George Washington School of Political Management graduate with campaign communications experience in the UK and US. Harley-Davidson aficionado. Author of forthcoming book on Donald Trump and American Exceptionalism.
The Real Reason Trump Is Behind in the

The Real Reason Trump Is Behind in the Polls

A hundred days is a long time in American politics and anything can happen. But the original plot of saving the GOP from itself will require embellishment it is unclear Trump, by himself, can deliver.
09/08/2016 16:21 BST
The Irony: Only Now Does Britain Have a Real Say in Europe's

The Irony: Only Now Does Britain Have a Real Say in Europe's Future

After the shock of the break-up, the reasons we took the decision will sink in and that is what will remain. A Texan I work with greeted me Monday morning with 'You guys are free!', not as a celebration but a knowing statement of fact that was true last week as much as this. We are free, and that is the ultimate guarantee of peace and growth. Now, can the pound go up please?
28/06/2016 11:22 BST
Seven Ways Trump Follows in the Footsteps of Ronald

Seven Ways Trump Follows in the Footsteps of Ronald Reagan

As we enter the general election Trump will increasingly resemble Reagan in any case, for the same negative claims made against him: that he is an extremist, that the White House is no place for a low-brow entertainer, that he is too unpopular with too many. The revival of the US probably rests on how the people react to that view, just as they did some thirty-five years ago.
27/04/2016 13:07 BST
The Secret of Trump's Success (Is Not What You

The Secret of Trump's Success (Is Not What You Think)

Spoiler alert: Trump is actually a moderate who has said some tough-guy things to get the party's right to go along with him. A sheep in wolf's clothing. A conservative in campaign style but a 'wet' in wisdom, an entrepreneur doing what entrepreneurs do best: catering to a huge gap in the market.
18/02/2016 14:33 GMT
Star Wars Is Just a Folk Memory of the English Civil

Star Wars Is Just a Folk Memory of the English Civil War

At its heart, Star Wars is a spiritual story of one group who believes that the individual can seek and receive blessing from a benign force present everywhere, pitted against an authoritarian super-state which uses religion to control and coerce political uniformity.
22/12/2015 16:36 GMT
SNP Threats Are Just a Symptom of Britain's Endangered

SNP Threats Are Just a Symptom of Britain's Endangered Constitution

The real patriot will choose a British political party to preserve the stability needed for economic growth, and the mother of all parliaments. She still remains our best hope for independence from greater Europe, in the world, and from self-destructive sectarianism.
28/04/2015 15:51 BST
What's the Problem With a Federal UK?

What's the Problem With a Federal UK? England!

The man who would be king of Scotland has proved himself once again to be a politician's politician. The statesmanship Alex Salmond showed by resigning at the end of an unsuccessful referendum has been matched only by his realpolitik in returning to Westminster politics...
15/12/2014 10:59 GMT
The British Origins of America's Political

The British Origins of America's Political Divide

According to the theory, the origins of the Red and Blue state divide go back to the English Civil War of the 1640s, when champions of Parliament fled to Massachusetts and supporters of the King found safe haven in Virginia.
18/08/2014 12:28 BST
Intervening In Syria Is the Right Thing to Do - That's Why So Many People Are Against

Intervening In Syria Is the Right Thing to Do - That's Why So Many People Are Against It

The coalition of the willing done a good job of creating just the opposite, seemingly. Large majorities in both the UK and US still do not support attacking Syria, and it is those most passionate about politics who seem to most object. For the antiwar left, any use of force by the West is neo-imperialism and repeats the mistakes of ten years ago...
05/09/2013 13:07 BST
For Britain's Conservatives the Only Way to Comeback is

For Britain's Conservatives the Only Way to Comeback is Essex

David Cameron does not have far to look for inspiration. The Ukip's surge and retrospectives of Margaret Thatcher remind us there is a populist tradition on the right of British politics that wins elections. And it is most ingrained on the right of the country.
04/06/2013 15:45 BST
What Do the UK Independence Party and the Tea Party Have in Common? They Are the Key to the Right's Election

What Do the UK Independence Party and the Tea Party Have in Common? They Are the Key to the Right's Election Fortunes

The conservative way to win is to empower people to rise above the labels campaign consultants use. And movements like the UK Independence Party and Tea Party show us the way. Their card carrying numbers may not be huge, but they have altered the balance of power on both sides of the Atlantic. Their approach is simple: care about the pressing issues mainstream politicians and the national media ignore.
03/04/2013 12:41 BST