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The times are a-changin’

Following the end of the Cold War a new international political consensus quickly emerged. The collapse of the Soviet Union had shown the western model of democratic capitalism to be the superior system and that, it seemed, was that. As both the lone remaining superpower and paragon of triumphant liberal values the US would from now on … Continue reading The times are a-changin’

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The rise and fall of Theresa May

If—a la the Peter principle—politicians, too, rise to the level of their incompetence, then in going one step further Theresa May can arguably lay claim to the ignominious accolade of being the exception which proves the rule. In her six years as Home Secretary May distinguished herself as an instinctive authoritarian who presided over a broken … Continue reading The rise and fall of Theresa May

Enough is enough: the rise of fourth-wave feminism

When Donald Trump was elected president last year feminists the world over despaired. Here was a man who thought nothing of demeaning women, especially those with the temerity to stand-up to him, who'd even been caught on tape bragging about using his fame as a cover for engaging in unwanted sexual advances, genital grabbing included. Not only that, US voters had … Continue reading Enough is enough: the rise of fourth-wave feminism

Staring into the abyss: Brexit and British politics.

On 23rd June, 2016, the British public decided to plunge British politics into a period of profound uncertainty, by voting to leave the European Union. Now, this is not the place to pour over the reasons for that decision. Nor to argue for its reversal. A majority, however slender, voted in favour of Brexit—and Brexit is what … Continue reading Staring into the abyss: Brexit and British politics.