Article for London Review of Books on the crisis of hospitality wrought by the pandemic.
‘The secret of Johnson’s success lies in his break with Treasury dominance’
New column for The Guardian, on the long shadow of Gordon Brown, and how Johnson has escaped it.
‘The Politics of Recognition in the Age of Social Media’
Article published in New Left Review, exploring how the politics of recognition is transformed by the technologies of platform capitalism.
‘Johnson’s Tories are reaping the rewards of an economy built on house prices’
Comment piece for The Guardian, on the political and cultural consequences of Britain’s post-2008 model of capitalism, in which all the gains go to asset-owners.
New journal article
‘The financialization of anti-capitalism?: The Case of the ‘Financial Independence Retire Early’ community’, jointly authored with Nick Taylor, is now published in Journal of Cultural Economy
Review of The Assault on Truth
I reviewed Peter Oborne’s new book, The Assault on Truth: Boris Johnson, Donald Trump and the Emergence of a New Moral Barbarism, for The Guardian.
Review of Brexitland
I reviewed Maria Sobolewska and Robert Ford’s Brexitland, on the rise of Remain/Leave identities, for the London Review of Books.
The history of The Spectator
A review essay, published at the New Left Review blog, on the history of The Spectator and what it tells us about Britain’s new political elite.
The decline of the ‘state effect’
Comment piece on the crisis of trust in British government, originally drafted in October, now shared on the PERC blog.
What was Corbynism?
Blogpost at PERC, seeking to relocate Corbynism in the political and economic context that gave rise to it: Osbornite austerity.
‘Forget unity – elections are now about revenge as much as representation
Comment piece in The Guardian, on trends towards polarised, plebiscitary politics, and the problem they pose for liberalism.
Discussing anti-elitism on Thinking Allowed
Eliane Glaser and I discussed elites, anti-elitism and our new books. Listen here.