Column, coinciding with Conservative Party conference, published in The Guardian.
Article published in The London Review of Books, on Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn and Dominic Cummings.
The LRB has published a round-table of contributions on the current crisis of British politics. I’ve focused on the worrying degree to which the radical right has now pulled away from the rest of the political spectrum, turning against compromise, parliament and Whitehall.
Blogpost for PERC, looking at the propaganda and enforced optimism, which are central to the new Conservative Brexit strategy.
My piece in London Review of Books, on the Tory leadership contest and the lies that it generates.
Op-ed published in The New York Times, on the Conservative leadership election.
I discussed Nervous States with Richard Cockett from The Economist, and the possible routes forward for an evidence-based politics.
Essay on Brexit and the crisis of representative democracy, published in London Review of Books.
This podcast interview with Jamie Powell and Thomas Hale explores central themes from Nervous States, especially in relation to economics and economic policy.
Article published in openDemocracy on the convergence of comedy and politics.
The surge in so-called ‘populism’ over the past year, largely of a right-wing variety, has provoked an ongoing debate as to how we should characterise its central driver. To put this somewhat crudely (though not much more crudely than some of the debate’s protagonists), the choice comes down to a simple binary: economics or culture? Class or identity? An awkward new category of ‘the left behind’ has emerged in political discourse to capture the unexpected supporters of Donald Trump, Brexit, Marine Le Pen and other nationalist movements. Continue reading “Essay: Populism & the Limits of Neoliberalism”