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2021 has to give new meaning to the being 'sent to Coventry' idiom

Culture in the age of intolerance – the Coventry challenge

As someone who has spent a lot of time in and around Coventry in the last few years, I can sincerely congratulate the city on becoming Government’s designated ‘UK City of Culture 2021’. I can also predict with absolute confidence that the city will make a success of the title. However, coming in the immediate

Found out by Captain Ska, but "meet the new boss...same as the old boss"

GE2017 – Democratic renewal or a further indicator of the UK failing state?

The terminal decline of representative democracy has been a theme of this blog for  a couple of years. Does the 2017 General Election (GE2017) and its unfolding aftermath change this at all? On the face of it, voters have managed to give a considerable rebuff to an arrogant Governing party who had wilfully misinterpreted a

Who says representative democracy is deeply flawed?

The voting nail in the coffin of UK representative democracy

This blog first announced the terminal decline of representative democracy in May 2016. Since then, the EU referendum, Trump’s election, Erdogan’s referendum, amongst others, have enabled sizeable but minority intolerant inward-looking electorates to empower authoritarian-leaning leaders, promoting xenophobic and ultimately right wing elitist agendas. The expectations are Theresa May will ride a reactionary populist wave

Spot the development economist!

‘Learning tango in Buenos Aires’ and other Brexit coping strategies

Anyone who has ever seen me dance will know that my going to Buenos Aires to learn tango is absolutely insane. If you haven’t ever seen me dance, think May’s Brexit madness – an awful idea, atrociously executed, leading to a gratuitous infliction of massive self-harm – and you’ll more or less get the picture

We desperately need a new narrative for 2017...

The plot against Europe: Part Three – The fightback

Probably the least convincing part of Roth’s ‘The Plot Against America’ is the denouement. Lindbergh’s widow appeals for a turn away from KKK-led violence; Roosevelt is reelected; equilibrium (and the ‘American way’) is restored. In the epilogue, it is explained quite plausibly that it was a Nazi plot all along. I await Mrs Trump’s corresponding