Friday, 23 November 2018

Friends: The one where John McDonnell is nice to Communists

“If you ask me why I loved him, I feel that it can only be explained by replying: ‘Because it..

By Alastair Benn


Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Nicola Sturgeon’s Brexit brew is the distillation of pure nationalist moonshine

In an interview with the BBC’s Andrew Marr at the weekend, ‎Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon urged Theresa May to work..

By Alastair Benn


Friday, 16 November 2018

Real Highland Clearances story more interesting than nationalist myth-making

Sir Tom Devine’s new book The Scottish Clearances: A History of the Dispossessed argues that one of Scotland’s most potent..

By Alastair Benn


Tuesday, 13 November 2018

It's a deal! Let the games begin

The interminable essay crisis-style machinations between the EU and the UK of the past couple of days have given way..

By Alastair Benn


Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Macron is no liberal - he is a French cultural imperialist

President Macron’s Armistice Day speech was predictably fêted by liberal commentators in the UK and the US. Jeremy Cliffe of..

By Alastair Benn


Friday, 9 November 2018

Culture Digest - Widows, Housman's A Shropshire Lad and Ingmar Bergman

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By Alastair Benn


Tuesday, 6 November 2018

People's Vote hokum shows the British system is not built for referendums

“We need a people’s vote on the final Brexit deal.” It’s quite hard to work out why that phrase sticks..

By Alastair Benn


Monday, 29 October 2018

Need to Know - What Merkel's resignation means

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Friday, 12 October 2018

Armistice Day and Cambridge University - why student politics matters

It’s easy to overlook the arcana of student politics – obscure, impenetrable and often plain silly – but sometimes a..

By Alastair Benn