Monday, 30 October 2017

Explaining Unemployment, Trump and Tinder: Short-Termism

The Stanford marshmallow experiment is a famous study on delayed gratification. Conducted in the 1960s and 1970s, psychologists brought a..

By Benjamin Clayton

Friday, 13 October 2017

Start screening cinema in schools

  “Cinema is magic in the service of dreams,” said Djibril Diop Mambéty, the acclaimed twentieth century Senegalese film director...

By Benjamin Clayton

Monday, 2 October 2017

Save our seaside: Britain needs a plan for coastal towns

When I worked in government, ‘Northern Powerhouse’ was a phrase so ubiquitous in conversation that foreign visitors could have been..

By Benjamin Clayton

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

The Age of Authenticity: Politicians need to keep it real

  Recent history has given us the remarkable rise of the unexpected politician. A seventy-one-year-old, cantankerous reality star sits in..

By Benjamin Clayton

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

We should value the institutions of religion

Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s former spin doctor, once infamously interrupted the PM mid-interview to declare “we don’t do God.” It..

By Benjamin Clayton

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Brexit negotiations really are as complex as the moon landing: an expert guide

When David Davis, Britain’s head negotiator, declared that Brexit negotiations are “as complicated as [the] moon landing,” others laughed. They..

By Benjamin Clayton

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Brexit or no Brexit, I love Britain either way

Remainers lament a “little Britain” drifting off into introspective irrelevance, whilst Brexiteers grieve for the once great seat of an..

By Benjamin Clayton

Monday, 14 August 2017

In defence of Theresa May

Power is a fickle lover. Twelve months ago, Mrs May bestrode British politics, the last woman standing after an orgy..

By Benjamin Clayton

Monday, 7 August 2017

London calling: Britain's economic engine is stalling

It has been a bad year for London, but the next few years might be even worse. A dangerous cocktail..

By Benjamin Clayton