Move Fast and Break Democracy

Image description: The Whitehall sign, which reads: ‘Whitehall, SW1, City of Westminster’.  Dominic Cummings left 10 Downing Street as he entered it — through the front door, with the nation’s cameras watching.  A special advisor, he enjoyed unusual influence in a PM’s team, and a higher public profile than many senior frontbenchers. We should all be […]

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Can we talk about Boris Johnson’s anti-Semitism now, please?

Image description: screen on truck reads “Holocaust deniers harboured by Labour”. Edited over the top is Jeremy Corbyn’s outline, over which is placed a prohibition symbol, as well as Boris Johnson’s outline, over which is placed a question mark. CW: discussion of anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic tropes Finally, Labour has begun to tackle the anti-Semitism rife […]

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COVID-19 has no parallel in war. Our language should reflect this

Image description: Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Prime Minister Boris Johnson clapping outside 10 Downing Street It has become something of a trend to compare the COVID-19 crisis to war, with Donald Trump labelling himself “a wartime president”, Emmanuel Macron telling the French people: “nous sommes en guerre”, and New York governor Andrew Cuomo referring to […]

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The Divided Kingdom

“This royal throne of kings, this scepter’d isle… This other Eden… This land of such dear souls, this dear dear land, dear for her reputation through the world, is now leased out… England, bound in with the triumphant sea whose rocky shore beats back the envious siege of watery Neptune, is now bound in with […]

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