Beyond the UK

Review: Yesterday’s Man: The Case Against Joe Biden by Branko Marcetic

Famously, Franklin Roosevelt was described by none other than Supreme Court Chief Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes as possessing a “second class intellect but a first class temperament”. While perhaps they wouldn’t say as much out loud, one gets the feeling that this is an epithet with which supporters of Joseph R. Biden, former Vice President, 6-term Senator from Delaware and presumptive Democratic…

Judge Dread: Sergio Moro and the Bolsonaro project

Jair Bolsonaro is nothing if not consistent – though he may occasionally have wavered on economics,  the Workers’ Party and various issues great and small, the Brazilian president has always been and always will be a paranoid authoritarian with no respect for institutional rules. Upon his election in 2018, there were some who thought his anti-democratic outbursts were just flavor rather than…

The TTIP of the Iceberg: Why Labour can win on the NHS and trade

Earlier this week, Jeremy Corbyn revealed that the Government has held secret trade talks with the US on healthcare and medicines – despite Boris Johnson’s repeated claim that the NHS is “not on the table in any way”.  The 400 pages of leaked documents confirm what many who work in trade policy already knew: the US’s absolute priority in a future trade…