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Go Local: the American Left and Tea Party

It is difficult to question that American leftism is enjoying prominence unparalleled in recent years. No longer is left-wing politics viewed as a vote-splitting sideshow, represented by third-party figures such as Ralph Nader or Jill Stein. Much of the Democratic Party, inspired by its activist base and the 2016 primary campaign of Bernie Sanders, has come to accept many ideas previously seen…

European Elections: the East Midlands

Debating what should and should not be classed as the East Midlands is a contentious affair. The definition used by the UK government includes the counties of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire as well as most of my home county of Lincolnshire (the rest is in Yorkshire and the Humber, for some reason.) The politics of the region are varied, making…

European Elections: Scotland

In a couple of weeks, Scots will go to the polls for the first time in two years. It’s been a long breather by recent standards: the last European elections in 2014 kicked off a dizzying three-year period which saw two Westminster elections, one Holyrood election, a council election and two separate referendums. (Labour members north of the border also managed to…

Mark Carney plays The Sims

Shoes off, tie loosened, keyboard clacked. It’s been another long day at the office, and Mark’s preferred relaxant is a classic amongst PC gamers. Double click. He boots up the Sims 2, in the vain hope that the virtual world the Carney family inhabits can take his mind off of climate, productivity, and other economic crises. He’s an expert at the game.…

Brexit: The Need For Compromise

With election results, it is tempting to find an easy story to tell. The inevitable ambiguity and complexity that accompany them create a demand for narratives to join up the dots. Such narratives crave heroes and villains, exulting winners and humiliated losers. On that account, the winners in the local elections on Thursday were the Liberal Democrats and Greens, who respectively doubled…

South Africa: What Next?

On May 8th, South Africans will go to the polls. Virtually all pundits predict that the incumbent African National Congress will win its sixth consecutive mandate to govern the country nationally. While the party’s margin of victory remains an open question, it seems inconceivable that anyone other than Cyril Ramaphosa will be President. This threatens catastrophe for the left. To understand where…