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“Nasty” Britain
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“Nasty” Britain

In Britain it is the season for political party conferences, and the Conservatives’ conference this autumn provided clues about the tenor and trajectory of their policies.   Steve Latham   Long before her ascension to the premiership, Theresa May challenged the Tories that they were known as the “nasty party”. […]

Europe’s demons
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Europe’s demons

The Brexit vote has stunned liberal opinion throughout Europe. But it is only one aspect of a phenomenon overtaking our political landmass.   Steve Latham   Indeed atavistic sentiments, of nationalist hostility toward foreigners, are returning to the West as whole. The popularity of Donald Trump in the US election […]

The British heart of darkness
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The British heart of darkness

Arkadiusz Jóźwik was a Polish man, murdered in Essex, in the aftermath of the Brexit vote. Besides the tragedy which has overcome his family, the death also exemplified the pall of xenophobia which overtook the United Kingdom after the referendum.   Steve Latham   Immediately afterwards, racist attacks and hate […]

The Somme: a summing up?
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The Somme: a summing up?

In Britain we have been commemorating the Battle of the Somme during World War One, a particularly extreme incident in a conflict characterised by pointless carnage.   Steve Latham   On the first day alone 20,000 British soldiers were killed. By the end of the three-month offensive, over one million […]

“Wired” World?
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“Wired” World?

When “Wired” magazine began in 1993, it did so on a wave of euphoric optimism about the future. It expressed the positive-thinking future orientation of a confident turbo-capitalism.   Steve Latham   Communism had collapsed in Eastern Europe. The only alternative to free enterprise had bitten the dust. And there […]