Category Archives: UK politics

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Twitter is a Brexit battleground today. I thought I’d feel more passionate one way or the other about the milestone we’ve just passed. Instead I’m just impatient for the whole process to start. I’ve already explained how I voted Remain … Continue reading

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Castes

A trip to Birmingham to make a TV programme about people’s attitudes to Brexit leaves Adrian Chiles pondering the question of social cohesion, or the lack of it. From his column in the RSA’s house journal, which doesn’t seem to … Continue reading

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Out of the shadows

An intriguing book that sometimes tries too hard. My Times review of David Olusoga’s “Black and British: A Forgotten History” For all the fascinating material that it unearths, Black and British is not always an easy read. In his introduction … Continue reading

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The candidate 

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Jeremy Corbyn is winning on Facebook

He may not be doing so well with real voters, but it’s a different story on the Internet. Helen Lewis on a virtual reality revolution: We talk about the “Westminster bubble” but we should talk about the “Facebook bubble”, too. Most … Continue reading

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A bad case of groupthink

Frank Furedi on academia’s response to the referendum result: At the end of the conference, a Dutch colleague who knows that I voted Leave calls me aside and whispers: “I agree with you on Brexit.” When I ask her why … Continue reading

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Her local paper

Front page news, naturally. (Don’t read anything sinister into the divorce lawyer advertisement underneath: it’s always there.)

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Politicians, Twitter & the “sneerocracy”

Is Jeremy Corbyn an antisemite? Was Boris Johnson being racist when he mentioned Obama’s Kenyan heritage in that Sun article? I’m not convinced about either case. To be honest, I wasn’t even outraged by that infamous poster of refugees that … Continue reading

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Referendum day

I never expected to be in this position. Six months ago, I would have put myself in the 100% Remain camp. It simply wouldn’t have crossed my mind to vote the other way. But this morning, as I set off … Continue reading

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Zac Goldsmith, Bollywood fan

As we say goodbye and good riddance to his wretched mayoral campaign, a chance to savour his vintage red carpet moment.

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