How Brexit led to Corbyn: UK politics review 2017

Official portrait of Jeremy Corbyn crop 2
It’s 2015 and Ed Miliband stumbles off the stage after failing to convince the audience that New Labour, which had left government five years earlier, had not overspent. It was a symbolic moment of that year’s election and also shows how much priorities have changed in British politics in the two and a half years since. Continue reading How Brexit led to Corbyn: UK politics review 2017


An anti-Brexit party really could succeed


Ever since the EU referendum result in June 2016, excitable speculation about the potential for an anti-Brexit party – most recently ignited by the support of former Daily Mail political editor James Chapman – has found its equal and opposite reaction in vigorous sneering at its prospects. Continue reading An anti-Brexit party really could succeed

No, Marine Le Pen would not be better for Brexit Britain than Emmanuel Macron

Meeting 1er mai 2012 Front National, Paris (45)
This article was published on HuffPost

We could call them red-, white- and blue-tinted spectacles. Since the vote to leave the European Union, there is a tendency in Britain to view European politics through the lens of Brexit. Every vote – from the Austrian presidential election to the Italian constitutional referendum and the Dutch general election – is seen as a vote on the EU.

The same has happened in the French presidential election, where on Sunday far-right Marine Le Pen will face off against centrist Emmanuel Macron in the second round. Le Pen is opposed to the European Union; Macron wants to strengthen it. Continue reading No, Marine Le Pen would not be better for Brexit Britain than Emmanuel Macron

Remainland grieves over Brexit

A public meeting about Brexit in Keir Starmer’s constituency highlights the country’s polarisation

Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, Crown Prosecution Service, UK (8450776372)

This article was published on Backbench

St Pancras Church, consecrated in 1822, is renowned for its Greek Revival architecture, inspired by the Erechtheum and the Tower of the Winds, both on the Acropolis in Athens. The Tower of the Winds is said to be the first weather station in the world.

On Tuesday night it hosted people hoping for a different kind of European revival, which was an opportunity to gauge the political weather in this part of central London. Keir Starmer, MP for Holborn and St Pancras and Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, was holding a public meeting on Brexit. He was joined by Tulip Siddiq, MP for neighbouring constituency Hampstead and Kilburn, and Sarah Hayward, leader of Camden Council. Camden voted to stay by 75%: a Remain heartland. Continue reading Remainland grieves over Brexit