Archive | July, 2011

How violent is the British far-right?

In the aftermath of the atrocities in Norway, the Economist asked Matt Goodwin to discuss the British far-right in light of the events in Norway. You can watch the interview here.

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The banning of the Daily Show

If you were expecting to see the Daily Show on More4 this week you would have been disappointed. While the rest of the world could see Jon Stewart’s take on the News International hacking controversy, viewers in the UK were denied that pleasure. Stewart’s usual method of editing footage of politicians for comedic effect fell […]

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The British far-right after Norway

In the aftermath of the atrocities in Norway, the Guardian asked Matt Goodwin to join a roundtable discussion on the far right, with Dan Hodges, journalist Matthew Taylor and Hugh Muir which which you can listen to here.

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Anders Behring Breivik: the ongoing debate

The recent attacks in Oslo and Utøya by ‘lone wolf’ Anders Behring Breivik have prompted a tidal wave of reaction and analysis in the international press and blogosphere. Here, Ballots and Bullets gathers together five pieces of essential reading which get to the heart of events: Our own Matthew Goodwin argues that the attacks are symptomatic […]

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The Norwegian attacks: five things we know

Based on my expertise on the far-right in Britain and continental Europe it is safe to conclude the following: 1. The distinction between actions and attitudes is an important one. Large majorities of citizens in Europe reject violence, but large numbers are also concerned about the same issues that feature in the ‘Breivik manifesto’: concern […]

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The Kennedys: no more heroes?

Why are the lives of Jack and Bobby Kennedy still being dramatised nearly five decades after their deaths? And what is significant about the latest effort, The Kennedys, recently screened on BBC2? In this Huffington Post piece I outline the controversial nature of The Kennedys and why it may point to a future of television […]

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Norway: what motivates ‘lone wolves’?

While initially thought to be the work of Islamic fundamentalists, it now appears that the tragic events in Norway are the work of a far-right extremist. Matthew Goodwin – an expert in the European far-right – provides analysis of the motivations of individuals like Anders Behring Breivik, a man widely described as a fundamentalist Christian […]

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Posters and politics

Despite its central role in political communications, the election poster is a strangely neglected beast. Yet, since the nineteenth century right up to the 2010 general election and the recent AV referendum campaign they can tell us so much about how the parties think of themselves and those whose support they are trying to mobilise. The […]

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Ownership for all: a Lib Dem fantasy?

Nick Clegg has recently attracted considerable attention for suggesting that each citizen on the electoral register should receive a free allocation of the shares held by the government in the part-nationalised banks Lloyds and RBS. The proposal is merely the latest iteration of an idea that has received a good deal of attention in recent […]

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The iron law of Miliband

By 196 votes to 41, Labour MPs recently endorsed Ed Miliband’s proposal to abolish bi-annual elections to the Shadow Cabinet and allow him to pick its members. If endorsed by Labour’s autumn conference (and it will) this will mean that the leader, and only the leader, can decide who will sit on the Front Bench. […]

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