Archive | June, 2012

Immigration and Identity: An Open Letter to Labour

Over at Policy Network, Dr Matt Goodwin has written a letter to the Labour Party that speaks to the current debate about immigration and identity politics. The post follows a recent event at the think-tank, and forms part of its new project on ‘populism, extremism and the mainstream’ (co-funded by the Barrow Cadbury Trust). You […]

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Is David Cameron really as bad as Paul McCartney’s Wings?

As we all know, in his early days as Conservative leader David Cameron let it be known that he saw himself as the ‘heir to Blair’. Cameron’s presentational style and approach to the media remains very Blair-like – although he seems to have gone from early (popular) Blair to late (‘when did he say he […]

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Obama and the DREAMERs: A Desperate, but Possibly Humane Policy

On 15 June 2012, President Obama announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security would take steps in order to “cease” deportations of undocumented young people that were brought to the United States by their undocumented parents from countries such as Mexico. Obama’s pronouncement would “protect” undocumented young people that arrived in the U.S. prior […]

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Defending not Defunding the Public University

Further and higher education in the UK is under attack. Neoliberal restructuring has reached colleges and universities across the country. University tuition fees have been increased by up to £9,000 per year and education has increasingly become a commodity to be purchased on the market. Not everyone has, however, accepted this outcome as Prof. Andreas […]

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Back of the Net!

Throughout the Euro 2012 tournament we tweeted about the politics behind the countries competing and looked at whether various factors, such as population size, GDP, constitutional monarchy vs. republics, euro vs. non-euro, and women in government, to see if they made a difference on the pitch.

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Transcend the Electoral Conjuncture

As the grandees of the transnational capitalist class of the G20 prepared to meet in the municipality of Los Cabos in the Mexican state of Baja Califonia Sur to discuss global economic crisis, a rather different VIP came to address students, academics, and activists in Mexico. This was the figure of Camila Vallejo, Vice President of […]

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The anti-politics of The Thick of It

There’s been a bit of a kerfuffle over Armando Iannucci’s acceptance of an OBE. Alastair Campbell has accused Iannucci of hypocrisy because, despite his situation comedy The Thick of It mocking the Establishment, he has happily received an honour from the same source. Campbell – generally regarded as the template for Malcolm Tucker, the sweary […]

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Polling Observatory #15: Levelling off at a lower altitude

This is the fifteenth of a series of posts that report on the state of the parties as measured by opinion polls. By pooling together all the available polling evidence we can reduce the impact of the random variation each individual survey inevitably produces. Most of the short term advances and setbacks in party polling […]

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The Eurozone Crisis and Potential Future Scenarios

Neo-liberal restructuring in Europe has come up against its internal contradictions. It has reached its limits. Germany’s export strategy, based on cuts in wages and working conditions, cannot be replicated by everybody else. If one country has such a drastic surplus in trade, others must absorb these products. Even more severely, the Eurozone crisis has […]

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Labour and the fear of ‘equality’

  I was invited by the Policy Network to respond to one of their latest publications, A Centre-Left Project for New Times, which maps out how European social democrats might respond to the current political situation. I decided to focus on ‘equality’ – an issue that is supposed to differentiate the left from the right […]

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