In many ways Gavin Williamson, the sacked Tory defence secretary, is a preposterous figure. As chief whip, he helped Theresa May become prime minister. Promoted to defence secretary in November 2017, he struck hawkish poses.
There are two common mistakes about Brexit. The first is that it is necessarily a coherent right wing project about achieving an even more radical form of neoliberalism than currently prevails in Britain.
I’m sure there are very many people who feel the Extinction Rebellion (XR) protests in London over Easter mark a watershed.
Jean-Paul Sartre wrote a brilliant novel called The Reprieve, set during the Munich crisis of September 1938. He showed how the agreement that ended the crisis solved nothing, simply postponing the outbreak of the Second World War by a year.
Bad news has been hitting the British car industry since the start of the year. In January Jaguar Land Rover announced 4,500 redundancies, mostly in Britain.
In the past few weeks discussion of the obscure economic school is Modern Monetory Theory has gone viral
The formation of The Independent Group (TIG) by breakaway Labour and Tory MPs is a sign of the extent to which the two-party system is buckling under the pressures of Brexit.
Antisemitic conspiracy theories have nothing to do with the politics of Jeremy Corbyn, with his history of anti-racist and anti-imperialist campaigning, let alone that of the Marxist left
Finally, all the rumours of a new centre party have given birth to—a mouse
Colin Barker, following Erik Olin Wright and Jeremy Hardy, is the latest outstanding socialist whom we have lost these past few days.
The 2007-8 financial crash continues to overshadow the world economy. The big economic news last week was the decision of the US central bank, the Federal Reserve Board (Fed), not to increase interest rates.
The Marxist sociologist Erik Olin Wright died of leukaemia last week. He was 71 years old.
After the crushing House of Commons defeat for her deal with the European Union (EU), Theresa May has been going through the motions of talking to opposition parties.
A thin ray of light shone through the Brexit tangle last week. Two government defeats in the House of Commons marked the moment when Theresa May definitively lost control of the parliamentary process governing Britain’s departure from the European Union (EU).
Just before Christmas Donald Trump took an important step towards controlling his own administration. By announcing the withdrawal of US troops in Syria he provoked the resignation of his defence secretary Jim Mattis.
The recent see-sawing of the oil price has a lot more to do with politics—particularly geopolitical competition among states—than economics
Brexit has become, as numerous commentators have pointed out, a historic crisis of the British state
Donald Trump has been blundering around Europe again, picking fights as he goes. But the relationship that really matters is between the US and China.
The Trump administration is full of surprises. The White House’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) has just published a 72-page report called, “The Opportunity Costs of Socialism.”
Francis Fukuyama has published a new book with the remarkably dull title Identity—not that anyone has really noticed. It was very different back in 1992, when The End of History and the Last Man came out.