‘der brexit’? views from the german left

Recently we’ve heard voices from Germany urging the UK not to vote to leave the EU. Chancellor Angela Merkel stated, “I personally hope and wish that Britain will stay part and parcel of the European Union” before suggesting that the UK wouldn’t be able to achieve the same “quality of compromise” in post-Brexit negotiations. Meanwhile, … Continue reading ‘der brexit’? views from the german left

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leave or remain? the story of a conflicted decision

It’s unusual for me to sit on the fence about any important political issue. But the decision whether to remain in or leave the EU has been a uniquely long and complex one, full of contradictions and riddled with doubt — hence the inordinate length of time it’s taken to write this piece. I'm not … Continue reading leave or remain? the story of a conflicted decision

‘why the left party?’ reflecting on the research journey

(research notebook) Something I’ve often been quizzed on is my reason for writing about the Left Party. In fact, my Viva examination opened with this very question. By that point, I’d been buried in theory, literature and writing for so long that the initial inspiration seemed but a distant memory. So this post is about … Continue reading ‘why the left party?’ reflecting on the research journey

class and farce – two comments on the london election

So Sadiq Khan is now officially Mayor of London. The media haven’t missed an opportunity to point out that the city is the first major western European capital to be run by a Muslim. I read a comment on social media which argued that, interesting though this fact might be, the important thing is that … Continue reading class and farce – two comments on the london election