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Immigration, Brexit and the Future of Progressive Politics in the UK

I still find it hard to believe that more people in this country feel we’d be better off outside the EU than remaining in the EU. For me, there are three main reasons for this astonishing outcome at the 2016 Referendum: 1. The Stronger In campaign was dreadful, a botched, Tory-driven nightmare from…

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Supporting the UK’s Single Most Effective Parliamentarian

So here’s a rather harsh irony: because of the fall in the Green Party vote compared to the 2015 General Election, Caroline Lucas (as the Green Party’s sole MP and Co-Leader) will see her support in Parliament halved – by around £8k a month. That ‘short money’ is calculated on the number of votes…

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Green Stars in a Sea of Mediocrity

I have to be honest: the whole idea of building a Progressive Alliance to take on the Tories in this Election (or ‘ABC: Anyone But the Conservatives’, as some of my friends put it!) is looking a little bedraggled. I was in Bristol West on Saturday, supporting the Green Party candidate, Molly Scott…

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Progressive Alliances: Momentum Building!

So, Theresa May has gone and done what any average, self-serving opportunistic politician would have done in a similar set of circumstances: forget ‘national interest’ and seize the moment to hammer an already divided and enfeebled Opposition. Who’s surprised – however many times she may have lied…

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Imagining a Non-Nuclear World

I found myself laughing rather too enthusiastically at a couple of jokes on last week’s Now Show (on Radio 4) about Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. Laughing in the face of the apocalypse may be a sound psychological survival strategy – or have I just become complacent about the threat of nuclear……

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The Rudiments of a Progressive Alliance

There are lots of politically-engaged people for whom the idea of a Progressive Alliance here in the UK is either of no interest (for various reasons) or ideologically abhorrent. Regardless of party, there are lots of dyed-in-the-wool tribalists whose politics is both defined and exclusively…

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