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    Epitaph for a political chancer: Cameron’s fate exemplifies the inability of UK elites to resolve long-run crises

Epitaph for a political chancer: Cameron’s fate exemplifies the inability of UK elites to resolve long-run crises

David Cameron’s announcement that he is stepping down as Prime Minister capped a night of unprecedented referendum triumph for the ‘Brexiteers’ on the Conservative right and in UKIP in overthrowing Britain’s 43 year old membership of the European Union. Patrick Dunleavy considers the lessons that Cameron learned too late to save his premiership.

Thirteen months ago I forecast that […]

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    ‘Banging on about Europe’: how the Eurosceptics got their referendum

‘Banging on about Europe’: how the Eurosceptics got their referendum

Brexit would be a ‘self-inflicted wound’, David Cameron declared this week. He should know about those, writes Tim Bale. He traces the Conservative rebellions that extracted successive concessions from the PM, to no avail – until he finally tried to appease his party’s Eurosceptics by promising them a referendum.

On Tuesday, we heard the Prime Minister give his final plea on why we should remain […]

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    Dark days for the Tories: The implications of the EU referendum for domestic party politics

Dark days for the Tories: The implications of the EU referendum for domestic party politics

The referendum debate has revealed deep fissures in the Conservative Party. Sean Swan considers the different scenarios that might follow the vote, and writes that – in or out – it does not seem likely that the losing side will simply accept the referendum result as the end of the matter.

Most analysis of the referendum has, understandably, focused on the […]

Going, Going, Gone: How Safe is David Cameron?

Last weekend, rumors were once again abound of plots to remove David Cameron as leader. Ben Worthy assesses the Prime Minister’s position in light of the latest threat, and writes that although it appears probable he will survive attempts to topple him in the short-term, the plots, rumours and rebellion will continue.

The UK’s EU referendum has turned into a series […]

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    Open Up or Shut Up? David Cameron’s three transparency problems

Open Up or Shut Up? David Cameron’s three transparency problems

Politicians who guarantee greater transparency frequently find their promises coming back to haunt them. Ben Worthy writes that although the Prime Minister has done nothing against the law, his high profile bid to tackle tax evasion and castigation of tax dodgers in the past left him open to charges of hypocrisy when his own tax affairs came under the spotlight last week.

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    Project Fear is the legacy of decades of Euroscepticism. Dare Cameron make a positive case for the EU?

Project Fear is the legacy of decades of Euroscepticism. Dare Cameron make a positive case for the EU?

It is 14 years since Tony Blair extolled the merits of the EU in his landmark Cardiff speech. Since then, writes Oliver Daddow, Euroscepticism has gradually come to dominate the political agenda, and the best David Cameron hopes for is a reluctant agreement to Remain from the media. Unless he dares to make the multilateral case for staying in […]

March 14th, 2016|Brexit, Featured|5 Comments|
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    When should Cameron resign? Lessons from Wilson, Thatcher, and Blair

When should Cameron resign? Lessons from Wilson, Thatcher, and Blair

The Prime Minister recently vowed to remain in office if he lost the referendum on the UK’s EU membership. His comments came less than a year after he told the BBC his plan was to step down before the 2020 election. So when, if ever, should prime ministers resign and what impact does such a choice have? Kingsley Purdam, […]

How do we decide what is in the national interest?

David Cameron recently described Jeremy Corbyn’s support for nuclear disarmament as a threat to national security. During his premiership, Gordon Brown argued for sweeping reforms to tackle global challenges such as climate change, poverty and the failing banking system, all in the name of ‘the national interest’. But how should we evaluate such political rhetoric? Adam Humphreys highlights the distinction between reformist and conservative reasoning in deciding what […]

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