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 […]
Whilst the debates in Scotland were a very welcome sign of political engagement, we should be cautious about the nature and the extent of that engagement
Reflecting on the Scottish independence referendum, Mary Evans asks whether the politics of localism are sufficient to challenge neoliberal policies. She writes that what is clear is that a lot of people care a great deal about the neoliberal assault on the public sector, but we do not all have that sense of shared political identity which allows us to create […]
The road not taken and the ‘bad faith’ thesis: Why a Liberal Democrat-Labour coalition never happened in May 2010
Many have suggested it was the LibDem lack of good faith which scuppered a deal between the party and Labour in 2010 and not the political facts of the day. Bill Jones explores those awkward five days in May and argues that there were more compelling reasons for the LibDems to take the road they took. The publication last year of Andrew Adonis’s […]
Lib Dems killing a Tory majority, liberalising immigration for growth and the wider implications of the Breivik verdict: Top 5 blogs you might have missed this week
Alex Hern at the New Statesman discusses the contention that liberalising immigration would double the world’s income overnight.
Simon Wren Lewis picks apart the facts and spin about fiscal policy and spending profligacy under Gordon Brown.
Jennifer Welsh at Politics in Spires argues that the UK government is in a Catch 22 situation with respect to Julian Assange.
Kiran Stacey at the FT’s Westminster Blog notes that a […]
This book is a timely collection of essays on Labour’s second period in office during the international financial crisis of 1929-1931. Contributions by leading historians and younger academics bring fresh perspectives to Labour’s domestic problems, electoral and party matters, relations with the Soviet Union and ideological questions. Many of the chapters offer a valuable and fresh perspective on the period, but […]
Debating academic rigour, hunting the dude, and hurling abuse at Gordon Brown: Top 5 blogs you might have missed this week
Chris Dillow at Stumbling and Mumbling wonders what’s the use of academic rigour when empirical evidence is routinely ignored in policy making.
Damian McBride recalls the day five years ago that Gordon Brown became Prime Minister – and had abuse hurled at him by his closest aides…
Richard Murphy on the Ripped-off Britons blog argues that good capitalism is good business, and provides some tips on […]
The role of special advisers should be clarified and there must be more transparency about their work
The seemingly nebulous and underhand role of special advisers has featured prominently in many of the government’s recent scandals – most recently in the case of Adam Smith and the handling of the Newscorps bid for BSkyB. Martin Smith argues that the problem is not their existence per se, but a lack of clarity about what they do and transparency about how […]
Charlie Beckett discusses former Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s appearance at the Leveson inquiry and points out that politicians are no more objective that the journalists that report on them. This article first appeared on LSE’s Polis blog Reaction to Gordon Brown’s appearance at the Leveson inquiry has mainly consisted of political journalists expressing shock at his high moral tone and […]