Ben Margulies

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    How Donald Trump’s populism may threaten the US-UK Special Relationship

How Donald Trump’s populism may threaten the US-UK Special Relationship

President Trump recently promoted the rhetoric of the far-right Britain First organization, which prompted an angry response from the UK’s Prime Minister, Theresa May. Ben Margulies writes that the transatlantic Twitter spat shows that Trump’s appeal to populism and anti-elitism may also draw it against the post-World War II liberal world order that the US-UK Special Relationship exemplifies.
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    Soft Brexit, soft landing? Interpreting Labour’s Brexit strategy

Soft Brexit, soft landing? Interpreting Labour’s Brexit strategy

Will the decision to back a soft Brexit hurt Labour’s prospects in the upcoming election further, or would it help? And what would it do to Labour’s prospects in the long run? Ben Margulies looks at the evidence and explains how Labour can avoid becoming irrelevant and how it can recover its position as the leading party of the […]

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    Why both camps in Labour’s internal struggle may be wrong about electability

Why both camps in Labour’s internal struggle may be wrong about electability

Although we know the membership figures, we know little about how representative of the public Labour is. Ben Margulies writes that it is not especially representative, and so Corbyn’s majority within the party does not, in itself, mean that the gap between “the people” and “the elite” in the UK is being bridged. For the party to function again, […]

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    UKIP on the up? The future looks set to play into their hands, it’s just a matter of grabbing it

UKIP on the up? The future looks set to play into their hands, it’s just a matter of grabbing it

Despite the sudden – though hardly unprecedented – resignation of their long-serving leader, it is hard to deny that UKIP  is having a productive year. And it might be about to get even better, argues Ben Margulies. From Labour’s struggle with working class voters to the wrangling over Article 50, it’s all  ammunition for the populist party. Now the question is […]

Debate: Why Blue Labour is a dead end

Adrian Pabst recently argued on this blog that Labour has become disconnected from blue-collar voters, with it’s rhetoric and policy appealing to an increasingly narrow segment of the population. He suggested that the ‘Blue Labour’ movement offers a way forward to address this issue. Here, Ben Margulies responds with a counter to this argument, suggesting the way forward is not to be found in the Blue Labour idea, which […]

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    The fragmentation of Britain’s party system may have contributed to the Lib Dems’ demise

The fragmentation of Britain’s party system may have contributed to the Lib Dems’ demise

 The Liberal Democrats’ decline and fall is not just a result of political miscalculation over the last five years, but also reflects changes in the overall party system. The growing polarisation in the British party system, with the rise of UKIP, the SNP and Greens, itself played a factor, argues Ben Margulies.

In contemporary British politics, the story of the Liberal Democrats […]