Campaigns Updates

  • A posh bloke’s government: No wonder they cocked up Covid crisis

    July 31, 2020

    Big companies are more successful when they have a large group of women at the top. That’s the conclusion of an analysis by Pipeline, a company which advises firms on how to make themselves more diverse.

  • Game, Set, Match for Putin in Russia Report

    July 21, 2020

    Vladimir Putin and Boris Johnson cannot believe their luck. In 2016, Putin scored his two biggest foreign policy wins since becoming Russian president in 1996. Now a major report in Britain lets Putin off the hook, just as Trump has buried reports by government investigators in Washington on his links with the Kremlin.

  • The emerging post-Brexit strategy for universities may cause reckless damage to the sector

    July 13, 2020

    UK universities are already reeling from Brexit uncertainty and the fallout from COVID-19. We now learn of new measures, which would impose international student rates on EU students and make them ineligible for student loans, further exacerbating the crisis. 

    Anne Corbett and Claire Gordon (LSE) give their critical view of an emerging post-Brexit strategy for universities and warn of its potential negative consequences. 

  • Europe and Labour: Where Next?

    July 13, 2020

    For decades everyone assumed that Europe would break the Conservative party. Instead it came close to breaking Labour.

  • US-UK Trade Deal waits for Biden and a No Deal Brexit

    July 13, 2020

    While publicly the US-UK trade talks are progressing at pace, with both sides committing to wrap up a deal before US elections (3 November), in reality this will prove impossible.

  • Us Remainers should get our priorities right

    July 06, 2020

    Over twenty years ago, William Hague, on becoming the first openly Eurosceptic Tory leader, argued that the UK should be in Europe, but not be ruled by it. What Hague meant by ‘in Europe’ was, as far as I recall, never defined, but in the context of the UK formally leaving the EU, the only cause left for Remainers’ is to ensure that the UK remains ‘in Europe’. 

  • One rule for Johnson gang, another for everyone else

    July 06, 2020

    Just over four years ago I met Stanley Johnson at a book launch. In my write up of the encounter, I described him as the “the charming father of boorish Boris, the Brexiteer.”

    We got on rather well after I told him I worked for a Labour MP who was playing a leading role in the Remain campaign. 

    “It’s up to you in the Labour Party to save us,” he told me. I was too polite to reply: “From your son, you mean?”

  • It's Not Over Yet - The Last Agonies of Brexit

    June 30, 2020

    We may be gingerly moving out of lockdown, but the toxic combination of incompetence and arrogance displayed by this Tory government over the past three months has irreparably shattered our country’s reputation for sound governance and pragmatism. Ironically, the more the Tories bang on about Global Britain, the more they come across to the outside world as weirdly introverted and out of touch with contemporary reality. The EU increasingly views Boris Johnson as an unreliable partner - given his track record, you can see their point. 

  • How Putin Helped Johnson Win Brexit and No 10

    June 30, 2020

    There is a small ticking time-bomb that keeps British Prime Minister Boris Johnson more awake than the crying of his new baby boy, Wilfrid.

  • Boris Bluster Must Be Exposed

    June 22, 2020

    The government has announced that despite the delays caused by COVID-19 it will refuse to extend the Brexit transition period beyond this year, whatever the consequences. This makes the chances of a no-deal Brexit all the more likely, with Britain's participation in the single market and customs union (and much else) ending overnight, with no replacement measures in place.