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Robert Saunders teaches history at Queen Mary University of London. His most recent book is Yes to Europe! The 1975 Referendum and Seventies Britain
The former prime minister’s philosophy was more nuanced and complex than a single quote made it appear.
At this moment of crisis the UK needs a constructive opposition, not a compliant one.
To fight Boris Johnson’s populism, progressive politics needs to offer an alternative to “the people” and “the enemies of the people”.
The idea of “Global Britain” ignores the reality of our imperial past and pretends the UK can become a trading superpower through optimism alone.
The crisis of 1914 far eclipsed Brexit, and brought Britain closer to revolution than at any time since the 17th century.
The Prime Minister must be stopped from using the “will of the people” as a weapon to crush dissent from elected representatives.
The disproportionate influence of a small number of activists is distorting the whole character of our democracy.
The first of a new series on the state of the right.
The court in which Johnson should be found guilty is that of public opinion.
Trust in our politicians has never been lower. And the present crisis has fundamentally undermined parliament’s legitimacy and ability to function. Far-reaching reform is essential.