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Helen Thompson is professor of political economy at Cambridge University and a regular on the Talking Politics podcast.
For at least seven decades, energy security has made the Persian Gulf a geopolitical minefield.
His pagan vitality has proved his greatest political asset.
When the 2008 crash came, the party leaderships could not explain why it happened, or see what it might unravel.
Corbyn won the leadership because his opponents, saturated in New Labour culture, had nothing to say about his ideological attacks on austerity.
In practice, significant constitutional laws have passed unaccompanied by either an election or referendum.
Donald Trump's actions on Syria expose his catastrophic impulsiveness, but America's strategic incoherence and weakness goes well beyond the president.
The United team that lost to West Ham this season were devoid of identity and unacquainted with swagger.
Leave’s weakness has been compounded by the leadership of both Theresa May and Boris Johnson.
Those who wish to stop Brexit are not good-faith defenders of the principle of parliamentary sovereignty they now purport to champion.
The future has turned out to be nothing like the optimists of that decade supposed.