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Helen Thompson is professor of political economy at Cambridge University and a regular on the Talking Politics podcast.
The government’s “build back better” narrative renders the pandemic an opportunity – but ignores the fact that prior to Covid-19, something was already amiss in the world economy.
The former chief aide to Boris Johnson saw through David Cameron's attempts in 2015 to hide the precarious nature of Britain's EU membership.
For Republicans, energy is a matter of economic growth and geopolitical strength; for many Democrats, it is about climate change. But both parties must tackle US dependence on China.
If Boris Johnson were to refuse another referendum, it would be harder to persuade Scottish voters that they are better served in the Union.
The pandemic has exposed our brittle belief in progress and undermined the assumption that science can save us from the rise-and-fall cycle of civilisation.
For both the Conservatives and Labour, the risk of shunning a deal with Brussels involves the further risk of allowing another Scottish referendum.
Lockdown was for too long allowed to be an existential space.
For two decades, cheap labour in China drove consumer prices down. But when goods are produced in a world of fear and geopolitical rivalry, their origins, not just their cost, really matter.
While the EU is fixated on avoiding economic retaliation during the Hong Kong crisis, the UK is joining the US in decoupling from China.
Months upon end in which the devolved executives have exercised powers in health and education has convinced ever more people that the Union should end.