How to Choose Britain’s Next Prime Minister

The Financial Times recently argued against the idea that Britain’s next prime minister should be elected by the Tory Party membership (’This is not the way to choose Britain’s next prime minister’, 15 August). Anyone who takes democracy seriously ought to object to the fact that executive power is going to be given by a fraction of … Continue reading How to Choose Britain’s Next Prime Minister

Andy Burnham is Not the Answer

Sir Keir Starmer is a worthless leader of the opposition. His politics, recycled Blairism and extreme factionalism together repudiating everything he told Labour members during his leadership campaign, are stale and uninspiring; but he is also incompetent and therefore ineffective. Labour has been unable to establish a convincing lead against a Tory government mired in … Continue reading Andy Burnham is Not the Answer

A Comment on Tony Blair’s Knighthood

Unfortunately, I was unable to get this piece published in Varsity. Here is some correspondence I had with the paper: Varsity has published two pieces about Blair, neither of which characterises the war as a crime, thus marginalising the views of many Iraqis, lawyers, peace activists and indeed Cambridge students. In light of Varsity editors … Continue reading A Comment on Tony Blair’s Knighthood

Jordan Peterson on Great Britain’s Gift to the World

Writing in The Telegraph (‘Why I love Great Britain’, 14 December), Canadian scholar Jordan B. Peterson informs us that the people of Great Britain have granted the world a gift whose power stands in permanent opposition to our most appalling proclivities as individuals and societies. That gift is the political expression of the sanctification of … Continue reading Jordan Peterson on Great Britain’s Gift to the World

Thoughts on Friendship, Comradeship, and Political Work

I’ve been thinking about the relation between friendship and comradeship recently. My thoughts are informed by my participation in student activism and political activism more broadly (particularly in the Labour Party). To begin with, it’s clear that we’re discussing two distinct categories that may or may not overlap. We have friends, those we are socially … Continue reading Thoughts on Friendship, Comradeship, and Political Work