Author Archives: kevinwhitston

Blind Man’s Brexit Bluff

The EU says Britain must make ‘clear what they really want’. But they have. Britain wants a bespoke trade deal that gives her pretty much what she has now while remaining free to make her own trade deals elsewhere. The … Continue reading

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History’s revenge

The Brexit sage rolls on. Only a minimal shift in public opinion against Brexit. Most seem to hope that the political theatre of the negotiations will result in an agreement of some sort. It is hard to see what that … Continue reading

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Repression and separatism in Spain

The action of Spanish police in repressing the Catalonian referendum will do more to stoke the fires of separatism than almost anything the Catalans have done. What is at stake here? First, a principle, the right of ‘nations’ to self … Continue reading

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Brexit Left?

Is there a case for Brexit on the left? Larry Elliott made the argument recently in the Guardian. He thinks the EU was only another crutch that British capitalism sought to lean on. Moreover, he thinks the EU would outlaw … Continue reading

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Soft Brexit is the worst of all worlds

There seems to be a head of steam building among Conservatives for a 2-3 year ‘transition period’ after Britain formally leaves the EU before separation is complete. This could be an ‘off the peg’ arrangement, i.e., membership of the European … Continue reading

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Brexit Politics and Britain in the world economy

One of the many painful ironies of Brexit is the popular belief among ‘leave’ supporters that it means taking back control of our borders. David Goodhart gave this theme a novel twist with his characterisation of people with roots in … Continue reading

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Left, right, about turn

The call for Labour politicians to reconnect with its working class base used to come from the left. It was shorthand for reconnect with socialism, the ‘historic mission’ of the working class. Now it is Labour’s right, starting with Tom … Continue reading

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