Predictions for 2016 Election

This article was originally written in 2014 as an assessment of the Republicans and the Democrats. There are no clear Republican frontrunners for the upcoming presidential elections and it’s yet to be seen what nominees are about to emerge from the underbelly of the corporate Right. By contrast, it looks likely that Hillary Clinton will be running as she has not explicitly dispersed the interest in her potential candidacy and dear Bill said he has “no earthly idea” (a non-answer if there ever was one). There remains a lot of interest in Bernie Sanders with the hope that he may … Continue reading

20th Century Liberalism is dying, there is no third way (and there never was)

For those who perhaps haven’t been following the US primaries too closely (although I doubt it on this site) the election came alive on Tuesday night. Whilst the Republican contest is still all to play for – with Cruz, Trump and in spite of everything, not least himself, Jeb Bush all in with a reasonable shot at victory – the Democratic race is now far more interesting, and frankly significant. A week after failing to grab Iowa, as I thought he probably needed to he, not only did Bernie Sanders win in New Hampshire – but he won by a … Continue reading

Europe isn’t diverse enough

The question of diversity in Europe is a recurrent one. This is probably because Europe may be the most homogeneous place on earth. The number of European languages has dwindled to 286 compared to over 2,000 languages spoken in Africa. Yet the continent remains home to rival forms of nationalism, particularly in the EU. Despite the constant shift of borders and migrations across the region, the notion of a common European identity seems painfully elusive. The fact that French, for example, was the language of choice for many monarchs, from England to Russia, does not fit into nationalist discourse. Indeed, … Continue reading