Yearly Archives: 2014

Choose your own fantasy

What a depressing conference season this has been. We’ve had the triumphant gurning idiocy of Nigel Farage’s UKIP, a somnolently downbeat Labour gathering and a Conservative party that has decided that their route to victory is to disengage the clutch of reality … Continued

Do ‘conference bounces’ exist?

What is a ‘good conference’? I’ve been thinking a little about this since Labour conference, which received less than stellar reviews from the assembled journalists. On one level, it’s an easy question to answer. A good conference is one that … Continued

An English proposal

We don’t yet know if  the devolution dash that followed the tightening of the Independence referendum polls  has done enough to prevent Scottish independence. At the same time, the prospect of a further extension of powers to a Scottish parliament, … Continued

Trust, Politics and Pie Crusts

On Monday the Liberal Democrats launched their pre-manifesto. One little noticed part of the package was an attempt to outbid Labour on housebuilding. Now, I take a small interest in housing policy, so I was interested. Labour is promising to build … Continued

This is England ’14

I haven’t written on Scotland, because I’m not Scottish and I know little of Scottish politics, other than occasionally coming up against the fierce hatreds of the Scottish Labour party and the resultant regular fissures in machine politics. I want the … Continued

Shut up and take my money

I want to pay for good writing. I really do. The problem is, no-one seems to have worked out how to do it. Luckily I have. As Matthew Sinclair points out, for a standard punter to pay for their media is … Continued

The Stop the World Coalition

The most dominant movement in British foreign policy is not either of the main parties, or any major campaigning group. It is the Stop the World coalition. This is a broad alliance, encompassing Andrew Murray, Lindsey German of the far left to to Matthew … Continued

A small Summer for politics

Last week Danny Finkelstein said the following about this here blog. I think @hopisen one of the very best writers on modern politics. Simply & consistently brilliant. Here's the latest — Daniel Finkelstein (@Dannythefink) August 10, 2014 This is … Continued


What is it to be complicit in the actions of another state? It is a question raised by those speaking loudly against Israel, but not against Russia, or Syria, who argue that the reason their voice is loud in one case, … Continued

Not in my name?

It is hard to express my feelings about the gulf that has emerged between my views on the terrible, catastrophic situation in the Middle East and most of ‘leftish’ opinion1. I feel further adrift from my domestic friends than I ever … Continued