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The centenary of Benjamin Britten’s birth has been widely celebrated in Britain. He is, after all, our greatest composer – at least since Purcell, and certainly of the 20th century. But there is something more to the celebration of his … Continue reading

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During my stint as a special adviser to David Blunkett in the Home Office, I had the good fortune to work with the late Bernard Crick. Bernard had been appointed to advise the home secretary on the development of policies and … Continue reading

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David Cameron’s speech in Scotland today is important for a couple of reasons. The first and most obvious is that he is clearly deeply committed to the unionist cause. It isn’t simply that he fears being the prime minister who … Continue reading

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This week the prime minister is announcing the formation of an expert Commission on the West Lothian question. Ever since Tam Dalyell first raised it during the 1970s debate on Scottish devolution, the West Lothian question has been a hardy … Continue reading

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Louise Mensch MP attracted a lot of attention for her recent GQ interview, in which she expressed frustration at not being promoted. I was rather more taken by a tweet in which she declared her delight at the news that … Continue reading

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The stunning victory of the SNP in May’s Scottish Parliamentary elections might have been expected to trigger extensive public and political debate about the future of the United Kingdom. Thus far, it has not done so. Aside from an interesting … Continue reading

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Political leadership in Europe is in short supply. In addition to the crisis in the eurozone, and the deeper crisis of legitimacy that the European political project faces, the continent is suffering an identity crisis.

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By common consent, Labour did disastrously last week in Scotland – it did well in Wales and Northern England, but barely dented the Conservative vote in the South of England. However, that summary skates over important advances in crucial electoral … Continue reading

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In a thoughtful and original essay for our journal PPR on the role of a future King William, eminent historian and Labour MP Tristram Hunt argues that the reason for the enduring interest in the royals is that they have become a … Continue reading

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